Registered Clinical Dietitian Salary
Most Registered Clinical Dietitians in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $51K per year. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Although a fair number have medical coverage and the larger part have dental coverage, one in four claim no health benefits at all. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Job Description for Registered Clinical Dietitian
Registered clinical dietitians are trained nutritional professionals. Their jobs vary depending on the employer, but their main overall objective is to promote a healthy and sustainable diet. They often do this by counseling others on food and nutrition. As clinical dietitians, they may also provide care to patients at hospitals or those who have various diseases or conditions; in this case, they not only counsel patients on food choices, but also monitor and assess their situations and determine optimal nutritional choices based on their' medical conditions.Read More...
The dietitian's aim is to use diet to bring patients back to health, speed the recovery process, prevent disease, and maintain a healthier lifestyle. Registered clinical dietitians may work nights or weekends if employed at a hospital. If employed by a smaller institution, such as a school or private practice, their hours are more regular. The work is non-physical, but requires a great deal of interaction. They communicate regularly with other healthcare professionals to organize nutritional needs and make recommendations for dietary supplements when necessary.
To become registered, they must obtain a Bachelor's degree from an education program approved by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics and amass 1,200 hours of supervised practice in an internship or coordinated program. Then, they must pass a national exam administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration. Some states do not require dietitians to be registered, but it is always preferred by employers.
Registered Clinical Dietitian Tasks
- Counsel individuals and groups on basic rules of good nutrition, healthy eating habits and nutrition monitoring.
- Screen, assess and evaluate nutritional needs, diet restrictions and current health plans to develop and implement dietary-care plans and provide nutritional counseling.
- May monitor food service operations to ensure conformance to nutritional, safety, sanitation and quality standards.
- Advise patients and their families on nutritional principles, diet modifications, food selection and preparation.
- Consult with physicians and health care staff to determine nutritional needs and diet restrictions of patient.
Common Career Paths for Registered Clinical Dietitian
Registered Clinical Dietitians who transition into new roles such as Clinical Nutrition Manager may see a slight upturn in salary. The average Clinical Nutrition Manager earns $62K per year. Registered Clinical Dietitians most often move into positions as Registered Dietitians or Clinical Dietitians. Registered Dietitians actually earn $5K less on average, however, and Clinical Dietitians earn $6K less per year than Registered Clinical Dietitians do.
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Popular Skills for Registered Clinical Dietitian
Registered Clinical Dietitians report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Nutrition Support, Nutrition, Patient Education, and Critical Care are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Counseling. The majority of those who know Patient Education also know Counseling and Nutrition Support. It is often found that people who know Nutrition are also skilled in Nutrition Support.
Pay by Experience Level for Registered Clinical Dietitian
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Registered Clinical Dietitians — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $49K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $60K. Registered Clinical Dietitians with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $60K. After two decades in the workforce, the average Registered Clinical Dietitian generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $69K.
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