Fact Sheet – Dietitian

Last updated: August 31, 2018

Regulated profession:

  • Dietitian
NOC 2016¹ Occupation
3132 Dietician

Regulator:

Regulated titles:

  • Dietitian
  • Registered Dietitian (R.D.)
  • Professional Dietitian (P.Dt. or D.Pt.)
  • Graduate Dietitian
  • Dietetic Intern

National bodies:

  • Dietitians of Canada (DC) is a national organization dedicated to the promotion and advancement of the profession. DC also develops professional standards and resources; accredits education and training programs. DC is not a regulatory body.

Application process (for professional registration)

Credential assessment:

Language proficiency:

  • See CDM language proficiency requirements in Application Guide for Internationally Educated Dieticians (under Step 4 of the Application Process).

Professional competency profiles:   

See Dieticians of Canada Integrated Competencies for Dietetic Education and Practice (ICDEP)

Tools/resources:

Membership association:

Employment outlook:

  • Open Explore careers by outlook
  • Enter occupation name or NOC code in window; click “Search”
  • Scroll down to view employment outlook by provinces and regions across Canada.

Job search tools:  

  • To search job postings in any occupation visit:
    • Government of Canada – Job Bank – Job Search
    • Government of Canada – Job Bank – Job Match

Related occupations / Alternate careers:

There are many reasons an internationally-educated dietician may be interested in working in a related occupation.  Related occupations provide an individual with the opportunity to:

  • apply his/her skills and experience in a different (but related) occupation;
  • gain meaningful, interim employment while pursuing professional certification;
  • gain meaningful, alternative employment (as a stepping stone or career goal) if he/she chooses not to pursue professional certification or if he/she is not eligible to pursue professional certification.

Listed below are examples of occupations in the broader field of dietetics, health and safety, and food services.  While each occupation will have its own set of employment requirements, none are regulated occupations in Manitoba and therefore do not have certification / registration requirements with a professional regulatory body.  Employers often, however, require applicants to have job-specific experience, training, and/or certification.  Always check the hiring criteria carefully.  Hiring criteria is set by the employer and will vary from employer to employer.

NOC 2016¹ Occupation
3219 Other medical technologists and technicians (incl. dietary technician, food and nutrition technician – dietetics)
9465 Testers and graders, food and beverage processing
2263 Inspectors in public and environmental health and occupational health and safety
4164 Social policy researchers, consultants and program officers
6311 Food service supervisors
0631 Restaurant and food service managers

Note: This Fact Sheet was developed by Manitoba Education and Training, Immigration and Economic Opportunities Division.  It serves as a guide and will be updated periodically. When researching information on professional registration policies and procedures, always refer to the regulator to ensure accurate, up-to-date information.

1 The Government of Canada updates the National Occupational Classification (NOC) every five years. At present, users can access three versions of NOC (2016, 2011, and 2006) on the NOC website. With each update, some NOC codes will change but the majority will stay the same. When searching an occupation on the NOC website always use the most recent version (NOC 2016). The Government of Canada also operates Job Bank using NOC codes. Job Bank, however, currently operates on NOC 2011. When navigating on Job Bank, always use 2011 NOC codes.