Registered dietitians (RDs) are food and nutrition experts who have met the following criteria to earn the RD credential:
Some RDs hold additional certifications in specialized areas of practice, such as pediatric or renal nutrition, nutrition support, and diabetes education. These certifications are awarded through CDR, the credentialing agency for ADA, and/or other medical and nutrition organizations and are recognized within the profession, but are not required.
In addition to RD credentialing, many states have regulatory laws for dietitians and nutrition practitioners. Frequently these state requirements are met through the same education and training required to become an RD.
Registered dietitians work in a wide variety of employment settings, including health care, business and industry, public health, education, research, and private practice.
Many work environments, particularly those in medical and health care settings, require that an individual be credentialed as an RD.
RDs work in:
Last Updated: 05/21/2014