Dietitians & nutritionists

Detailed Occupation

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2020 Workforce
103k
Average Age
42
Estimated Job Growth
7.95%
10-year projection
Average Salary
$50,427
Average Male Salary
$60,746
Average Female Salary
$49,237

About

Dietitians & nutritionists are most often employed by the General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals industry. The average yearly wage for Dietitians & nutritionists was $50,427 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Dietitians & nutritionists by wage are Metal furnace operators, tenders, pourers, & casters, Healthcare diagnosing or treating practitioners, all other, and Agricultural inspectors.

Dietitians & nutritionists are part of the Healthcare practitioners & technical occupations, along with Chiropractors, Dentists, Dietitians & nutritionists, Optometrists, Pharmacists, and 37 more.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Dietitians & nutritionists are Miami City (East) & Key Biscayne Village PUMA, FL, Nashville-Davidson (Southwest) PUMA, TN, and Delaware County PUMA, OH. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Dietitians & nutritionists are Miami City (East) & Key Biscayne Village PUMA, FL, Nashville-Davidson (Southwest) PUMA, TN, and Cape Girardeau, Scott & Bollinger Counties PUMA, MO.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Dietitians & nutritionists and on wages and locations for those in the field. General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals is the industry that employs the most Dietitians & nutritionists, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Dietitians & nutritionists, by average wage, is Other administrative & other support services. Dietitians & nutritionists are paid most in Dover Town & Kinnelon Borough PUMA, NJ but are relatively concentrated in Miami City (East) & Key Biscayne Village PUMA, FL.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$50,427
AVERAGE SALARY
± $3,142

In 2020, Dietitians & nutritionists earned an average of $50,427, $5,527 less than than the average national salary of $55,954.

Healthcare diagnosing or treating practitioners, all other make somewhat more than Dietitians & nutritionists while Metal furnace operators, tenders, pourers, & casters make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Dietitians & nutritionists as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.364
WAGE GINI

In 2015, Dietitians & nutritionists had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.364, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Dietitians & nutritionists (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

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Spatial Concentration

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Dietitians & nutritionists.

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Industries

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Industries by Share

103k
2020 Workforce
± 7,875
3.49%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 10.5%

The number of people employed as Dietitians & nutritionists has been growing at a rate of 3.49%, from 99,492 people in 2019 to 102,966 people in 2020.

This graphic shows the share of Dietitians & nutritionists employed by various industries. General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals employs the largest share of Dietitians & nutritionists at  35.7%, followed by Nursing Care Facilities with 9.83% and Elementary & secondary schools with 8.27%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Dietitians & nutritionists in the US. The average age of male Dietitians & nutritionists in the workforce is 41.5 and of female Dietitians & nutritionists is 42, and the most common race/ethnicity for Dietitians & nutritionists is White (Non-Hispanic).

Composition by Sex

10.6k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 2,533
92.3k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 7,458

89.7% of Dietitians & nutritionists are Female, making them the more common sex in the occupation. This chart shows the sex breakdown of Dietitians & nutritionists.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Dietitians & nutritionists
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
  2. Black (Non-Hispanic)
  3. White (Hispanic)

67.7% of Dietitians & nutritionists are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 13% of Dietitians & nutritionists, Black (Non-Hispanic) is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Dietitians & nutritionists.

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Age by Sex

41.5
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 3.47
42
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 1.09

The median age of Dietitians & nutritionists is 42, and Male employees are generally 0.554 years younger than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Dietitians & nutritionists from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Dietitians & nutritionists is Interdisciplinary Studies but a relatively high number of Dietitians & nutritionists hold a major in Interdisciplinary Studies.

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Dietitians & nutritionists from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Dietitians & nutritionists need many skills, but most especially Reading Comprehension, Social Perceptiveness, and Writing. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Dietitians & nutritionists need more than the average amount of Management of Financial Resources, Operations Analysis, and Management of Material Resources.

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Projections

Projections on job growth for Dietitians and Nutritionists from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The 10-year national workforce is projected to grow 3.71%, but Dietitians and Nutritionists are expected to see a growth of 7.95% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow more than the national average.

Job Growth

For growth projections, the closest comparible industry reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics is Dietitians and Nutritionists.
7.95%
Estimated Job Growth
10-year Projection
3.71%
National Growth
10-year Projection

This line chart shows the projected 10-year growth in the number of jobs for Dietitians and Nutritionists. This profession is expected to grow more than than 3.71%, the average rate of national job growth.

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