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Dietitian Assistant

149 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
#71 in Popularity
$30,130 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Dietitian Assistant Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many dietitian assistant graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 149
Basic Certificate 92
Associate’s Degree 41
Undergraduate Certificate 8

What Dietitian Assistant Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, dietitian assistant majors were asked to rate what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important in their occupations. These answers were weighted on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the most important.

Knowledge Areas for Dietitian Assistant Majors

According to O*NET survey takers, a major in dietitian assistant should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:

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  • Food Production - Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • 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.
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

Skills for Dietitian Assistant Majors

The following list of skills has been highlighted as some of the most essential for careers related to dietitian assistant:

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  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • 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.

Abilities for Dietitian Assistant Majors

As a dietitian assistant major, you will find yourself needing the following abilities:

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  • 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.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

What Can You Do With a Dietitian Assistant Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with dietitian assistant:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Dietetic Technicians 9.3% $27,140

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Dietitian Assistant?

149 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
78% Percent Women
33% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
The major attracts more women than men. About 78% of the recent graduates in this field are female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of dietitian assistant majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Dietitian Assistant Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 2
Black or African American 24
Hispanic or Latino 19
White 95
International Students 0
Other Races/Ethnicities 9

How Much Do Dietitian Assistant Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

The median salary for someone in a career related to dietitian assistant is $30,130. This median refers to all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

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Some careers associated with dietitian assistant require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

Find out what the typical degree level is for dietitian assistant careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 23.6%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 60.9%
Some College Courses 6.0%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 3.1%
Bachelor’s Degree 6.3%

Online Dietitian Assistant Programs

In the 2018-2019 academic year, 25 schools offered some type of dietitian assistant program. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 12 2
Certificate (1-2 years) 5 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 8 1
Bachelor’s Degree 0 0
Post-Baccalaureate 12 2
Master’s Degree 0 0
Post-Master’s 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Dietitian Assistant Worth It?

The median salary for a dietitian assistant grad is $30,130 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to dietitian assistant.

Major Number of Grads
Dietetics/Dietitian 3,774
Clinical Nutrition/Nutritionist 1,035
Other Dietetics and Clinical Nutrition Services 482
Dietetic Technician 296

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

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