The knowledge requirements and competencies/learning outcomes acquired through the Dietetic Technician Program, as well as successful registration, qualify graduates to work independently or in teams with Registered Dietitians in a variety of employment settings:
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, growth in employment of dietetic practitioners is expected to grow due to the increased emphasis on disease prevention, a growing and aging population, and a public interest in nutrition. Employment in hospitals is expected to show little change because of anticipated slow growth and reduced lengths of hospital stay; however, faster growth is anticipated in nursing homes, residential care facilities and physician clinics.
The job market for DTRs is similar to that for RDs. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of dietetic technicians is expected to grow faster than average for all occupations, 13.9%, through the year 2018 because of increasing emphasis on disease prevention, a growing and aging population and public interest in nutrition.