1. I think it depends on the hospital system. The other hospital system’s dress code where I live is business professional with a lab coat.

  1. Hey! :)

    I’m going to start my first year of college in the fall — majoring in Nutritional Sciences! To be honest, I’ve started this major in the hopes of being a Registered Dietitian, but now I’ve started searching around for another job…

    …just to keep my options open! :)

    I’m curious! How many patients do RDs work with, usually? Have you ever worked as an independent dietitian, or have you always worked at a hospital?

    Do you have to talk with a lot of people everyday? :D That sounds like fun!

    How in the world do you ever assess a patient’s health? That sounds soooo cool! I’m jealous of you and excited for you at the same time! It must be fun to do what you love!

    -Me. :)

    1. Hi Sarah- You can check out my “becoming an RD” tab for more RD-related info: https://ggnutritionco.com/becoming-an-rd/

      I typically see 8-12 patients per day. Some of them I’m following and others I just see once for an education. I’ve never worked as an independent dietitian…. only in schools and the hospital. Good luck with school!

  2. Thanks for this post. I’m applying for internships right now and I was curious about clinical work, some people don’t seem to like it. Can you tell me about the down-side of your work? What’s your worst day like?

  3. Hi! I have pretty bad social anxiety, and talking to people freaks me out a lot. I’m 23 working with people is extremely difficult for me. But I have a passion for clean eating and helping people with their nutrition when they need it.
    I’m interested in perusing this as a career, but I’m afraid I’ll end up not being able to do the job as it seems to be a very social job. Do people ever get upset at you for telling them what they need to be eating? Is this job not at all for someone who is like me?

  4. Hey! I am considering going back to school for my masters in nutrtion. I come from a marketung background. Looking to change feilds however I have an injury from a car accident and I am unable to stand for long long periods of time. Do you have to be on your feet alot or can you make accomodations? Let me know! Thank you!

    1. Hi Gwen! I’m sorry to hear about your accident. I think in terms of being a dietitian as a career, you could definitely find a niche that didn’t require you to be on your feet. I’m not sure how things would go in your internship, though, since you have to go through all sorts of rotations. I wouldn’t say it’s completely out of the question, though.

  5. Love this post! I am thinking about going into dietiecs and have thought about it for years. However I’ve only recently realized how much science goes into the degree! Science isn’t my forte but would you say that it’s worth it? About how much (% estimate?) of your studies required science courses? I hope this makes sense! Thanks in advance!

    1. Truthfully it’s very heavily science-based… Not just the schooling but the profession. Check out the school where you want to go and look at the course list for their dietetics program. That will give you a better idea of what you’re looking at.

  6. I’m considering becoming a dietitian and have a few questions. How many hours do you work a week and how many days off do you get? Is this the average for most dietitians? Also, I’ve read on other blogs about dietitians having an online presence. Is this something that is needed to be a dietitian?

    1. Hi Tyler- this is completely dependent on what type of dietitian you are. Many dietitians that I know just work regular 8-5 jobs. The online presence again would depend on your job. If you’re an entrepreneur or have your own business then I would think you’d want to have an online presence.

  7. Hi! I loved reading this post, I’m interesting in becoming a clinic dietician. Someone recently told me that it is heavily computer based, and less hands on and in person. I saw you have an office and do charts. How much of your job is just “desk work” vs how much of it is with patients and doing hands on things?

    1. I think it depends on the hospital and staffing. If you were doing nutrition educations then you’d spend more time with the patient and less time charting. If you are doing more assessments then you’d probably spend more time at the computer.

  8. Hello! I am applying for nutritionist program. And I was keep wondering, does hospital’s cafetria provide for its patients exactly what their nutritionist advised? Every patient’s diet is different from one anoher. I thought preparing different meals for thousands of different people would be hard.

    1. Usually a doctor orders a diet for a patient when they are admitted. The diet is based off of their health history. So for example, a patient with cardiac issues would be put on a heart-healthy diet. Someone with diabetes would be put on a consistent carbohydrate diet.

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