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Dietitian

Become a qualified expert in diet, nutrition and health and provide guidance to people of all ages.

What's it like to be a Dietitian?

Dietitians are qualified healthcare specialists who specialise in the field of human nutrition, with a focus on the relationship between food and health. Dietitians undertake mandatory tertiary study and are experts in dietetics, using this knowledge to provide people of all ages with guidance on how to manage their diet, reduce risk of illness and improve their health.

Tasks and duties

  • Planning diets and menus and providing guidance on the functional requirements and importance of diet and on the planning and preparation of food.
  • Collecting, organising and assessing relevant health and nutrition data.
  • Planning and implementing regular nutrition assessments and intervention programs.
  • Monitoring food intake and quality against diet plan.
  • Consulting with other Health Professionals and related workers to manage the dietary and nutritional needs of patients.
Dietitians work in a wide range of health organisations including public and private hospitals, aged care, mental health facilities, fitness centres, private health practices and community health centres. Dietitians also provide consultation to government and non-government organisations in order to inform public health policy and food standards.

What can I earn as a Dietitian?

The most common salary  for a Dietitian is between $65k and $75k
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How to become a Dietitian

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To become an accredited Dietitian in Australia, you need to complete an accredited University degree in Nutrition and Dietetics, including one to two years of master’s level study.
  1. Complete a postgraduate Master of Dietetics.
  2. After completing your study, you need to gain Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) accreditation via a 1 year supervised Provisional Program accredited by the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA), including mandatory Continued Professional Development (CPD).Once APD accreditation is achieved, complete the minimum 30 hours CPD to renew your APD accreditation each year.

Explore dietetics qualifications

Get started on your path to becoming an accredited Dietitian with a bachelor degree.

Duration 4 yrs
3 institutions offering this qualification
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How do Dietitians rate their role?

Latest reviews from 11 Dietitians surveyed on SEEK

Latest reviews

5 out of 5Dec 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Master of Nutrition and Dietetics
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Oncology
The good things
Getting to use your skills and knowledge everyday to help people is very rewarding. The hours are great and in a hospital setting you are very well supported.
The challenges
It can be tough going for the first couple of years as there are limited jobs and often you have to relocate. The are more jobs in private practice but less support (in my experience).
4 out of 5Nov 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics
Experience
Less than a year
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
clinical dietitian
The good things
From a clinical perspective, you are able to help people and in particular a vulnerable population. If you care about people and being able to help them this is great. A lot of patients are really nic...
The challenges
From a clinical perspective, there are challenges when patients do not want to participate in talking and answering your questions but this is not very common. The difficult patients can also go on ta...
1 out of 5Nov 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics
Experience
1 – 4 years
Specialisation
Dietitian
The good things
The job itself can be very rewarding and fulfilling as the focus is centred around improving others health and wellbeing. Working in private practice and owning my own business means that I can pick a...
The challenges
There are many challenges with being a dietitian and they mostly are centred around job security. Dietetics are poorly funded in all sectors so there are less job opportunities in a market that is hig...
5 out of 5Nov 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
The good things
The great thing about being a dietitian is the many facets of the career you can explore - private practice, clinical dietetics, community health and food service. If you choose to go into private pra...
The challenges
The main challenges are choosing and refining your area of expertise, in order to make yourself stand out from others. It’s also necessary to advocate for your profession and services at times, but th...
5 out of 5Nov 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Master of Nutrition and Dietetics
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Dietitian
The good things
Health is very important across the life span. I have the opportunity to improve the quality of people’s mental and physical well being.
The challenges
Regular work and appropriate pay
5 out of 5Nov 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Science (Honours)
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Allergy and intolerance
The good things
Working with people towards their health goals is rewarding. Critical thinking, problem solving, and a diverse range of roles and responsibilities, always keeps it interesting.
The challenges
Not a lot of hospital roles available, so many new graduates working in private practice, without the proper support networks.
2 out of 5Nov 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Private Practice
The good things
It is very rewarding assisting clients in achieving their health goals
The challenges
Job security and consistent consultations are difficult to achieve. In private practice their are often many cancellations and no shows to appointments making it difficult to achieve a sustainable wag...
3 out of 5Nov 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Community Health
The good things
-Opportunity to work with my client and their family -Management of a diverse clinical workload -Good working hours
The challenges
-Job security -Limited support/funding to do research
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What are the job opportunities for Dietitians?

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Job opportunities

Dietitian jobs on SEEK
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Projected job growth

National increase over next 5 years
17.6%
2018
2023
Source: LMIP. Nutrition Professionals
Latest Dietitian jobs on SEEK
Bendigo Health Care Group
Bendigo, Goldfields & Macedon Ranges
At Bendigo Health we provide the highest quality patient care by placing the needs of our patients, families and communities first.
Dietcare Mackay
Mackay & Coalfields
Maternity leave role for 17th June 2019-13th January 2020. With the possibility of extension. Full time position in private practice.
Chandler Macleod Group
Wollongong, Illawarra & South Coast
Dietitian - South Coast / Eden
PhysiCo City Physio
Sydney > CBD, Inner West & Eastern Suburbs
Part time Dietitian role available in an established Sydney CBD clinic. Client focus on Weight Management and chronic disease.
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