Dietary Manager

At a Glance

Years in School (after high school graduation):

2 years or less

Hourly Wage:

$18.08-$45.91 (Mean: $31.91)
*based on 2016 Alaska DOL data for Dietitians and Nutritionists

One-page Description (PDF):

Dietary Manager

Professional Activities

Certified dietary managers are responsible for supervising food services and nutrition care services in various types of facilities or community-based programs. Typical activities in food service departments include helping with menu planning, producing schedules, and the standardizing of recipes. In addition, Certified Dietary Managers often oversee ordering, receiving, and storing of food and supplies. They may supervise other dietary workers and maintain equipment, sanitation, safety, and security procedures. Hospital-based certified dietary managers also help patients with menu selection and routine modifications to diets.

Certified dietary managers may or may not work under the direction of a dietitian. In some cases, such as with a school district, a registered dietitian may not be employed and thus all the nutritional decisions are made by the certified dietary manager. When certified dietary managers work in long term health care organizations, they are generally the department manager for the food services department with a registered dietitian serving as a consultant. In this case they are responsible for all aspects of the department from hiring, firing, writing evaluations, purchasing, scheduling, menus and any other duties that go with a specific job.

Like other members of the dietetic team, certified dietary managers may work in food programs located in hospitals and other facilities where people live and/or eat. Primary employers are the Alaska Native Health Service, the regional health corporations, state and federal health agencies, school districts, nursing homes, and hospitals. Other jobs are in community-based educational or nutrition programs. Rural Alaska employment opportunities are most often found in regional centers where such facilities and programs exist.

Educational Requirements

Individuals considering a career as a certified dietary manager should have an interest in working with food, the ability to work well with people, and supervisory potential.

  • Graduation from high school or a GED, preferably with coursework in math, science, and communication.
  • Completion of a college level, one-year Certified Dietary Manager program OR completion of a two-year or four-year degree in foodservice managment, nutrition, or culinary arts.
  • You may also qualify to take the national certification exam through a combination of training and experience, including related military training.
  • Completion and passing scores on the National Certified Dietary Manager’s (CDM) exam and Certified Food Protection Professional (CFPP) exam.

Academic Programs

We are unaware of any available academic programs in Alaska at this time. Distance delivered courses are available in the United States. Please refer to the Association of Nutrition and Food Service Professionals website for a listing of approved programs/schools including on-line courses: This organization also provides assistance in determining whether your training and experience qualify you to take the national certification exam.


National Contact:

Association of Nutrition & Foodservice Professionals
406 Surrey Woods Dr.
St. Charles, IL 60174
Phone: (630) 587-6336
Toll Free: (800) 323-1908
Fax: 630.587.6308

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