Registered Dietitian Q&A (Finding a Job, Debt, Master's Programs, ect)

Registered Dietitian Q&A (Finding a Job, Debt, Master’s Programs, ect)

0:33 Did you work throughout undergrad?
0:59 Do you think it’s beneficial to the internship application to have a job while in school?
1:49 Is it easy to find a job in nutrition/dietetics in the US?
3:05 I am really interested in becoming a dietitian; however, I am scared of having debt. I do research on it constantly, and it is said that within a few years, dietitians will need to have a Master’s degree, and they only get paid $18-$30…
6:09 Would it be okay to take my Master’s program online?
6:27 Could you talk more about the difficulties we might encounter finding jobs and internships?


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  1. Nicole Swingle on April 19, 2019 at 5:53 pm

    Would you be able to explain to me what the process is of consulting others on the side (Amount of hours, how you get paid, etc)? I’m a dietetics students who would be interested in doing it on the side later on as well as having a nutrition blog. Thank you!

  2. Dr. Anthony Wallace DrPH MA BSc on April 19, 2019 at 6:00 pm

    Thanks for the information.  I am considering dietetics but I am looking at more debt (:.  Again, the video is helpful

  3. Georgia Tsallas on April 19, 2019 at 6:05 pm

    Can I become an RN without an undergrad degree in nutrition??

  4. lienu on April 19, 2019 at 6:07 pm

    Thanks for your very helpful advice. I have a question: My fiance is an air force officer so in the future, we might have to move very often (at least every 2 years). I am considering become a RD. I want to hear your opinion about whether or not it is ideal for someone who moves frequently to work in this field. Does all the moving affect the job, or the salary or the career path?

  5. Brittany Oakes on April 19, 2019 at 6:07 pm

    What do you recommend for jobs/career for someone who has gone through the undergrad dietetics program but doesn’t have a good GPA and grades?

  6. Samantha Struck on April 19, 2019 at 6:07 pm

    Thank you for the honest video about Dietetics ! I wish I had known some of this stuff before starting school. But I know this is the career field I want to be in so I’m sticking with it! I graduate from my coordinated masters program in December and will take the RD exam shortly after !

  7. Missa McFadden on April 19, 2019 at 6:10 pm

    The RD’s I have shadowed were salaried and worked well over 40 hours a week. They also came in later in the day to teach classes. However, it is flexible if you have a family. The dietitian I interviewed made $105k a year but she had been working 25 years and she also took on admin responsibilities as well as oversaw other RD’s schedules. The other dietitian in the same clinic had her Master’s and said it was very hard to find work that paid over $20/hr. She told me to go the RN route. The RN CDE I interviewed only dealt with Diabetics not other nutritional cases. She made probably $40+ an hour and also had experience in industry (selling insulin pumps) so that made her more lucrative to the clinic. This is all in the Seattle area. Now across the state in Spokane, WA the market is saturated with grads and not enough jobs so many dietitians have to work in nursing homes. I think it just depends on what you want to get out of it at the end of the day and how you want to spend your time. Nursing school is incredibly hard and demanding. Where I feel as though dietetics seems to fit a family lifestyle more. However, nursing can also accommodate a family’s schedule but most jobs in hospitals are 12hr shifts verses 8 hour shifts for RD’s in clinic.

  8. Heal-Thy Life on April 19, 2019 at 6:10 pm

    Very informational laura. Ive been watching these videos for a year now and they are always good. But even though its not 2024. Do you think it will be much harder to get a job with just an internship and no masters? Ik u slightly touched on that but I hear that jobs are already hiring those with masters over people with just an internship

  9. Vinnie A on April 19, 2019 at 6:11 pm

    I have no college education and make 70k after taxes!

  10. Jacob Carver on April 19, 2019 at 6:16 pm

    Hey Laura, I’m also a RD. I’m curious how you started doing meal plans and consulting online? I would love to help more people.

  11. Ciara Manning on April 19, 2019 at 6:20 pm

    get a speciality. I’m taking the CDE soon

  12. Simon Malm on April 19, 2019 at 6:23 pm

    I’m wondering how much you could charge a person per meal plan?

  13. Zach Leonard on April 19, 2019 at 6:24 pm

    Hi Laura, I just finished my Undergrad and am taking a couple semesters to figure out exactly what I want to go to University for. For the last couple of years I’ve been really interested in taking the route to become an RD and I’ve been watching alot of your videos lately, they’re all very helpful! My question relating to this video is: when you took your internship how did you afford to live? Were you lucky enough to find a paid internship or did you have to work on the side as well? Also did you afford the move with savings? I’m just curious if there’s some kind of financial aid that’s available for this part of a dietetics program, as I don’t know much about financial aid when it comes to anything past just community college. Thanks and keep up the good work! 🙂

  14. Wende Patrella on April 19, 2019 at 6:27 pm

    Hello, i wanted to share with you that i’ll be going to the University Of Alabama’s Online DPD program! I wanted to ask if you have heard of that program and have any input about it as well. Thanks for sharing your personal stories and i hope things will be easier for me once i at least finish my bachelors degree like it was for you. I have 6 years of professional cooking/food/nutrition background and also wanted to know how beneficial it is when looking for internships! Thanks again!!

  15. Izabel Lopez on April 19, 2019 at 6:31 pm

    Hello I am a sophomore in high school and interested in becoming a registered dietician. If it is not prying too much I would like to know how long you have worked as a dietician and how much you make? Thank you and have a nice day.

  16. Pat Balmediano on April 19, 2019 at 6:35 pm

    THANK YOU for this video!! I am currently applying to Master’s Programs/Dietetic Training and Internships and this video was so helpful in envisioning what I have ahead. Please keep doing what you do!

  17. MsSweetDEBBY on April 19, 2019 at 6:35 pm

    Thanks for your video i’m really inspired. I am just confused on which area of dietetics to do masters in? Could you give me some advice?

  18. jolly squishy cow bud on April 19, 2019 at 6:36 pm

    I have a question. Should I go to a school that offers a coordinated dietetics program or is a school that had a didactic dietetics program just as good? It’s because I’m between going to Cal state Los Angeles or Cal state Long beach, long beach being the higher quality school but offering the didactic program while the latter offers the coordinated program.

  19. Joe Jia on April 19, 2019 at 6:36 pm

    Your videos are always so helpful Laura!!! Thank you so much.

  20. Stef B McCoy on April 19, 2019 at 6:38 pm

    I have wanted to go to school online for diabetics or nutrition for a while now and i just don’t know which school to attend. Any advice?

  21. Malak Shouman Sh on April 19, 2019 at 6:38 pm

    Hey Laura! Thank you for the video it was really helpful. I’m a freshman at college and I have a question I’m planning on taking the coordinates program for nutrition which is a year longer but I don’t know what is the difference between it and the normal BS nutrition. I do realized that it’s beneficial somehow
    And it’s better from what I read but what I’m going to be working with if I take this program ?!

  22. Abbie Flynn on April 19, 2019 at 6:39 pm

    Hopefully you see this. When you apply to a internship does the emphasis the school focuses on matter to where you will work? Thanks!

  23. Christopher Gomez on April 19, 2019 at 6:40 pm

    My grades are no problem. I’m looking forward to my internship, I’m communicating with the right people at my current university that’ll yield my DTR. The following university I want to go is D’youville in Buffalo, N.Y. (where I live.) Their program is a 2-in-1 where in five years, you get your master’s in dietetics and RD at the price of an undergrad. You give a lot of insight. Thank you

  24. misselleterese on April 19, 2019 at 6:42 pm

    Do you suggest doing the master’s with a thesis or non-thesis? I can do the non-thesis and just take a comprehensive exam, but is there an advantage to doing a thesis? At this point, I’m not interested in pursuing a doctorate after graduation.

  25. leebeedb on April 19, 2019 at 6:43 pm

    Thanks so much for the info! I have one year of undergrad left and I will be applying for the Dietetics Master Program. You brought up a lot of good points that I found really helpful.

  26. me me on April 19, 2019 at 6:43 pm

    What is the point

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