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Do registered dietitians (RD) only work in hospitals?

Jessica Crandall
Nutrition & Dietetics
Registered dietitians do not only work in hospitals. While clinical dietitians are an essential part a medical nutrition team, there are many other aspects of dietetics. Registered dietitians can have private practices where they provide individual nutrition counseling to clients. Registered dietitians can work for long-term care facilities, corporate facilities, kitchens, research and development organizations, non-profit organizations, schools, professional sport teams, and much more.
Doreen Rodo
Nutrition & Dietetics
Registered dietitian’s work in hospitals, nursing homes, dialysis centers, community agencies, group homes, colleges and doctor's offices. They also work as independent consultants. Many registered dietitians have started their own business and work with athletes and with people who are on special diets or who are looking to lose weight. Registered dietitian's also write articles teach classes and are public speakers.

No, registered dieticians hold positions in all different types of settings. In addition to hospitals, registered dieticians are frequently employed at health clubs, corporations, and college and professional sports teams.

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