Dietetic Career Spotlight on Rachel Hochstadt, RD, NBC Today Show
By SARAH KOSZYK, MA RDN on MAY 1, 2014
Meet Rachel Hochstadt: a pediatric critical care dietitian who also assists with social media projects and recipe development for the dietitian on the NBC Today Show. Rachel has a fantastic job combination full of variety and stimulation. – Sarah
What attracted you to the field of nutrition and dietetics?
It’s a relatable field, no matter how old you are AND I was somewhat of a science nerd. It doesn’t hurt that the health and wellness field is on the up rise, it was as natural choice for me!
Your Job Title?
Pediatric Critical Care Dietitian
Company you are with now?
Westchester Medical Center
Describe a typical (or not so typical) day-in-the-work-life for you?
A typical day for me starts around 7, I spend my morning rounding with the medical team (doctors, nurses, pharmacists, residents) talking about the patients and getting the most recent updates. In the afternoon I’ll speak with patients, families, counsel as much as I can. Then I write my notes! When I get home around 330/4 I often work on outside assignments, I am also an intern for the lovely Joy Bauer, MS RD (who is the dietitian for the NBC Today Show)– for her I work on social media projects and recipe development, its super fun.
How did you get your current job in dietetics?
It just so happened that right after I graduated my dietetic internship a job opened up at the hospital I rotated through– they hired me and I started right after graduation!
What skills were you born with and what skills have you learned along the way?
I’ve always been super organized and driven- I always went after what I wanted. Along the way, I’ve definitely built upon confidence and the skills it takes to communicate (especially with families and children).
What advice do you have for others wanting to be just as successful and fulfilled as you?
No dream job is every out of reach. If you work hard, show your deserving– anything is possible. Never be scared to apply!
If you could be paid for your job with something other than a paycheck, what
would it be?
Vacations to warm places! I live in New York and the winter is no fun.