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Employment and Earnings
Dietitians and nutritionists hold about 57,000 jobs in the United States. More than half of all jobs are in hospitals, nursing care facilities, outpatient care centers, or offices of physicians and other health practitioners. State and local government agencies provide additional jobs -- mostly in correctional facilities, health departments, and other public-health-related areas. Some dietitians and nutritionists are employed in special food services, an industry made up of firms providing food services on contract to facilities such as colleges and universities, airlines, correctional facilities, and company cafeterias.

Other jobs are in public and private educational services, community care facilities for the elderly (which includes assisted-living facilities), individual and family services, home health care services, and the Federal Government -- mostly in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Some dietitians are self-employed, working as consultants to facilities such as hospitals and nursing care facilities or providing dietary counseling to individuals.

In terms of earnings, the median annual wages of dietitians and nutritionists were $50,590 in May 2008. The middle 50 percent earned between $41,060 and $61,790. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $31,460, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $73,410. Median annual earnings in the industries employing the largest numbers of dietitians and nutritionists are about:

Outpatient care centers $52,120
General medical and surgical hospitals 51,390
Nursing care facilities 51,110
Local government 47,390
Special food services 45,410

According to the American Dietetic Association, median annual wages for registered dietitians in 2007 varied by practice area as follows: $60,008 in consultation and business; $64,002 in food and nutrition management; $66,061 in education and research; $52,000 in clinical nutrition/ambulatory care; $53,997 in clinical nutrition/long-term care; $48,006 in community nutrition; and $48,984 in clinical nutrition/acute care. Salaries also vary by years in practice, education level, and geographic region.

Note: Some resources in this section are provided by the US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.
 


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