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Research Dietitian

Study how food impact the people who eat it.

What does a Research Dietitian do?

A small child may know that too many cookies lead to too many pounds of belly fat. But when that child sputters the inevitable “Why?” some Teachers may be stumped. That’s when a Research Dietitian can help.

A Research Dietitian performs multiple studies to determine how food works. As a result, the Research Dietitian is always prepared to answer inquisitive children and adults who want to learn more about nutrition.

As a Research Dietitian, you dedicate yourself to learning all you can about food. Often, however, you can’t simply follow a whim in your research. Instead, your employer dictates the sorts of studies you conduct.

If you work for a health center, for example, you might determine what sorts of foods Nurses can give cancer patients to make them feel full. If you work for a food factory, by contrast, you might study how cold broccoli can get before it begins to break apart.

No matter what you study, though, you perform your work in a sterile, logical manner. You write down your theories, test those theories in a series of experiments, closely monitor the results, and then write down the conclusion of your study. In most cases, your report is read only by your Supervisor. But if you come across a particularly striking discovery, you write your research results in a formal paper and submit it to a reputable dietetics journal for all of your colleagues to read.