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Diet: Career and Education Opportunities in Illinois

Diet: Dietitians give help to those with medical and health problems rising out of their eating habits. Focused on correcting core nutritional problems, they provide guidance to people with both weight and medical problems related to food.

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Illinois has a population of 12,910,409, which has grown by 3.95% in the last 10 years. Nicknamed the "Land of Lincoln," its capital is Springfield, though its largest city is Chicago. In 2008, there were a total of 7,657,328 jobs in Illinois. The average annual income was $42,540 in 2008, up from $41,720 in 2007. The unemployment rate in Illinois was 10.1% in 2009, which has grown by 3.7% since the previous year. Roughly 26.1% of Illinois residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in Illinois include construction machinery merchant wholesalers, beer, wine, and distilled alcoholic beverage merchant wholesalers, and nonchocolate confectionery manufacturing. Notable tourist attractions include the Chicago Peregrine Release, the Dusable Museum of African American History, and the Chinatown Museum Foundation.


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Dietary Technician

Dietary Technicians assist dietitians in the provision of food service and nutritional programs. Dietary Technicians need to look for ways to help others. They also need to listen well to others and take in their information and issues.

Dieticians plan and conduct food service or nutritional programs to assist in the promotion of health and control of disease. Dieticians need to read and understand what has been read. They also need to train others in tasks and process.