Dietitians & nutritionists

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2019 Workforce
101k
Average Age
42.7
Estimated Job Growth
7.95%
10-year projection
Average Salary
$48,600
Average Male Salary
$58,180
Average Female Salary
$47,691

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 $48,600 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Dietitians & nutritionists by wage are Librarians and media collections specialists, Legal secretaries and administrative assistants, and Clinical laboratory technologists & technicians.

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 St. Louis City (South) PUMA, MO. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Dietitians & nutritionists are St. Louis City (South) 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 Specialty food stores. Dietitians & nutritionists are paid most in Vernon, Moraine, West Deerfield & Libertyville (Southeast) Townships PUMA, IL but are relatively concentrated in St. Louis City (South) PUMA, MO.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$48,600
AVERAGE SALARY
± $2,433

In 2019, Dietitians & nutritionists earned an average of $48,600, $6,924 less than than the average national salary of $55,524.

Librarians and media collections specialists make somewhat more than Dietitians & nutritionists while Legal secretaries and administrative assistants 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

0.376
WAGE GINI

In 2015, Dietitians & nutritionists had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.376, 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

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Dietitians & nutritionists.

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Spatial Concentration

PUMAs with a Relatively High Concentration of Dietitians & nutritionists

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

101k
2019 Workforce
± 7,794
−0.79%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 11%

The number of people employed as Dietitians & nutritionists has been declining at a rate of −0.79%, from 101,639 people in 2018 to 100,836 people in 2019.

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  34.5%, followed by Outpatient care centers with 8.45% and Elementary & secondary schools with 7.64%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Dietitians & nutritionists in the US. The average age of male Dietitians & nutritionists in the workforce is 42.5 and of female Dietitians & nutritionists is 42.7, and the most common race/ethnicity for Dietitians & nutritionists is White (Non-Hispanic).

Gender Composition

8.73k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 2,294
92.1k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 7,449

91.3% of Dietitians & nutritionists are Female, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender 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)

68.2% of Dietitians & nutritionists are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 12.6% 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 Gender

42.5
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 3.64
42.7
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 1.12

The median age of Dietitians & nutritionists is 42.7, and Male employees are generally 0.193 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.

Majors

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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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