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Do registered dietitians specialize in different populations?

Yes, registered dietitians can and do specialize in providing medical nutrition therapy and nutrition counseling to different populations that include:
  • Gender
  • Ethnicity
  • Age
  • Disease/medical condition
  • Fitness status
Many registered dietitians have acquired additional certifications, training, and education in order to provide this specialized care.
Doreen Rodo
Nutrition & Dietetics
Yes, registered dietitians have specialties where they do most of their work. Some teach; work with the elderly or in a hospital with a variety of patients, including pediatrics, dialysis and surgery. Dietitians also can be certified for weight loss, diabetes, tube feeding management, and sports nutrition. Many dietitians write or are public speakers. Community agencies also employ dietitians to assist eligible clients with good food choices. Being a dietitian gives a person the opportunity though, to have more than one specialty and have a variety of career choices.

Yes. Common populations that registered dieticians specialize in are diabetic, gerontological, and pediatric clients. Many dieticians also specialize in nutrition education so that they can service a wide variety of populations.

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