Assists in the provision of food service and nutritional programs, under the supervision of a dietitian. May plan and produce meals based on established guidelines, teach principles of food and nutrition, or counsel individuals.
This career is part of the Health Science cluster Therapeutic Services pathway.
A person in this career:
- Observes patient food intake and reports progress and dietary problems to dietician.
- Prepares a major meal, following recipes and determining group food quantities.
- Supervises food production or service or assists dietitians or nutritionists in food service supervision or planning.
- Plans menus or diets or guides individuals or families in food selection, preparation, or menu planning, based upon nutritional needs and established guidelines.
- Analyzes menus or recipes, standardizes recipes, or tests new products.
- Conducts nutritional assessments of individuals, including obtaining and evaluating individuals' dietary histories, to plan nutritional programs.
- Determines food and beverage costs and assists in implementing cost control procedures.
- Develops job specifications, job descriptions, or work schedules.
- Delivers speeches on diet, nutrition, or health to promote healthy eating habits and illness prevention and treatment.
- Refers patients to other relevant services to provide continuity of care.