What does a nutritionist do?
Nutritionists provide information to help clients improve their diets, and will identify any deficiencies and implement strategies to encourage healthier eating habits. By identifying what a client’s health goals are, nutritionists can create tailored nutrition programs to help clients achieve weight loss and achieve a more balanced diet. Nutritionists will also monitor their clients eating habits and make notes on the effectiveness of their eating plans.
- Provide nutritional information and advice to clients
- Plan diets that are tailored to a client’s needs
- Monitor and record a client’s progress
- Identify any dietary deficiencies a client suffers from
- Liaise with other allied health professionals
What skills do I need to be a nutritionist?
Being a nutritionist demands immaculate conversational and listening skills. A nutritionist must be able to listen to and interpret the needs of clients whilst also being articulate in implementing the strategies they plan. Nutritionists should also have a natural aptitude for science, be able to work with numbers and have an appreciation for research.
- Aptitude for science
- Good communication skills
- Interest and passion for encouraging healthy lifestyles
- Have a love for food and it’s benefits
You can tailor your specialisation to your own personal interests and needs.
Dietitians are accredited health practitioners that specialise in the interrelationship between food and the human body. Dietitians have a thorough understanding of the way different foods effect the human body and apply this knowledge to provide advice to the sick population.
Study pathways for nutritionists
There are a number of courses designed to give you the knowledge and skills you require to become a nutritionist. Choosing the right one for you depends on your existing qualifications, and what areas most interest you.
Select a course that will get you on your way.
Learn industry related skills and knowledge whilst you study.
With the right accreditations you can build your standing within the allied health industry.
You can apply for membership with a range of nutrition peak bodies to give your career a boost.
Getting a job after graduation
Put your training to good use and get the best professional head start in your allied health career. Emphasise your personal strengths and achievements in your resume and target your cover letter to nutritionist jobs.
Job Prospects and Salaries
The forecasted growth over the next few years within the field of nutrition is in line with current health and fitness trends.