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Dietetic Technicians - 29-2051.00

O*NET-SOC Description

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.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Certified Dietary Manager (CDM)
  • Cook Chill Technician (CCT)
  • Diet Assistant
  • Diet Clerk
  • Diet Tech (Diet Technician)
  • Diet Tech (Dietetic Technician)
  • Diet Technician Registered (DTR)
  • Dietary Aid
  • Dietary Aide
  • Dietary Manager

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


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

Detailed Work Activities

  • Analyze patient data to determine patient needs or treatment goals.
  • Collect medical information from patients, family members, or other medical professionals.
  • Communicate health and wellness information to the public.
  • Conduct research to increase knowledge about medical issues.
  • Evaluate patient functioning, capabilities, or health.
  • Inform medical professionals regarding patient conditions and care.
  • Manage preparation of special meals or diets.
  • Monitor patient progress or responses to treatments.
  • Provide health and wellness advice to patients, program participants, or caregivers.
  • Refer patients to other healthcare practitioners or health resources.
  • Supervise medical support personnel.
  • Train medical providers.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Diet Therapy (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Diet Therapy Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Diet Therapy Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Diet Therapy Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Diet Therapy Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Diet Therapy Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Dietitian (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Dietitian (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Food Service Technician (Army - Warrant Officer only)
  • Health Services Technician (Coast Guard - Enlisted)
  • Hospital Corpsman (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Medical Specialist Corps Officer (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Nutrition Care Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Unit Supply Specialist (Army - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Dietetic Technician