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Nutritionist

Use evidence-based knowledge of food and health to advise members of the public on matters of health and wellbeing.

What's it like to be a Nutritionist?

Nutritionists advise people of all ages on matters relating to diet, personal health and wellbeing. They design, coordinate and monitor a range of dietary plans with the goal of improving the health and wellbeing of a client, as well as educating them on the subject of personal nutrition.

Nutritionist

Tasks and duties

  • Planning and implementing diets, menus and meal plans.
  • Educating clients on the importance of nutrition in the context of diet and food preparation.
  • Monitoring clients' progress against planned goals and milestones.
  • Calculating nutritional values of food in menus and meal plans.
  • Planning and conducting nutrition interventions with the use of curated educational material.
  • Consult with individuals and groups, including sportspeople, about their dietary habits and assess potential nutritional deficiencies
  • Adjusting prescribed diet plans based on the assessment of nutritional needs and client response.
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Nutritionists interact with members of the public daily and work closely with clients to achieve their goals, including weight management, increased energy and motivation, or alleviating existing nutritional deficiencies. Nutritionists work in a wide range of food and health settings, including sporting clubs, gyms, in private practices or in food and health marketing and research departments. Many Nutritionists work part-time.

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How to become a Nutritionist


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There are no formal prerequisites for becoming a Nutritionist, however the majority of working Nutritionists have tertiary qualifications in the field. Upon completing your studies, it is strongly advised to undertake the application process to the Nutrition Society of Australia’s Voluntary Register of Nutritionists. As there is currently no government regulation of the industry or legal protection of the title Nutritionist, the NSA Voluntary Register of Nutritionists exists to distinguish the credentials of Nutritionists who are trained from those who are not.

  1. Complete a qualification in Nutrition. This may be a Diploma of Nutrition, or a Bachelor of Science majoring in Nutrition.
  2. Complete your application to the NSA Voluntary Register of Nutritionists. Registration must be renewed every 3 years.

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How do Nutritionists rate their role?

Latest reviews from 14 Nutritionists surveyed on SEEK

Work-life balance
4.6
Job satisfaction
4.8
Career progression opportunities
4.0
Job security
3.9
Pay / Salary
3.9
Variety of work
4.4

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Nov 2018
Research and development
Reviewer's Qualification
Graduate Diploma
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
The good things
Being a Nutritionist is an exciting and rewarding role. The role is varied and diverse, there is communication in between different departments within the organization. For example you would be liaisi...
The challenges
It is a challenging role to get into as an entry level graduate. There are also a lot of challenges involved in the food industry and small businesses within the food industry and health food and func...
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Nov 2018
Nutritionist treat health through preventative approach
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Health Science
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Nutrition
The good things
Helping people transform their health and life for the better. Running my own business on my terms. Challenge in finding work in my industry but can have plenty of opportunities with perseverance.
The challenges
Being highly motivating to clients. Showing empathy at all times. Being adaptable to a diverse audience. Knowledgeable and ready to help people with sensitivity and understanding.
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Nov 2018
Nutritionist is a super fulfilling and rewarding job when you have the real passion in this field
Reviewer's Qualification
Bsc nutrition (Hons)
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Marketing
The good things
-loads of healthy information you will learn from your study and job -very rewarding job where you can help people -public health is a tertiary intervention which has impact on mass scale of populatio...
The challenges
-require specific approach to motivate your patients - can be frustrating when you feel you are not able to assist behaviour changes -hiraechy in the healthcare system where doctors have the major own...
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Nov 2018
Nutrition has its challengs but is greatly rewarding
Reviewer's Qualification
Advanced Diploma of Nutritional Medicine
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Food Intolerances
The good things
I love helping people and the one on one aspect. The challenges can be in getting the client to make the move to come see you, but when they do it is very rewarding for all.
The challenges
Getting clients to book in sometimes, and you never know what a client will appear with. This can be a challenge on the spot, but there is so much you can do at base level without getting into detail ...
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Nov 2018
The field of'Nutrition is a fascinating and very rewarding career and way of life'
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Science (Nutrition and Food Sciences)
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
I'm self-employed
Specialisation
Carer
The good things
I volunteered as a Nutritionist for Nutrition Australia doing cooking demonstrations and speaking to groups about different aspects of nutrition. I also incorporated my Fitness qualification (Cert 3) ...
The challenges
The major challenge is to help people understand that they need to put into practice the wonderful knowledge and practical experience they receive, and to change/modify their eating habits. Generally ...
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Oct 2018
Being a nutritionist is great but career options are very limited.
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Health Science
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Retail assistant / nutrition consultant
The good things
The great thing about being a nutritionist is that you can help improve peoples health naturally and potentially improve their life. The best part is you can implement this knowledge (about health) in...
The challenges
Not all cases are easy. You deal with many different customer's with many different conditions but the challenge arises when they have a combination of illnesses. It's also challenging because each pe...
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Oct 2018
Nutrition can be an extremely rewarding job
Reviewer's Qualification
Master of Science
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Nutrition
The good things
As a nutritionist you meet many interesting people and you feel you are making a change for the better in their life
The challenges
many people do not comply with the nutrition plan
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Oct 2018
nutritionist/chef well balanced fantastic Jobs
Reviewer's Qualification
Advanced Diploma of Business Management
Experience
Less than a year
Organisation size
I'm self-employed
The good things
Diversity is an absolute key line of success being a nutritionist from; patient care, patient conditions, dietary requirements and the various interactions conducted, holding CPE credit ability makes ...
The challenges
Patient compliance can be a challenge and importance to adhere to nutritional professional care..
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Oct 2018
Clinical nutrition is not just about the nutrition
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Health Science (Nutrition)
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
The good things
I get to choose my area of specialisation, the hours I work and the types of clients I see. I'm my own boss and get to be the master of my own destiny.
The challenges
The number one challenge is building a business. As a clinician working in your own clinic, you are responsible for admin, finances, marketing, advertising, social media etc; its not just the clinica...
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Oct 2018
You never stop learning as a Nutritionist, and are constantly rewarded with seeing your clients succeed!
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Health Science (Nutrition)
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Digestive Disorders, Womens Health & Hormones and Mental Health
The good things
Some of the rewarding aspects of this job is the satisfaction of helping others and seeing their successes. The relationships built with clients aren't like any others and I wish for only the best for...
The challenges
Challenges are mainly due to my role as Director and Business Owner as well as practicing in clinic as a nutritionist. Maintaining boundaries to avoid burnout can be challenging. There are challenges ...
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Working hours for Nutritionists

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