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Diet: Career and Education Opportunities in Kansas

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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Kansas has a population of 2,818,747, which has grown by 4.85% over the past 10 years. Nicknamed the "Sunflower State," its capital is Topeka, though its biggest city is Wichita. In 2008, there were a total of 1,875,134 jobs in Kansas. The average annual income was $38,886 in 2008, up from $37,414 in 2007. The unemployment rate in Kansas was 6.7% in 2009, which has grown by 2.3% since the previous year. Approximately 25.8% of Kansas residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in Kansas include machinery, equipment, and supplies merchant wholesalers, mineral wool manufacturing, and medical laboratories. Notable tourist destinations include the Exploration Place, the Indian Center Museum & Gift Shop, and the Great Plains Nature Center.


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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.