Dietetic Technician Salary

Earnings Potential
According to a survey conducted by the National Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual earnings for dietitians and nutritionists was $46,980 in May 2006.  The lowest ten percent earned less than $29,860; the highest 10% earned more than $68,330.

Nutrition and Food Science Degree Facts at a Glance
College students pursuing nutrition and food science degrees take courses in nutrition in addition to science courses such as biology, biochemistry, chemistry, microbiology, and physiology.  Nutrition and food science majors might also complete courses in business management, statistics, psychology, and sociology.

Examples/Details of Work
While the Food and Drug Administration can set standards and enforce policy and doctors can inform, recommend and treat obesity-related illnesses, nutrition and food science professionals can have an impact at more grassroots level. Nutrition and food scientists, dietitians and consultants deal with both the biological and chemical the components of food. The goal is to maintain high standards of safety and sanitation while developing new processing methods and distribution techniques so that our food sources are not only abundant but affordable.


The lowest 10 percent earned less than $27,500, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $63,760.


Most jobs are in hospitals, nursing care facilities, and offices of physicians or other health practitioners. Dietitians and nutritionists need at least a bachelor’s degree in dietetics, foods and nutrition, food service systems management, or a related area. Faster than average employment growth is expected; however, growth may be constrained if employers substitute other workers for dietitians and if limitations are placed on insurance reimbursement for dietetic services. Those who have specialized training in renal or diabetic diets or have a master’s degree should experience good employment opportunities.