Future Changes Driving Dietetics Workforce Supply and Demand: Future Scan 2012-2022

Published:February 22, 2012DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jand.2011.12.008

      Executive Summary

      The dietetics profession faces many workforce challenges and opportunities to ensure that registered dietitians (RDs) and dietetic technicians, registered (DTRs) are at the forefront of health and nutrition. The profession must prepare for new public priorities, changes in population, and the restructuring of how people learn and work, as well as new advances in science and technology. In September 2010, the Dietetics Workforce Demand Task Force, in consultation with a panel of thought leaders, identified 10 change drivers that affect dietetics workforce supply and demand. This future scan report provides an overview of eight of these drivers. Two change drivers—health care reform and population risk factors/nutrition initiatives—are addressed in separate technical articles. A change matrix has been included at the end of this executive summary. The matrix contains a summary of each change driver and its expected impact and is designed to present the drivers in the context of a larger, dynamic system of change in the dietetics profession. The impact of any of these change drivers individually and collectively in a dynamic system is uncertain. The outcome of any change driver is also uncertain. The dietetics profession faces many choices within each change driver to meet the workforce challenges and seize the opportunities for leadership and growth.
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      M. Rhea is president, Signature i, LLC, Alexandria, VA.


      C. Bettles is president, Trend Spot Consulting, Seattle, WA.