Dietitians

If you are interested in becoming an officer in the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service, please note that applications for specific professions are accepted based on the current needs of the Corps. Please visit our How to Apply page for updates on which professions are currently being accepted.



Dietitian discussing health with patient

As a dietitian officer in the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps, you can truly make a difference in underserved and disadvantaged communities, places where better nutrition can improve health and quality of life. Every day will offer new challenges ranging from managing nutrition education programs for patients, providers, and the public to conducting research to improve national and global nutrition. As part of a national team of committed health care professionals, you'll enjoy leadership opportunities, excellent benefits, and work/life balance, all while improving the health of the Nation.

“The dietitians in the Corps meet the mission of the USPHS by working in both traditional and non-traditional dietitian roles. Dietitians play key roles as they work to protect, promote, and advance the health and safety of the Nation.”

CAPTAIN EDITH CLARK
Chief Dietitian Officer
U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps

Salary and Benefits

For the most part, Commissioned Corps officers enjoy the same benefits as their counterparts in their sister uniform services. Among the many benefits officers receive are:

  • Competitive starting pay that increases with promotions and years of service
  • Loan repayment potential
  • Health care and dental care for officers at no cost
  • Low-cost health care and dental care for your family
  • Healthcare benefits continue during retirement
  • Low-cost group life insurance
  • Thirty days of paid vacation per year – beginning the first year
  • Paid sick leave, maternity leave, and Federal holidays
  • Retirement plan with benefits elegibility beginning after 20 years of service
  • Thrift Savings Plan (retirement saving and investment plan similar to 401(k))

Page Last Modified on 2/3/2014