Salaries and Job Outlook
According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 2005 Dietetics Compensation and Benefits Survey, half of all DTRs in the U.S. who have been working full-time in the field for four years or less earn between $33,800 and $37,700 per year. Salary levels vary with region, employment setting, geographical location, scope of responsibility, and supply of DTRs.
The job market for dietetic technicians, registered is assumed to be similar to that for dietitians and nutritionists. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of dietitians and nutritionists is expected to grow about as fast as the average for all occupations through the year 2014 because of increased emphasis on disease prevention, a growing and aging population, and public interest in nutrition. Employment in hospitals is expected to show little change because of anticipated slow growth and reduced lengths of hospital stay; however, faster growth is anticipated in nursing homes, residential care facilities, and physician clinics.