What Does a Digital Diet Tech Do?

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If you're wondering what a digital diet tech is, you're not alone. 

Here's everything you need to know.

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What is a Dietetic Technician (Diet Tech)?

A nutrition and dietetics technician, registered (NDTR for short) is nationally credentialed as a food and nutrition technical practitioner. This means that an NDTR is trained and educated at the technical level of nutrition and dietetics practice. 

NDTRs ensure the delivery of quality food and nutrition services, including but not limited to: 

  • safety

  • cultural competency

  • healthcare

  • food service management teams

Traditional Diet Techs

Under the direct supervision of dietitians while practicing nutrition care, NDTRs generally work in the following settings: 

  • Hospitals

  • Clinics

  • Nursing homes

  • Retirement centers

  • Hospices

  • Home health-care programs

  • Research facilities


When visiting a dietitian, diet techs may be the first providers you see. They often participate in intake and assessment, such as measurement or taking patient history.

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Digital Diet Techs

Digital diet techs help to bridge the gaps in dietetics practice. According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, technology is "entering into mainstream practice."

Utilizing technology for optimal healthcare is achievable. Digital diet techs function as virtual dietitian assistants to help professionals and providers to improve patient care. 

Digital diet techs can improve efficiency and productivity by working smarter and working hard. 

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Independent NDTRs

NDTRS are qualified to work independently in certain settings. They can provide general nutrition education to healthy populations. 

Some of the settings independent NDTRs can work in include: 


Women,  Infants, Children (WIC)  programs, schools, day-care centers


Corporations, hospitals, restaurants


Correctional facilities, health-care facilities


Health clubs, weight management clinics



Public health agencies,  Meals on Wheels, community health programs, community wellness centers 


Food companies, contract food management, food vending, distributing operations