Dietitian Nutrition for health is the goal of the dietitian. Registered dietitians (RDs) have completed an intensive study of all aspects of nutrition and health. They plan nutrition programs to help both sick and healthy people who need to improve their nutrition. The responsibilities of registered dietitians vary according to their specialty. For example, they may plan meals and nutrition programs at large organizations such as universities and military dining services. Clinical dietitians work as part of a health care team in hospitals or other health care institutions. Others work in public health nutrition, planning programs and projects for communities or based on the needs of a specific population, such as young children.
Dietetic Technician Dietetic technicians, registered (DTRs) are food and nutrition practitioners who work in a variety of settings; usually on teams with registered dietitians (RD). They extend and support the work of the RD by teaching classes, gathering nutrition assessment information, counseling individuals, developing menus, performing nutrient analysis, purchasing food, supervising employees, and much more. Their responsibilities vary based on specialty and the work setting. They are an integral part of health care and food service management teams. DTRs may also work in business, research, industry, and public health.