What do Dietetic Technicians do?

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.

  • Observe patient food intake and report progress and dietary problems to dietician.
  • Prepare a major meal, following recipes and determining group food quantities.
  • Obtain and evaluate dietary histories of individuals to plan nutritional programs.
  • Analyze menus or recipes, standardize recipes, or test new products.
  • Plan menus or diets or guide individuals or families in food selection, preparation, or menu planning, based upon nutritional needs and established guidelines.
  • Supervise food production or service or assist dietitians or nutritionists in food service supervision or planning.
  • Develop job specifications, job descriptions, or work schedules.
  • Select, schedule, or conduct orientation or in-service education programs.
  • Provide dietitians with assistance researching food, nutrition, or food service systems.
  • Determine food and beverage costs and assist in implementing cost control procedures.
  • Refer patients to other relevant services to provide continuity of care.
  • Deliver speeches on diet, nutrition, or health to promote healthy eating habits and illness prevention and treatment.

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