How easy is it to transition to a career in dietetics?
I am transitioning from a high school biology teaching career. I was a biology major in undergrad, and now I am returning to school for a second degree in dietetics. Thankfully, some of my previous courses count toward the dietetics degree.
Dietetics is a great field to be in since it's always going to be needed and you have a wide variety of options to choose from career wise. Once you get your degree, you'll need to do 1200 hours of supervised practice by doing an internship and then you'll need to pass the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) Examination. During your internship I would recommend building a relationship with your preceptors since they'll able to give you tips and advice on how to prepare for the exam as well as when you apply for jobs. The workload involved with the internship as well as preparing for the exam is intense but push through it because it's extremely rewarding at the very end. Best of luck with your studies and your career change! It will be totally worth it in the long run.
If you're already in school, you're aware that you need at least 2 years of class work (known as the Didactic Program in Dietetics or DPD), which you can get as a post-baccalaurette certificate, or pair with a second bachelor's degree or a Master's degree. I chose the Master's degree option, but one isn't better than another - you just need that coursework. Once you've completed the DPD, you apply to a dietetic internship, which currently has an acceptance rate of about 50% nationwide - the best thing you can do for your internship application is to volunteer or work in different areas of dietetics - hospitals/clinics, community centers, WIC offices, sports teams with dietitians on staff, food service operations in schools or hospitals. Also, shadow different dietitians in your area to get a sense of what their day to day jobs are like. RDs are everywhere and they do so many things! I work in a hospital, but I know people in outpatient clinics, private practice, food service management, food science, sales and marketing, teaching, policy (in and out of DC), WIC centers, community health centers - and that's not an exhaustive list.
Easy isn't the word I would use. Rewarding and exciting are two I would use instead. I LOVE my job and I'm so glad I made the switch.