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.
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.
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.