Dietetic technicians provide counseling and education to patients in regard to their nutrition, helping them understand how to make healthier choices. They plan menus, implement nutritional programs and prepare recipes for people with special nutritional needs.
Dietetic technicians work under the supervision of a registered dietician in a variety of settings, including hospitals, schools, government agencies, community health centers and food-related industries. They usually work normal hours, but may be needed on nights and weekends in larger facilities where they prepare meals.
A typical dietetic technician program takes two years and results in an associate’s degree. There are currently no programs in Iowa, but education opportunities exist in each of the surrounding states.
Career Outlook Map of Iowa
Dietetic technicians are expected to grow at an average rate. There are not a lot of jobs in Iowa, but the long-term outlook is good as the state's population ages and nutrition becomes a bigger health issue.