Dietitians and Nutritionists

Nutritionists share scientific food knowledge and advice the effects of diet and nutrition on health and wellbeing. They are experts in the use of food and nutrition to promote health and manage diseases.


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KEY SKILLS

  • Excellent interpersonal skills

  • Passionate about patient care

  • Should have good analytical skills to help create new diet plans

  • Should be able to empathise and be approachable with a patient

  • Confident about their knowledge and ability

  • Detail Oriented

  • Good at business administration if starting a private practice

  • Time management 

  • IT skills 

  • Good collaborative skills

PROS

  • Stable and sought after career

  • Freelance work possible

  • Good job option for those passionate about health, nutrition and food

CONS

  • Education is expensive

  • Long hours depending on job setting

  • Business management can be difficult if you start your own practice

  • Highly competitive

  • Emotionally and physically demanding

  • Clients can be a challenge to work with if they are not reciprocative

OPPORTUNITY TYPES

GOT WHAT IT TAKES?

  • Hospitals

  • Private Practice

  • Academia

  • Food Industry

  • Have a thirst for knowledge and research regarding food science

  • Passionate about improving a patient's health

  • A strong communicator and collaborator

  • Need to be able to empathise with the patients

  • Innovative in order to make new nutrition plans and customize it per patient

KEY OPPORTUNITIES

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Interesting Facts about the career

  • A 355ml can of soda can contain 10-12 teaspoons of sugar

  • Vitamin comes from the latin word 'vita' (life) and 'amine' because vitamins were thought to contain amino acids.

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