Learn about Dietitians
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. 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.
Working with dietitians can save health care costs, improve employee productivity, and reduce a client’s risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
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!
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 – Training and roles
(November 2016) – This one page lbilingual factsheet describes the dietitians' education and varied roles, and highlights that we are regulated, collaborative and evidence-based.
- Interested in a Career in Food and Nutrition? Become a Dietitian!
(September 2016) – This one page bilingual factsheet 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 in working in Primary Care are cost effective
(November 2016) – This one page 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
(November 2016) – This one page bilingual factsheet promotes the effectiveness of diet counselling delivered by dietitians in chronic disease management.
- Dietitians in Teledietetics
(January 2018) – This handout promotes the effectiveness of telephone counselling delivered by dietitians.
- Dietitians in Aboriginal Communities
(March 2015) – This resource provides some facts about the nutritional issues of Aboriginal Peoples and describes the differences dietitians can make working collaboratively with communities.
- Principles of Professional Practice
(May 2012) – Registered dietitian members of Dietitians of Canada are committed to the highest level of competence, responsibility, respect and engagement in their work as nutrition professionals. .
Updated January 15 2018