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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.

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.

What can I earn as a Nutritionist?

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

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, 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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Bachelor of Science

Nutrition And Food Science
Duration 1 yr - 9 yrs
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How do Nutritionists rate their role?

Latest reviews from 16 Nutritionists surveyed on SEEK

Latest reviews

5 out of 5
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...
5 out of 5
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.
4 out of 5
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...
4 out of 5
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 ...
5 out of 5
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Science (Nutrition and Food Sciences)
Experience
1 – 4 years
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 ...
3 out of 5
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...
4 out of 5
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
5 out of 5
Reviewer's Qualification
Advanced Diploma of Business Management
Experience
Less than a year
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..
4 out of 5
Reviewer's Qualification
Master of Nutrition and Dietetics
Experience
1 – 4 years
Specialisation
General nutrition advisor
The good things
It’s a very rewarding job as you help people make life changing steps and improve their health
The challenges
You rely heavily on patients showing up to appointments so job security is a big question
4 out of 5
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Health Science
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Integrative Dermatology
The good things
I love being at the forefront of research into integrative treatments for chronic skin disease and helping patients
The challenges
Steady income
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What are the job opportunities for Nutritionists?

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Projected job growth

National increase over next 5 years
17.6%
2018
2023
Source: LMIP. Nutrition Professionals
Latest Nutritionist jobs on SEEK
Integral Acupuncture
Brisbane > CBD & Inner Suburbs
Integral Acupuncture is seeking a qualified Naturopath/Nutritionist to expand its current services to the Tarraginidi and wider Brisbane community.
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Private Advertiser
Sunshine Coast
Health & Wellness Centre Administration Supervisor
Employment Office
Northern QLD
Are you a Dietitian looking for a new opportunity to develop your skills? Join this Aboriginal Health Service & explore the great Australian outback!
Coral Recruitment Solutions Pty Ltd
Brisbane > Northern Suburbs
Great opportunity for an experienced Dietitian or Nutritionist who is passionate about holistic care. Two days per week, multimodality clinic.
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