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Dietetic Technicians
(SOC Code : 29-2051)
in California

Assist dietitians in the provision of food service and nutritional programs. Under the supervision of dietitians, may plan and produce meals based on established guidelines, teach principles of food and nutrition, or counsel individuals.

Employers usually expect an employee in this occupation to be able to do the job after Moderate-term on-the-job training (1-12 months) .

Occupational Wages[Top]
AreaYearPeriodHourly MeanHourly by Percentile
California 20231st Qtr$22.13$17.25$19.63$24.53

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Occupational Projections of Employment (also called "Outlook" or "Demand")[Top]
 AreaEstimated Year-Projected YearEmploymentEmployment ChangeTotal Job Openings
California 2018 - 20285,9006,60070011.95,750

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Industries Employing This Occupation (click on Industry Title to View Employers List)[Top]
Industry Title
Number of Employers in State of California
Percent of Total
Employment for Occupation in State of California
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled4,38641.8%
General Medical and Surgical Hos1,51124.4%
Continuing Care Retirement Commu4,2206.3%
Outpatient Care Centers 10,3325.1%
Specialty (except Psychiatric an1773.3%
Residential Intellectual and Dev1062.9%
Offices of Physicians 58,9741.6%
Special Food Services 3,9641.3%
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse1,6291.2%

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Training Programs (click on title for more information)[Top]
Program Title
Dietetic Technician (DTR)
Dietetics/Dietitian (RD)
Dietitian Assistant
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General
Nutrition Sciences

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Top Tasks (Specific duties and responsibilities of this job.)
Observe patient food intake and report progress and dietary problems to dietician.
Prepare a major meal, following recipes and determining group food quantities.
Supervise food production or service or assist dietitians or nutritionists in food service supervision or planning.
Plan menus or diets or guide individuals or families in food selection, preparation, or menu planning, based upon nutritional needs and established guidelines.
Analyze menus or recipes, standardize recipes, or test new products.
Conduct nutritional assessments of individuals, including obtaining and evaluating individuals` dietary histories, to plan nutritional programs.
Determine food and beverage costs and assist in implementing cost control procedures.
Develop job specifications, job descriptions, or work schedules.
Deliver speeches on diet, nutrition, or health to promote healthy eating habits and illness prevention and treatment.
Refer patients to other relevant services to provide continuity of care.

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Top Skills used in this Job
Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others` actions.
Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Learning Strategies - Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.

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Top Work Values (Aspects of this job that create satisfaction.)
Relationships - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment.
Support - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees.

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Top Interests (The types of activities someone in this job would like.)
Social - Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
Investigative - Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.

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Alternate Titles
Clinical Dietetic Technicians; Diet Technicians Registered (DTR); Dietary Aides; Dietary Assistants; Dietary Managers; Nutrition Technicians
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