Jobs Description of Dietetic Technician Career

Dietetic Technician Jobs - Assists in the provision of food service and nutritional programs, under the supervision of a dietitian. May plan and produce meals based on established guidelines, teach principles of food and nutrition, or counsel individuals.
Jobs Description of Dietetic Technician Career

Dietetic Technician career is part of the Health Science cluster Therapeutic Services

A person in Dietetic Technician career:

  • Observes patient food intake and reports progress and dietary problems to dietician.
  • Prepares a major meal, following recipes and determining group food quantities.
  • Supervises food production or service or assists dietitians or nutritionists in food service supervision or planning.
  • Plans menus or diets or guides individuals or families in food selection, preparation, or menu planning, based upon nutritional needs and established guidelines.
  • Analyzes menus or recipes, standardizes recipes, or tests new products.
  • Conducts nutritional assessments of individuals, including obtaining and evaluating individuals' dietary histories, to plan nutritional programs.
  • Determines food and beverage costs and assists in implementing cost control procedures.
  • Develops job specifications, job descriptions, or work schedules.
  • Delivers speeches on diet, nutrition, or health to promote healthy eating habits and illness prevention and treatment.
  • Refers patients to other relevant services to provide continuity of care.

People who do Dietetic Technician job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation involves bending or twisting your body more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Exposed to disease and infections more than once a month through work such as patient care, laboratory work, and sanitation control
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves walking or running more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Specialty and Similar Dietetic Technician Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to Dietetic Technician career:
  • Certified Dietary Manager (CDM) - Puts menus together, meeting food safety regulations and providing nutritional information, as well as manages food preparation staff members. Usually works in facilities that need a large number of meals prepared for a specific type of population like ho

Transferable Skills

Here's a list of skills used in Dietetic Technician career that are also used in other careers.
Medium level of skill required
  • Counseling and advising people
  • Giving health care instructions
  • Planning and giving information and help
  • Preparing orders for supplies
  • Preparing project status reports
  • Providing lodging or meal facilities

Workplace Dietetic Technician Skills

Workplace skills are practiced activities that help people become successful in all kinds of careers. Here's a list of the workplace skills that are used in Dietetic Technician career.
Medium level of skill required
  • Complex problem solving
  • Coordination
  • Instructing
  • Judgment and decision making
  • Service orientation
  • Social perceptiveness
  • Time management

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