Registered dietitians (RDs) are health professionals who teach
people about nutrition or develop diets to promote health. They can also
specialize in nutritional counseling to help treat food-related psychological
problems, such as anorexia or bulimia.
Dietitians work in hospitals, nursing homes, and schools.
Registered dietitians also work in government, restaurant management, fitness,
food companies, and private practices.
Nutritionists may not have
any special training, but registered dietitians complete a bachelor's degree. They also must complete a supervised
practice program and pass a national examination given by the Commission on
Dietetic Registration (CDR). Some RDs hold additional certifications in
specialized areas of practice, such as pediatric or renal nutrition, nutrition
support, or diabetes education. These certifications are awarded through the
CDR or other medical and nutrition groups.