I understand the rule to capitalize a profession (i.e. job title) when it is precedes a name, as in President John Doe... but what if we are talking about titles in general. I am working on a document that discusses when to request a referral to Registered Dietitian, Occupational Therapist or Speech Language Pathologist. Should these all be lower case, or capitalized?

Example: Feeding therapists are often Speech Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists or Registered Dietitians and can be referred to using [blank] form.


In this case above the usage of the word registered' or dietitian' in the middle of a sentence should not bear a capital letter. Except the subject succeeds the title.

  • Please cite a source. – Lawrence Oct 13 '17 at 14:51
  • In the U.S., Registered Dietician is a title only people who have completed certification from the Commission on Dietetic Registration (including passing an exam and meeting other professional standards and qualifications) can use; it is not just any dietician who is registered somewhere. In the same way, a Certified Financial Planner is not just any financial planner with a certification, and a Professional Engineer is not just anyone who is an engineer by profession. I think you've missed the point of the question. – choster Oct 13 '17 at 17:04

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