What is an RD?
Registered dietitians are food and nutrition experts, translating the science of nutrition into practical solutions for healthy living. The expertise, training and credentials that back a registered dietitian are vital for promoting positive lifestyle choices. -American Dietetic Association
In order to become an RD you complete a four year program at a accredited, respected university, to get a B.S. in Dietetics. Then you embark on a 9 month internship and learn even more about the work of a dietitian, everything from ICU to community garden work. After that you must pass a national exam to get the right to place those two letters behind your name. Many RDs go on to get Masters and Doctorates in Nutrition or other Health Sciences. I am currently in the first "stage"-getting my BS at Boston University. Courses are very rigorous-we're taking Biochem and Organic Chemistry with the Pre-med students, while learning how to write meal plans, and calculate enternal nutrition for critically patients.
RDs work in the community, with private clients. They also work in a clinical setting, helping those who are terminally ill and with chronic diseases. Some dietitians work in corporate wellness, schools, on community gardens, write, and educate people about a healthy diet.
The ADA is a great resource, and they have links to help you find a RD near you.
I think you will enjoy this series of posts, I definitely had fun talking with some of my role models about what my future could look like!
If you have any questions about what it is like to be a dietitian, shoot me an email at ejarrard [at] gmail [dot] com and I will try to get you some answers!