The Nutrition Care Specialist works with Registered Dietitians (RD) counseling patients individually and in group settings, plans special diets for patients according to nutritional requirements, and creates menus and prepares small quantity foods.
- Performs basic dietetic functions in a hospital, clinic, or field environment.
- Provides nutritional treatment and basic level counseling to patients in nutrition clinics, health promotion and wellness clinics and classroom settings.
- Assists dietitians or superiors in food service supervision, planning, and production operations.
- Performs nutrition assessment screenings of individual patients for nutritional requirements and restrictions; provide recommendations on food item selection.
Job training for a Nutrition Care Specialists currently requires 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training and seven weeks of Advanced Individual Training to include small quantity food preparation.
- Interest in nutrition, health, biology, science, fitness, and chemistry.
- Ability to communicate effectively to individuals and small groups.
- Enjoy helping and caring for others.
Total compensation includes housing, medical, food, special pay, and vacation time.
In the Army, qualified students can earn full-tuition, merit-based scholarships, allowances for books and fees, plus an annual stipend for living expenses.
Future Civilian Careers:
The skills you’ll learn will help prepare you for a career within civilian hospitals, weight management clinics, nursing homes or rehabilitation centers. With a Nutrition Care Specialist background, you may consider a career as a Dietetic Technician, Dietary Manager, Nutrition Technician, Clinical Dietetic Technician, or Dietary Aide.
Through your extensive Army medical training, real-world experiences and with some additional study, you may be able to test for certification as an Association of Nutrition & Foodservice Professional’s Certified Dietary Manager (CDM) or the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Dietetic Technician, Registered (DTR) credential.
PARTNERSHIP FOR YOUTH SUCCESS (PaYS) Program:
Those interested in this job may be eligible for civilian employment, after the Army, by enrolling in the Army PaYS program. The PaYS program is a recruitment option that guarantees a job interview with military friendly employers that are looking for experienced and trained Veterans to join their organization.
- Johns Hopkins Hospital/Health Systems.
- NorthCrest Medical Center.
- Cleveland Clinic.
- Atlantic Health System.
- Bell Ambulance, Inc.
- Prince William Health System.
- Reliant Medical Group.
- Yale-New Haven Hospital.
- Baton Rouge General Medical Center.
- Must be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident.
- Must possess a High School Diploma or equivalent.
- Enlistment Age Requirement: 17-34.