A career as a dietitian
Registered dietitians are health care professionals who are trained to provide advice about diet, food and nutrition. They use the science of nutrition to help people make healthy food choices, separating fact from fiction and distinguishing healthy eating plans from those that don’t provide optimal nourishment.
Dietitians play a major role in health care, industry, government and education. They influence policy development, direct nutrition programs, manage quality food services and conduct nutrition research.
Dietitians are regulated health professionals. To use the title Registered Dietitian (RD), dietitians must be registered with the dietetic regulatory body in the province in which they practice.
Dietitians are in demand. Today, with better understanding of the relationship between good eating habits and good health, dietitians are playing an increasingly important role in contributing to the health and well-being of Canadians.
There are three steps to becoming a professionally qualified dietitian in Canada.
- Education: Accredited Undergraduate Programs
- Internships and Practicum Programs
- Registration to Practice
Amanda highlights the difference between a dietitian and a nutritionist.