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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.

What can I earn as a Nutritionist?

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The most common annual salary in AUS for a Nutritionist is between $65k and $75k

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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
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
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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What are the job opportunities for Nutritionists?

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