Writing. Editing. Counseling. Teaching. Speaking. Managing. Volunteering.
Just a brief list of some of the wonderful opportunities afforded me as a Registered Dietitian (RD)!
Many people think, "Dietitians work in hospitals." And yes, that's true. But we also work in all aspects of public health, including health promotion, wellness, research, and service. Furthermore, we have private nutrition counseling practices (view mine at http://www.onesourcenutrition.net/); write freelance articles for magazines, such as Men's Health, Cooking Light, and Prevention; edit culinary nutrition textbooks, like The Art of Nutritional Cooking (3rd edition, Pearson/Prentice Hall 2008); and serve as media spokespeople for profit and non-profit groups.
These things I have done, and more!
In nearly 10 years I've enjoyed a career comprising wonderful experiences. Whether helping a patient improve her weight and cholesterol, writing an article for a consumer magazine, teaching a nutrition class to graduate school students, or educating and training under-served populations at health fairs, it's all fulfilling. Few careers allow so much flexibility and variety. I owe it all to obtaining my RD credential.
If you'd like to learn more about RDs and "doing dietetics right," visit http://www.eatright.org/ and email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. From high school student to career changer, I'm happy to field your questions about nutrition and dietetics.