Registered dietitian nutritionists are below average when it comes to happiness.

At CareerExplorer, we conduct an ongoing survey with millions of people and ask them how satisfied they are with their careers. As it turns out, registered dietitian nutritionists rate their career happiness 2.9 out of 5 stars which puts them in the bottom 26% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy registered dietitian nutritionists are to similar careers in the industry. Take a look at the results below:

Salaries and satisfaction ratings in similar careers

Career Satisfaction Avg Salary
Physical therapist assistant
3.2
$53k
Food science technologist
3.1
$69k
Occupational therapist assistant
3.0
$51k
Occupational therapist
2.9
$84k
Registered dietitian nutritionist
2.9
$61k
Food safety and quality technician
2.9
$36k
Home health aide
2.8
$22k
Healthcare social worker
2.8
$57k

So what does it mean to be happy in your career? Let’s break it down into different dimensions:

  • Salary: Are registered dietitian nutritionists happy with their salary?
  • Meaning: Do registered dietitian nutritionists find their jobs meaningful?
  • Personality fit: How well suited are people’s personalities to their everyday tasks as registered dietitian nutritionists?
  • Work environment: How enjoyable are registered dietitian nutritionist’s work environments?
  • Skills utilization: Are registered dietitian nutritionists making the best use of their abilities?

Are registered dietitian nutritionists happy with their salary?