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How much flexibility would I have as a dietitian?

I got my first bachelor's degree with a pre-med intent. After research and soul-searching, however, I decided that a doctor was not the occupation for me. I learned that many of them take few, if any, nutrition courses. It seems as if many medical schools in the US train people to write prescriptions for one part of the body rather than to understand the body as an integrated unit.

I want the freedom to incorporate holistic practices, ancient health techniques, international diets, and the like into my career as a dietitian- not just the conventional American forms of treatment. Am I dreaming too big?

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Janet’s Answer

Hi Vanessa,

You absolutely can integrate many different techniques and practices into this profession. In fact, the more training you get in various areas the more you are able to help a person depending on where they are at. I purposely set out to diversify my skillset by working at different positions and received various trainings based on what I thought was relevant to know to better address my patients' issues. In order to grow and thrive in this profession, we need to continue to learn. You will go far, if you decide to vary your skills in my professional opinion!
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Kimberly’s Answer

A dietitian would be limited on flexibility depending on their client base. Some clients might need appointments during a specific time or after five o'clock. So some flexibility is available, but building a client base first would be best and then work out the flexibility

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Lisa’s Answer

There are so many areas to our profession and new ones are emerging all the time. In my company alone RDs are hired for Nutrition website, blogging, IT for nutrition related projects, Education materials, they are coaches for Motivational Interviewing, Managers, Administrators, VPs, to name just a few. The beauty of being an RD is if you love the area you can bring to it whatever your area of interest is. It is my opinion that if you love your area of interest or your profession you will soar in that profession. I have never regretted the choice and I wake up wanting to go to work.

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Jessica’s Answer

A dietitian's flexibility is mostly based off their clients flexibility as well. This is one of those professions where you have to meet your clients goals while being able to help them in the process during their lives, so being flexible to them would be a huge priority.
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