Dietetic Technician, Registered

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A dietetic technician, registered, often working in partnership with registered dietitians, screens, evaluates and educates patients; manages and prevents diseases such as diabetes and obesity and monitors patients’ and clients’ progress. DTRs work in settings such as hospitals and clinics, extended-care facilities, home health-care programs, schools, correctional facilities, restaurants, food companies, foodservice providers, public health agencies, government and community programs such as Meals on Wheels, health clubs, weight management clinics and wellness centers.

DTRs have met one of the following criteria to earn the credential:

  • Completion of a two-year Associate degree granted by a U.S. regionally accredited college/university, completion of dietetic technician program requirements in an ACEND-accredited program, pass a national written examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), and completion of continuing professional educational requirements to maintain registration.
  • Completion of a Baccalaureate degree granted by a U.S. regionally accredited college/university, or foreign equivalent, completion of an ACEND-accredited DPD program, completion of an ACEND-accredited Dietetic Technician supervised practice, pass a national written examination administered by CDR and completion of continuing professional educational requirements to maintain registration.
  • Completion of a Baccalaureate degree granted by a U.S. regionally accredited college/university, or foreign equivalent, completion of an ACEND-accredited DPD or CP program, pass a national written examination administered by CDR and completion of continuing professional educational requirements to maintain registration.
Career Outlook: 
Career Outlook data applies to the entire United States, not just New Hampshire.
Number of Jobs 2010: 
79
Number of Projected Jobs 2020: 
89
Jobs Percentage Change: 
0.1%
Total Annual Openings: 
2
Growth Outlook: 
Favorable
June 2013 Entry Level Wage: 
$8.42
June 2013 Mean Wage: 
$13.92
June 2013 Experienced Wage: 
$16.67
Salary Range: 
$20,000 - $40,000
Education Requirements: 
Programs: 
Time to Complete: 
2 years

Education Levels:

License and Certification Requirements: 
Coding Certification Required: 
Yes
Coding License Required: 
No
Certification(s) Required: 
Yes
List of Required Certifications: 
Dietetic Technicians-Registered
Certification Requirements: 
To be certified, you must complete a minimum of 450 supervised practice hours, complete the Registration Examination for Dietetic Technicians and have at least an Associate
Career Categories: 

Types of Work:

Workplace Environment: 
Community-Based Setting or Patients' Homes
Hospital
Types of Interaction: 
Direct Patient Interaction