Dietitians make it easier for the public to make healthy food choices. The advice and information they provide is tailored to the needs and values of their clients and communities. They translate complex scientific evidence into practical solutions to promote health and help clients manage special health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, food allergies and obesity.
Dietitians are valuable and important members of the health team. Dietitians work alongside other health professionals including physicians, nurses, occupational therapists and pharmacists; they develop new food products, conduct research in Canada and abroad, work with government to create healthy policies and programs, and own their own businesses.
You’ll find dietitians working in hospitals, health clinics, long term care centres, public health, grocery stores, the food industry, as entrepreneurs, and in education and research.
To become a dietitian, you need to complete a bachelor of science degree from an accredited university program plus a supervised, hands-on training program.
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. You cannot become a dietitian or a recognized health professional in food or nutrition through an online program or a one or two year program.
Not every nutritionist is a dietitian
Dietitians make a difference
- Interested in a Career in Food and Nutrition? Become a Dietitian!
(September 2016) – This one page tool was designed to use for high school and university career days and with those potentially interested in a career in food and nutrition. It describes the training, education and roles and workplaces of dietitians.
- Dietitians promote health through food and nutrition
(March 2015) – Dietitians make it easier for you to make daily food choices and plan healthy meals that are enjoyable and delicious. They work with you to help you feel your best. Dietitians translate scientific research into practical solutions.
- Dietitians – Training and roles
(March 2015) – This one page leaflet describes the dietitians' education and varied roles, and highlights that dietitians are collaborative and evidence-based.
- Dietitians in Primary Care
(April 2014) – This bilingual factsheet provides an overview of what dietitians do and the difference they can make in primary health care environments.
- Dietitians and Chronic Disease Management
(May 2014) – This bilingual factsheet promotes the effectiveness of diet counselling delivered by dietitians in chronic disease management.
- Dietitians in Teledietetics
(January 2018) – This bilingual factsheet promotes the effectiveness of telephone counselling delivered by dietitians.
- Dietitians in Aboriginal Communities
(March 2014) – This resource provides some facts about the nutritional issues of Aboriginal Peoples and describes the differences dietitians can make working collaboratively with communities.
Created January 15, 2018