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Dietetic Technicians

Assist in the provision of food service and nutritional programs, under the supervision of a dietitian. May plan and produce meals based on established guidelines, teach principles of food and nutrition, or counsel individuals.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Observe and monitor patient food intake and body weight, and report changes, progress, and dietary problems to dietician.
    • Conduct nutritional assessments of individuals, including obtaining and evaluating individuals' dietary histories, to plan nutritional programs.
    • 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.
    • Refer patients to other relevant services to provide continuity of care.
    • Attend interdisciplinary meetings with other health care professionals to discuss patient care.
    • Provide dietitians with assistance researching food, nutrition, or food service systems.
    • Deliver speeches on diet, nutrition, or health to promote healthy eating habits and illness prevention and treatment.
    • Select, schedule, or conduct orientation or in-service education programs.
    • Analyze menus or recipes, standardize recipes, or test new products.

    Skills

    • 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.

    • Active Learning

      Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    5

    Abilities

    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • Oral Expression

      The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

    • Deductive Reasoning

      The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

    Knowledge

    • Customer and Personal Service

      Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    • Education and Training

      Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 30720/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 14.77/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 1,330
    • Yearly Projected Openings 110

    Typical Education

    Personality

    Social: People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking.They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Adaptability/Flexibility
    • Concern for Others
    • Dependability
    • Stress Tolerance
    • Independence

    Tools

    • Commercial use ovens
    • Commercial use mixers
    • Commercial use microwave ovens
    • Commercial use food slicers
    • Commercial use cutlery

    Technology

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