We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.

Advertiser Disclosure

Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.

How We Make Money

We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently from our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

How do I Become a Dietary Aide?

Nicole Madison
Updated Mar 02, 2024
Our promise to you
Practical Adult Insights is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At Practical Adult Insights, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

The main requirement for a person who wants to become a dietary aide is a high school diploma. A person in this field may also secure a job after earning a General Educational Development (GED) diploma or an acceptable equivalent. A person interested in this job usually needs good communication, reading, and math skills, and the ability to stand, walk about, and lift heavy items throughout his workday as well.

A dietary aide is a person who helps cooks and other staff members plan, prepare, and serve healthy meals. People in this field often find work in health care facilities, such as hospitals and nursing homes as well as in school settings. Dietary aides help create menus, usually concentrating on nutritious foods. They may also keep records of patient diets and communicate with other staff members regarding specific dietary needs. Often, they ensure food is served in a clean, appetizing manner, assist with food-related sanitation, and help prepare facility kitchens for inspections.

After graduating from high school or earning a GED, a person who wants to become a dietary aide won’t usually need specific training. Generally, a person interested in this field receives on-the-job training instead. He may obtain related training, however, by taking nutrition and food-service-related courses at a community college. Some vocational schools offer such courses as well.

In some places, a person who wants work as a dietary aide also needs to obtain food-safety certification. If this is required, it’s usually not a very lengthy process. To learn the criteria for certification, a prospective aide may contact his jurisdiction’s health department.

A person who wants to become a dietary aide must be in good general health. If he has any communicable diseases, he isn’t a good candidate for this job. Good health is also needed for the standing, walking, and bending that is usually required throughout the day. A person in this field may also have to lift heavy weight, including boxes of food and supplies that can weigh 50 pounds (22.67 kilograms) or more. Additionally, a person in this field must be able to withstand temperature fluctuations, such as when walking into a large freezer or using an oven.

Math, reading and writing, and verbal communication skills are also important for a person who wants to become a dietary aide. He may have to read and write diet records, menus, and recipes, using math to adjust quantities as necessary. He’ll likely also have to communicate not only with the staff of the facility in which he works, but also with the patients or other people he helps to serve.

Practical Adult Insights is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.
Nicole Madison
By Nicole Madison , Writer
Nicole Madison's love for learning inspires her work as a Practical Adult Insights writer, where she focuses on topics like homeschooling, parenting, health, science, and business. Her passion for knowledge is evident in the well-researched and informative articles she authors. As a mother of four, Nicole balances work with quality family time activities such as reading, camping, and beach trips.

Discussion Comments

Nicole Madison

Nicole Madison


Nicole Madison's love for learning inspires her work as a Practical Adult Insights writer, where she focuses on topics...
Learn more
Practical Adult Insights, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

Practical Adult Insights, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.