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Alternative Jobs for the Registered Dietitian

Sarah Koszyk, MA RD

Alternative Jobs for the Registered Dietitian

 by Sarah Koszyk, MA, RD

The recent market has brought an overwhelming abundance of jobs for the Registered Dietitian in various arenas. Nowadays, a dietitian has a wide range of opportunities to bring in extra income. Here is a list of different jobs outside of the general clinical setting.

  • Non-profit organizations such as Meals on Wheels
  • Public relations
  • Nutrition communications from translating research articles into consumer-ready language for print work or online work
  • Freelance writer and author
  • Writer/author for health and wellness website and print materials
  • Author of eBooks
  • Author of cookbooks
  • Author of nutrition-related books
  • Social media dietitian for companies
  • Business communications
  • Food stylist for print and commercials
  • Food editor for books and magazines
  • Ghost writer
  • Consultant or educator for organizations such as American Heart Association
  • Case Manager
  • Writing & editing nutrition education materials
  • Supermarket dietitian
  • Speaker
  • School lunch
  • Dietitian at a gym or health club
  • Restaurant owner
  • Restaurant consultant for menu labeling or recipe analysis
  • Corporate test kitchens developer for recipes
  • Research & development for food products
  • Researcher for athletes & popular sports supplements
  • Researcher for studies
  • Recipe development
  • Food service
  • Correctional foodservice
  • Corporate wellness program developer
  • Professor at a university or college
  • Outpatient counselor
  • Online group weight management counselor
  • Private practice counselor
  • Counselor with developmental disabilities, psychiatric disorders, substance abuse, and eating disorders
  • Diabetes care coordinator
  • Alternative & complimentary therapist
  • Dietitian for hospice
  • Children educator
  • Corporate dietitian for large companies
  • Public health
  • Online/virtual consultant/counselor
  • Health & wellness coach
  • Food regulation
  • Grant writing
  • Nutrition policy developer
  • Trade associations
  • Trade shows representative
  • Government affairs such as regulatory and Congressional
  • Advisory committees such as Dietary Guidelines
  • Expert panelist
  • Equipment manufacturer
  • Medical sales
  • Pharmaceutical representative
  • Clinical manager for medical sales companies
  • Trainer for medical sales companies
  • Sales representative for food-related products
  • Manager of sales representatives for products
  • Industrial ingredients sales
  • Commodity organization
  • Home care
  • Marketing director
  • Director of health promotion and education
  • Director of program development for promotional materials
  • Director for professional and advocacy relations
  • Webinar host
  • Internet radio show host
  • Food safety specialist for airlines, hospitals, and other government organizations
  • Food scientist
  • Chef
  • Sustainable food and water system development
  • Technology development such as online program development
  • Developer of websites and apps
  • Educator for physicians, nurses, dentists, and other health care professionals
  • Pediatric nutrition
  • Sports dietitian for professional sports teams, collegiate sports teams, and sports organizations


Have more alternative job ideas? Contact us today and let us know! The opportunities are vast and prosperous!

Sarah Koszyk is founder of Family. Food. Fiesta. A family-based wellness program and blog focusing on recipes, family health tips, and videos with kids cooking in the kitchen. She is a Registered Dietitian and Nutrition Coach specializing in sports nutrition and adult and pediatric weight management. Connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, or LinkedIn.

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