A Dietetic Technician, Registered (DTR) is trained in food and nutrition and has met the educational, experiential and examination standards of the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND). A Dietetic Technician, Registered (DTR) works under the supervision of a Registered Dietitian (RD) in many different settings, including medical facilities, hospitals, long-term care facilities, schools, home health care programs, research facilities, community programs, health clubs, and food companies.
Based on the setting in which a Dietetic Technician, Registered (DTR) works, job duties vary. The DTR works under the supervision of a Registered Dietitian (RD) and performs many hands-on duties with clients. Examples of some of the job duties of a DTR in various work settings include:
A good example of a Dietetic Technician, Registered (DTR) possesses these skills:
The Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) mandates that all prospective Dietetic Technicians, Registered (DTR) complete a college-level dietetic technician educational program that meets one of the following requirements:
Classes that most DTR students will take include subject matter such as:
The practicum component of a DTR program is a minimum of 450 hours long and may be taken on a part-time or full-time basis, depending upon a student’s needs. Usually, the practicum instructor assigns a DTR student to a practicum facility.
To become certified as a Dietetic Technician, Registered (DTR) by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), one must complete all education and experience requirements prior to sitting for the CDR Dietetic Technician, Registered Exam. Passing this exam confers the credentials DTR to a professional. Then, DTRs must check with the state in which they plan to work, as each state has its own licensure and/or certification requirements for DTRs. Some states do not require any licensure or certification for DTRs. Some of the state DTR licensure/certification laws are listed on this page published by the CDR. Once licensed and/or registered, DTRs must fulfill the continuing education requirements of their state (if required) and of the CDR.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), in May 2012 the average mean national salary for Dietetic Technicians was $28,680. Keep in mind that this statistic is just for Dietetic Technicians, and that sometimes those who hold DTR credentials from the CDR are paid higher than average salaries. The best paying industry in which Dietetic Technicians worked was in outpatient care centers, where they averaged a mean annual income of $34,880. The state that paid the highest mean annual wage to Dietetic Technicians was Missouri, where Dietetic Technicians earned an average of $42,310 annually.
The BLS projects that job growth for Dietetic Technicians, Registered (DTR) will be in the average range, from 10 to 19 percent, from 2010 to 2020. It is projected that there will be approximately 8100 job openings for DTR during this decade.