Allison Beadle, MS, RD, LD
Editor, RDBA Weekly
I recently had coffee with a student who had just finished her freshman year at Texas A&M University and was contemplating switching her major to nutrition. She’s learning how nutrition is reshaping businesses throughout the food industry and is curious to learn more about emerging career opportunities for dietitians. And when she asked me what should be a super-simple question, “what are some of the job titles for non-traditional RD positions?” I felt a little stuck.
Well, hmmm…there really aren’t standard job titles. Or job descriptions. In fact, there really isn’t a standard way to even find these jobs. And unlike many well-established career paths in other industries (think: finance, advertising, accounting, etc.), non-traditional approaches don’t have a clear-cut “ladder” for advancement.
This scenario often plays out with dietitians at retail. And while some may find it difficult to navigate, this type of “undefined” career path presents unique opportunities that are ultimately up to the individual to identify and pursue.
So how can you, as a retail dietitian, use your unique position within your company to create exciting career growth opportunities? Here are a few tips.
Taking a non-traditional or emerging career path requires a lot of resourcefulness and willingness to think differently. And without question, these paths often provide substantial satisfaction and rewards. But, it’s ultimately up to you to create the opportunities.