Alabama Department of Labor

Labor Market Information Division
SOC: 29-1031 Dietitians and Nutritionists
Plan and conduct food service or nutritional programs to assist in the promotion of health and control of disease. May supervise activities of a department providing quantity food services, counsel individuals, or conduct nutritional research.
Education: Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).
OJT: Employees may need some on-the-job training, but most of these occupations assume that the person will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.
Tasks: Monitor food service operations to ensure conformance to nutritional, safety, sanitation and quality standards. Assess nutritional needs, diet restrictions and current health plans to develop and implement dietary-care plans and provide nutritional counseling. Advise patients and their families on nutritional principles, dietary plans and diet modifications, and food selection and preparation. Counsel individuals and groups on basic rules of good nutrition, healthy eating habits, and nutrition monitoring to improve their quality of life. Consult with physicians and health care personnel to determine nutritional needs and diet restrictions of patient or client. Plan, conduct, and evaluate dietary, nutritional, and epidemiological research. Write research reports and other publications to document and communicate research findings. Purchase food in accordance with health and safety codes. Manage quantity food service departments or clinical and community nutrition services. Coordinate diet counseling services. Make recommendations regarding public policy, such as nutrition labeling, food fortification, and nutrition standards for school programs. Inspect meals served for conformance to prescribed diets and standards of palatability and appearance. Select, train and supervise workers who plan, prepare and serve meals. Organize, develop, analyze, test, and prepare special meals such as low-fat, low-cholesterol and chemical-free meals. Prepare and administer budgets for food, equipment and supplies.
License: This applicant should file a written application on forms provided by the State Board of Dietetics/Nutrition, showing to satisfaction of the Board, that he/she meets the requirements of the Board’s regulations. Every application shall be typed or written in ink, and signed under penalty of perjury. Each application shall be accompanied by a check or money order in the amount required payable to the Alabama Board of Examiners for Dietetics/Nutrition Practice. Regular License Fees: $100.00 application fee $100.00 application fee Temporary License Fees: $150.00 license fee $75.00 license fee
Outlook: Good
Alabama Employment Outlook
Alabama Wage Data
Hourly Wage   Annual Wage
Entry $19.81   Entry $41,193.00
Mean $27.06   Mean $56,283.00
Experience $30.69 Experience $63,823.00

The data is based on the May 2017 Occupation Employment Survey employment and wage estimate file. The wages have been aged using the most current ECI factors reflecting wages as of June 2018.

Alabama Projections
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