Dietitians and nutritionists
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Overview
Dietitians and nutritionists are experts in the use of food and nutrition to promote health and manage disease. They advise people on what to eat in order to lead a healthy lifestyle or achieve a specific health-related goal.
Predicted employment growth
Over the next decade, jobs for dietitians and nutritionists are expected to grow by 15%, and should have about 5,400 job openings a year.
Safety from automation
Dietitians and nutritionists are less likely to be automated than 96% of other careers.
Workforce size
Dietitians and nutritionists, with 68,000 workers, are near the middle of all careers in the number employed.
Education
About 71% of dietitians and nutritionists have at least a bachelor's degree.
Education attained by dietitians and nutritionists
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Context: workers with bachelor's degrees
More dietitians and nutritionists have bachelor's degrees than 81% of other careeers.
Salaries
The median (middle) salary for dietitians and nutritionists is higher than 68% of all other jobs' middle salaries. The graph shows inflation-adjusted salaries for most dietitians and nutritionists.
This job's median $60KAll jobs' median $39K$61K$38K20142015201620172018$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100K
Context: Median Salary
Gender
Women account for 88% of dietitians and nutritionists -- that's a larger percentage than 96% of other jobs.
Gender of dietitians and nutritionists
Men
Women
Context: Salary inequity
For each career, we compared the median (middle) men's salary to the median women's salary. Women dietitians and nutritionists actually earned more than men -- a very rare occurance among careers!
Race/Origin
About 25% of dietitians and nutritionists are minority, and 15% are foreign-born.
Race/origin of dietitians and nutritionists
White
Black
Pacific Islander
Hispanic
Asian
American Indian
Multiracial
Other
Context: Foreign-born workers (15%)
Where are the most jobs?
We ranked the number of jobs in Dietitians and Nutritionists per thousand workers in each state, DC, and Puerto Rico. The darker the blue, the higher the job density.
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Job benefits
Employer or union-sponsored pension plans are offered to 54% of dietitians and nutritionists, and 65% have company-sponsored health insurance (21% have dependents enrolled in their employer's health plan).
Employer-provided health coverage for dietitians and nutritionists
100% premiums covered
Partial premiums covered
Plan with no cost sharing
No health insurance
Top college degrees
Here are the top college degrees held by the 71% of people in this job who have at least a bachelor's degree. Some of degrees may link to multiple programs due to the way Census classifies college majors. Click on a program to learn more about career opportunities for people who major in that field.
The downside
Some jobs are more stressful than others, and some are just plain dangerous. The following list gives the percentages of dietitians and nutritionists who report hazardous or difficult situations typically occurring at least once a week.
  • Exposed to Disease or Infections (74%)
  • Time Pressure (65%)
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People (36%)
  • Consequence of Error (33%)
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety (32%)
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations (32%)
SOURCES:24.0 O*NET
Salary and diversity
Salary overview
What do dietitians and nutritionists earn?

In this section, we want to give you a clear idea of what you can expect to earn in this career. We use two sources of data here: the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which asks employers to classify their workforce and to report salaries using the SOC-specialty level of reporting, and the American Community Survey (ACS), which asks people to classify their jobs using the broad classifications that ididio uses for career profiles, and to self-report their salaries. For some jobs, the differences in survey approaches between BLS and ACS can paint a very different end-picture. Whenever possible, we provide data from both sources.

The BLS-compiled salary data is reported by companies for their employees. This data excludes self-employed workers. We first show the distribution of salaries for dietitians and nutritionists, and then we show how the middle (median) salary for dietitians and nutritionists compares to the BLS-computed median salaries of other careers.
Distribution: Salaries for dietitians and nutritionists (BLS Salary Data)
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Context: Median salaries across careers (BLS Salary Data)
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We compiled household data from the ACS to determine the salaries that people working at least 35 hours a week report themselves to earn. Unlike the BLS estimates, this data includes self-employed wages. We first show the full salary distribution for all dietitians and nutritionists, and then we show how the median (middle) salary for dietitians and nutritionists compares to the median ACS-reported salary of other careers.
Distribution: Salaries for dietitians and nutritionists (ACS Salary Data)
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Context: Median salaries across careers (ACS Salary Data)
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Employers and salary
A look at employers and corresponding salaries
The donut shares the break-down of workers by employer type, and following we show the salary distributions for these workers based on those employer types. For some careers, the salaries can be vastly different between private, government, and self-employment. As with our salary overview, we view the both the BLS economists' salary profiles and the household-reported salaries from ACS to get a thorough understanding of where dietitians and nutritionists work and for what salary. We have the great faith in the accuracy of economist-vetted BLS data; however, the BLS restrictions on which employers are surveyed skews the data a bit (read more in the sources), and the ACS responses provide different and useful categorizations of employers and salaries.
Employers of Dietitians and nutritionists (ACS)
Private for-profit (49.3%)
Private not-for-profit (23.3%)
Local government (9.7%)
State government (9.3%)
Federal government (4.5%)
Self-employed incorporated (1.4%)
Self-employed not incorporated (2.3%)
Working without pay (0.1%)
Distribution: Salaries of dietitians and nutritionists by type of employer (ACS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type calculated by aggregating individual household survey responses.
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Distribution: Salaries of dietitians and nutritionists by type of employer (BLS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type as reported by BLS based on large employer-focused surveys. We note that smaller employer categories are not included by BLS.
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Age and career advancement
Salary growth for dietitians and nutritionists

The biggest take-away from the following two charts is the relationship between salary and experience that we can infer from age. Does this job seem to attract especially younger or older workers? Does it reward experience?

Take a minute a look at how much you might expect your salary to increase with each five years' experience, as well as how the numbers working in this career changes. We only provide this data when there are enough consistent ACS survey responses to allow a reasonable margin of error, so for some careers you will see gaps in our reporting of salary by age.

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Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Gender and Equity
Dietitians and nutritionists and gender

With 88% women, this occupation has a higher percentage of women than 96% of careers.

Context: Women in the workforce
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Gender of Dietitians and nutritionists
Men (12%)
Women (88%)
Distribution: Salaries by gender

Although nationally the median (middle) salary for all full-time male workers in the US exceeds the full-time median salary for women by 20%, in dietitians and nutritionists, the median salary for women is 8% higher than the median salary for men. There are only 19 other jobs in which the median women's salary exceeds the median men's salary. This chart shows you the salary range for most workers by gender.

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Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Race/Origin
Race and origin of dietitians and nutritionists

The representation of minority and foreign-born workers is quite different between careers, and the relative pay of those workers also varies significantly between careers. There is a higher percentage of minority dietitians and nutritionists than for 74% of other careers. The percentage of foreign-born workers in this career is near the middle of all careers.

Race/origin of dietitians and nutritionists
White (73% )
Black (15% )
Asian (7% )
Other (2% )
Multiracial (2% )
Hispanic (1% )
American Indian (0% )
Pacific Islander (0% )
Context: Representation of minorities in the workforce
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Context: Representation of foreign-born workers
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Distribution: Salaries for dietitians and nutritionists by race/origin

For some careers, there is a pay disparity depending on race or origin, though this is not prevalent. We calculate standard errors for all of our calculations, and when the error is high we do not show results. Therefore, for some jobs will have omitted race/origin categories.

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Distribution: Salaries for dietitians and nutritionists by nativity
$46K$49K$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100KAll foreign-bornAll native citizens

Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Pathways to this career
Education requirements and salary
Education attained by dietitians and nutritionists

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), dietitians and nutritionists typically hold a bachelor's degree.

Sometimes the typical education identified by the BLS differs a bit from the reality of the how much education current workers actually have. The donut shows the education level held by people currently working as dietitians and nutritionists as reported in responses to the American Community Survey. Following, we investigate whether education level influences salary for dietitians and nutritionists.

Education attained by dietitians and nutritionists
None
High School
Some College
Associate's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Professional Deg/Doct
Doctorate
Details: Education and training recommended for dietitians and nutritionists

Dietitians and nutritionists typically need a bachelor’s degree in dietetics, foods and nutrition, clinical nutrition, public health nutrition, or a related area. Dietitians also may study food service systems management. Programs include courses in nutrition, psychology, chemistry, and biology.

Many dietitians and nutritionists have advanced degrees.

Details: Licensing and certification recommended for dietitians and nutritionists

Many states require dietitians and nutritionists to be licensed in order to practice. Other states require only state registration or certification to use certain titles, and a few states have no regulations for this occupation.

The requirements for state licensure and state certification vary by state, but most include having a bachelor’s degree in food and nutrition or a related area, completing supervised practice, and passing an exam.

Many dietitians choose to earn the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) credential. Although the RDN is not always required, the qualifications are often the same as those necessary for becoming a licensed dietitian in states that require a license. Many employers prefer or require the RDN, which is administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration, the credentialing agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

The RDN requires dietitian nutritionists to complete a minimum of a bachelor’s degree and a Dietetic Internship (DI), which consists of at least 1,200 hours of supervised experience. Students may complete both criteria at once through a coordinated program, or they may finish their required coursework and degree before applying for an internship. These programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), part of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. In order to maintain the RDN credential, dietitians and nutritionists who have earned it must complete 75 continuing professional education credits every 5 years.

Nutritionists may earn the Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS) credential to show an advanced level of knowledge. The CNS credential or exam is accepted in several states for licensure purposes. To qualify for the credential, applicants must have a master’s or doctoral degree, complete 1,000 hours of supervised experience, and pass an exam. The credential is administered by the Board for Certification of Nutrition Specialists. To maintain the CNS credential, nutritionists must complete 75 continuing education credits every 5 years.

Dietitians and nutritionists may seek additional certifications in an area of specialty. The Commission on Dietetic Registration offers several specialty certifications in topics such as oncology nutrition, pediatric nutrition, renal nutrition, and sports dietetics, among others.

Distribution: Salary by education level

What level of education is truly needed for dietitians and nutritionists? Below we see the distribution of dietitians and nutritionists salaries based on the education attained. These comparisons are based on all survey responses by those who identified themselves as dietitians and nutritionists, and are not intended as a statistical analysis of salary differences that would correct for non-educational factors that could contribute to high or low earnings.

$31K$27K$31K$37K$51K$58K$54K$80K$0$50K$100K$150KNone (2%)High School (13%)Some College (9%)Associate's Degree (5%)Bachelor's Degree (39%)Master's Degree (26%)Professional Deg/Doct (5%)Doctorate (1%)
Bachelor's degree pathways
College majors held by dietitians and nutritionists

This table shows the college majors held by people working as dietitians and nutritionists. Select any degree to see detailed information. We are able to connect careers to degrees using the American Community Survey (ACS), and their degrees are defined a little differently from our programs, which are based on standard CIP classifications. Therefore, selecting some degrees will lead to a selection of CIP-level programs from which to choose.

If you see "**" before the name of a degree/program, that means this field is one that the Department of Education believes is preparatory for this career. However, you can see from this list that those recommendations are far from your only path to this job!

Degree
Select any title to learn more about that degree
Percentage of Dietitians and nutritionists with this degree
Salary for all majors
Salary distribution (across jobs). Showing 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
Final education level of all people with this major
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Gender
Gender of people this bachelor's degree
Men
Women
The link between degrees and careers
The link between degrees and careers

With the following "sankey" diagram, you can follow the top ten bachelor's degrees held by people working as dietitians and nutritionists, and then, in turn, you can see the 10 occupations that hire the most of each degree's graduates. This visualization links fields of studies and careers, suggesting both similar careers and options for degrees. The full list of bachelor's degrees held by dietitians and nutritionists given in the previous section reminds us that there are many paths to these careers beyond what we can summarize here.

This job
Top 10 majors
Each major's top ten jobs
Dietitians and nutritionistsPhysicians and surgeonsRegistered nursesManagers (specialized areas)Postsecondary teachersElementary and middle school teachersFood service managersMedical and health services managersWholesale and manufacturing sales representativesSecretaries and administrative assistantsCounselorsSocial workersVeterinariansTherapists (specialized areas)Preschool and kindergarten teachersEducation administratorsChildcare workersFirst-line supervisors of retail sales workersNurse PractitionersNursing, psychiatric, and home health aidesNurse anesthetistsPsychologistsLawyers, judges, and magistratesHuman resources workersDentistsPhysical scientists (specialized areas)Epidemiologists and Medical/Life ScientistsClinical laboratory technologists and techniciansPharmacistsAccountants and auditorsFinancial managersChief executives and legislatorsFirst-line supervisors of non-retail sales workersMarketing and sales managersAgricultural and food scientistsIndustrial production managersMarket research analysts and marketing specialistsBusiness operations specialistsSecondary school teachersAgricultural ManagersHealth Practitioner Support Technologists and TechniciansAgricultural workers (specialized areas)Nonfarm animal caretakersNutrition SciencesHealth/Medical SpecializedPreparationFamily and ConsumerSciencesNursingPsychologyBiologyBusiness Management andAdministrationFood ScienceMultidisciplinary or GeneralScienceAnimal SciencesAll other degrees
Switching Careers
Most common new jobs
The most common next careers for dietitians and nutritionists

What jobs will most dietitians and nutritionists hold next year?

The data in this chart comes from person interviews for the Census Bureau's Current Population Survey. The survey interviews households eight times over a two-year period, allowing us a glimpse into how people move from job to job. You can see more details from the results of the survey in our last tab in this section, and you can read about our methodology in our source descriptions.

Here we see all of the jobs that at least 1% of dietitians and nutritionists reported holding in their second year's survey. Is your future job on this list?

Dietitians and nutritionistsCooksHealthcare support workersNonrestaurant food serversStock clerks and order fillersFood preparation and serving workersFirst-line supervisors of food preparation and serving workersChildcare workersPersonal care aidesRetail salespersonsManagement analystsCounselors
Lateral career moves
Lateral job transitions for dietitians and nutritionists

A lateral career transition is a move to a job with similar pay and responsibilities. A move to such a job can offer a change of pace without an increase in stress or a decrease in pay. The following table simply identifies all 4 jobs which were held by at least 1% of survey respondents before working as dietitians and nutritionists as well as 1% of respondents after working as dietitians and nutritionists. Select a row to investigate the job's full description and determine if it truly offers an opportunity for a lateral transition.

Lateral-move careers for dietitians and nutritionists
Annual openings
How many openings are expected each year?
Salary
Salary distribution for people in this occupation. Range is 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Gender
Men
Women
Cooks
358,700
$0$200K$21K
First-line supervisors of food preparation and serving workers
147,300
$0$200K$25K
Nonrestaurant food servers
43,000
$0$200K$23K
Healthcare support workers
21,300
$0$200K$29K
Full prior and next career listings
Prior and next careers for dietitians and nutritionists: full listings

What do people typically do before and after they work as dietitians and nutritionists? Here are the full lists of all jobs that at least 1% of dietitians and nutritionists surveyed reported as holding a year earlier or later.

Choose which type of transition to view
Prior jobs
Next jobs
Prior careers for dietitians and nutritionists
Annual openings
How many openings are expected each year?
Salary
Salary distribution for people in this occupation. Range is 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Gender
Men
Women
Percentage Transitioning
What percentage worked in this job the previous year?
Secretaries and administrative assistants
395,200
$0$200K$36K
1.1%
Cooks
358,700
$0$200K$21K
1.6%
Food preparation workers
158,000
$0$200K$19K
2.4%
First-line supervisors of food preparation and serving workers
147,300
$0$200K$25K
2.0%
Recreation and fitness workers
131,400
$0$200K$30K
1.0%
Managers (specialized areas)
84,000
$0$200K$72K
2.1%
Health Practitioner Support Technologists and Technicians
71,400
$0$200K$32K
1.6%
Nonrestaurant food servers
43,000
$0$200K$23K
1.2%
Food service managers
37,100
$0$200K$37K
1.4%
Medical and health services managers
36,700
$0$200K$69K
2.3%
Healthcare support workers
21,300
$0$200K$29K
3.6%
Social and community service managers
16,300
$0$200K$54K
1.2%
Dietitians and nutritionists
5,400
$0$200K$49K
52.7%
No occupation
10.9%
Read about dietitians and nutritionists
Responsibilities and activities
Responsibilities and activities

Dietitians and nutritionists typically do the following:

  • Assess patients’ and clients’ nutritional and health needs
  • Counsel patients on nutrition issues and healthy eating habits
  • Develop meal and nutrition plans, taking both clients’ preferences and budgets into account
  • Evaluate the effects of meal plans and change the plans as needed
  • Promote better health by speaking to groups about diet, nutrition, and the relationship between good eating habits and preventing or managing specific diseases
  • Create educational materials about healthy food choices
  • Keep up with or contribute to the latest food and nutritional science research
  • Document patients’ progress

Dietitians and nutritionists evaluate the health of their clients. Based on their findings, dietitians and nutritionists advise clients on which foods to eat—and which to avoid—to improve their health.

Many dietitians and nutritionists provide customized information for specific individuals. For example, a dietitian or nutritionist might teach a client with diabetes how to plan meals to balance the client’s blood sugar. Others work with groups of people who have similar needs. For example, a dietitian or nutritionist might plan a diet with healthy fat and limited sugar to help clients who are at risk for heart disease. They may work with other healthcare professionals to coordinate patient care.

Dietitians and nutritionists who are self-employed may meet with patients, or they may work as consultants for a variety of organizations. They may need to spend time on marketing and other business-related tasks, such as scheduling appointments, keeping records, and preparing educational programs or informational materials for clients.

Although many dietitians and nutritionists do similar tasks, there are several specialties within the occupations. The following are examples of types of dietitians and nutritionists:

Clinical dietitians and clinical nutritionists provide medical nutrition therapy. They work in hospitals, long-term care facilities, clinics, private practice, and other institutions. They create customized nutritional programs based on the health needs of patients or residents and counsel patients on how to improve their health through nutrition. Clinical dietitians and clinical nutritionists may further specialize, such as by working only with patients with specific conditions such as kidney disease, diabetes, or digestive disorders.

Community dietitians and community nutritionists develop programs and counsel the public on topics related to food, health, and nutrition. They often work with specific groups of people, such as adolescents or the elderly. They work in public health clinics, government and nonprofit agencies, health maintenance organizations (HMOs), and other settings.

Management dietitians plan food programs. They work in food service settings such as cafeterias, hospitals, prisons, and schools. They may be responsible for buying food and for carrying out other business-related tasks, such as budgeting. Management dietitians may oversee kitchen staff or other dietitians.

Personality and skills
Personality and skills

Can you see yourself in the ranks of dietitians and nutritionists? Here are the skills and traits that could lead to success.

Analytical skills
Dietitians and nutritionists must keep up to date with the latest food and nutrition research. They should interpret scientific studies and translate nutrition science into practical eating advice.
Compassion
Dietitians and nutritionists must be caring and empathetic when helping clients address health and dietary issues and any related emotions.
Listening skills
Dietitians and nutritionists must listen carefully to understand clients’ goals and concerns. They may work with other healthcare workers as part of a team to improve the health of a patient, and they need to listen to team members when constructing eating plans.
Organizational skills
Because there are many aspects to the work of dietitians and nutritionists, they should stay organized. Management dietitians, for example, must consider the nutritional needs of their clients, the costs of meals, and access to food. Self-employed dietitians and nutritionists may need to schedule appointments, manage employees, bill insurance companies, and maintain patient files.
Problem-solving skills
Dietitians and nutritionists must evaluate the health status of patients and determine the most appropriate food choices for a client to improve his or her overall health or manage a disease.
Speaking skills
Dietitians and nutritionists must explain complicated topics in a way that people with less technical knowledge can understand. They must clearly explain eating plans to clients and to other healthcare professionals involved in a patient’s care.
Trends in employment
Salary trends
Distribution and trends: Salaries for dietitians and nutritionists
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Adjusted for inflation
Historic dollars

In 2018, the median (middle) salary for dietitians and nutritionists was higher than 68% of all other jobs' middle salaries. This graphic shows how the salary distribution (adjusted for inflation) has changed for this job over recent years. The gray line, as a comparison, shows the median salary of all US workers.

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Projected versus actual employment
Exploring actual employment trends versus projected trends

Currently, jobs for dietitians and nutritionists are anticipated to grow by 15% over the next decade; only 11% of jobs are predicted to grow more.

The projected employment for dietitians and nutritionists is the best guess created by talented economists and statisticians at the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). However, as you look through several careers you'll notice that the projections are heavily influenced by past performance and may miss current trends. No one can tell the future, and as new information and better techniques are developed, actual counts and future projections may change. Here's a glimpse at the actual counts versus the projections over time.

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Variation by state
Employment
State-by-state employment numbers

Some careers tend to be centered in specific parts of the country. For example, most jobs in fashion are in New York or California. Let's see if your dream job is easy to find in your dream location! We have a few choices for viewing the data that can help you get a full employment picture.

Job density versus job count

Which states hire the most dietitians and nutritionists? We wonder if that's a fair question since states come in all sizes, so instead let's start with the question of which states have the highest density of people working as dietitians and nutritionists. You can choose to view the number of jobs per state if you prefer.

BLS vs ACS data

This map defaults to employment information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which provides job totals carefully compiled for accuracy and with a primary focus on how employers describe their workers. The BLS job totals do not count self-employed workers. We've also compiled totals using the Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS) which are based on how workers describe themselves. Sometimes ACS results are quite a bit different from the employer-based BLS data.

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Jobs per 1000 working
Number of jobs
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BLS
Number of Dietitians and Nutritionists per 1,000 workers (BLS)
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Salary
Salaries by state
Let's get a feel for where dietitians and nutritionists earn the highest salaries. There are several choices for which data we consider and how we view that data, and each can lead to different conclusions, so please read on...
Median salary versus state ratio

We use two methods to compare salaries across states:

  • In-state comparisons: the ratio of median (middle) salaries for dietitians and nutritionists compared to the median salary for all people working in each state, or
  • Median salary: the unaltered median salaries for dietitians and nutritionists.

We hope the ratio allows perspective about how salaries may compare to the regional cost-of-living.

BLS vs ACS data

We have two sources for statewide salary information with important distinctions. The BLS data is created by surveying companies, missing individuals who are self-employed or work for smaller companies. The ACS data is compiled from multi-faceted household surveys and may reflect the inconsistencies that people may have in reporting information.

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In-state comparisions
Median salary
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BLS
Median salary ratio: Dietitians and Nutritionists to all workers (BLS)
The darkest shading corresponds to states in which dietitians and nutritionists earn the highest salary when compared to other jobs in the state. We think this ratio might be a better indicator than the actual salary for your buying power as a state resident.
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Compare to similar jobs

If this job interests you, then use the dots below to find other jobs you might like. The dots closer to the top represent jobs that are like Dietitians and nutritionists (shown with a blue star). Look for the dots to the right to find the best salaries! (We pulled salary data from BLS, and they give a top salary value of just over $200K to protect privacy, so our graph would go much higher if the salaries were not top coded.)

How should the career similarity be computed

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