NTDT Job Opportunities

What is a Registered Dietitian?

Registered Dietitians are highly qualified professionals, widely recognized as the most reliable sources of nutrition information. They represent a diverse group of professionals who are uniquely qualified, by virtue of their academic preparation, as a nutrition practitioners working with people and groups of people to improve nutritional health. The American Dietetic Association (ADA) is the professional association for over 61,000 dietitians in the U.S. and sets the educational and experiential standards for dietitians. The ADA administers a national registration exam for dietitians. Once the test is passed, an individual may list the credential of R.D. Students who have completed the ADA approved bachelor's degree program at Samford and a post graduate accredited dietetic internship (usually at a hospital) are allowed to take the registration exam.

Areas of Dietetic Practice

Management - Settings include healthcare institutions, schools, cafeterias, and restaurants. They are responsible for personnel management, menu planning, budgeting, and purchasing wherever food is served.

Clinical Dietetics - RDs in clinical practice are a vital part of the medical team in hospitals, nursing homes, health maintenance organizations, and other healthcare facilities. RDs may specialize in a particular area of clinical nutrition such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, or pediatrics.

Community Nutrition - Opportunities include public and home health agencies, daycare centers, health and recreation clubs, and government-funded nutrition programs.

Education - RDs in the field of education work in colleges, universities, community or technical schools. They may teach future physicians, nurses, dietitians, and other healthcare providers.

Research - Professionals work in government agencies, food and pharmaceutical companies, and in universities and medical centers.

Business - RDs in business work for food and nutrition related industries. They work in product research and development, marketing, sales, public relations and many other areas vital to companies who seek to meet consumer demand for healthy food products and nutrition education products.

Extra-Curricular Activities: Nutrition and Dietetics majors may be a part of the Student Dietetic Association (SDA). The SDA works with the American Diabetes Association, American Cancer Society and Path Center for Women in community service.

Beeson Scholarships are available for declared upper-level majors. Application is made during the spring semester. The department announces the application deadline to all majors. Alabama and American Dietetic Association scholarships are also available to NTDT students at Samford.

Job Placement Assistance from the Department: Job announcements are posted regularly and faculty spends much individual time counseling seniors and writing reference letters for dietetic internships, graduate schools, and entry-level jobs.

For further information, please feel free to contact the Chair of the Department, Dr. Patricia H. Terry: office OBB 103; telephone: 205-726-2930; and phterry@samford.edu