Learn about the types of people who become registered dietitian. This page goes into detail about the employment, gender, and ethnic ratios of the workplace.


Employment Type Mix, 2023

79% of registered dietitian work in full-time roles while 21% work part-time.


Gender Mix By Career Interest, 2023

This graph shows the distribution of females and males that are interested in becoming a registered dietitian. Four or five star ratings on CareerExplorer indicate interest.

More women than men are interested in becoming registered dietitian at a ratio of 1.37 to 1.


Actual Gender Mix, 2023

92% of registered dietitian are female and 8% are male.


Gender Bias, 2023

This is one of the most compelling statistics we collect. Gender bias shows the difference between gender interest in being a registered dietitian and the actual gender mix of people in the career.

If there is a significant difference, then it means there is a gender imbalance between those interested in becoming a registered dietitian and those who end up becoming one.

In this case there are significantly more men interested in becoming a registered dietitian than those actually working as one. It is hard to pinpoint the exact reasons why, but there are likely various forces at play, from changing interests over time to societal norms and biases.


Ethnic Mix, 2019

The largest ethnic group of registered dietitian are White, making up 65% of the population. The next highest segments are Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish and East Asian, making up 9% and 8% respectively.