What does an accredited nutritionist do?
An accredited nutritionist has the responsibility of advising clients on structured diet and exercise plans aimed at improving their health and wellbeing. Accredited nutritionists also liaise with health care professionals regarding the needs of a client in order to properly monitor their progress and ensure existing health conditions are considered. Administration work is required to maintain up-to-date client records. Duties include scheduling appointments, invoicing clients, filing and records management. Accredited nutritionists can work in hospitals, homes, government organisations, or in private practice.
- Consult clients on eating and exercise plans
- Monitor progress of clients’ health
- Conduct research in nutrition
- Structure educational programs promoting healthy lifestyles
- Maintaining records
What skills do I need to be an accredited nutritionist?
Working in nutrition often involves face-to-face consultations, so strong customer service skills are beneficial in effectively communicating with a patient. A passion for helping people change their lifestyles to improve their mental and physical health, will make working as an accredited nutritionist a rewarding and challenging career. Your enthusiasm for healthy living will encourage your clients to persevere and push themselves to achieve their health goals. You should be comfortable with scientific research and analysis methods if you wish to work in nutrition research, however all nutritionists should be skilled at interpreting and using scientific data in their work.
- Good rapport with clients
- Excellent problem solving skills
- Enthusiasm for helping others
- Comfortable with scientific research
- Organised and attentive
A background in nutritional science has wide-ranging applications across the health sector, including sports science, counselling and scientific research. In addition to understanding nutritional principles, the skills developed in helping people can be further utilised and advanced in a number of varied people-facing roles.
Weight loss counsellor
Environmental health officer
Study pathways for accredited nutritionists
In order to work as an accredited nutritionist in Australia, you must complete a course recognised by the Nutrition Society of Australia (NSA), Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) or Sports Dietitians Australia (SDA).
Gain essential knowledge and build your skills in the field of nutrition
Develop an understanding of the role and responsibilities of a nutritionist
Work towards your career goals with recognised study options
Joining a professional association may help you find more employment opportunities, raising your profile within the industry
Getting a job after graduation
Put your training to good use and get the best professional head start in your nutrition career. Emphasise your personal strengths and achievements in your resume and target your cover letter to the job description listed.
Job Prospects and Salaries
There is expected to be very strong employment growth in nutrition over the next five years, building on previous growth in the health and wellness sector.