Dietitians promote good dietary health and treat medical conditions by devising eating plans for patients based on the science of nutrition.
As a dietitian you’ll translate scientific information about nutrition into practical advice to help people make health-conscious decisions about food. You’ll assess, diagnose and treat diet-related problems and aim to raise awareness of the link between food and health to prevent future problems.
Employers of Dietitians
- health institutions;
- education and research;
- the food industry and food and drink manufacturers;
- the media;
- the pharmaceutical industry;
- public health;
- sports nutrition;
- government and non-governmental organizations (NGOs);
- trade associations and promotional groups.
- providing health advice and promoting healthy eating
- helping people come to terms with their illnesses
- advising about special diets
- making presentations
- writing reports
- educating health professionals and the public about nutrition
- establishing and addressing key health needs
- helping to facilitate dietary changes
- working as part of a multidisciplinary team
- supporting the work of other healthcare professionals
You can only become a dietitian with a good honours degree in nutrition or dietetics, or alternatively a life sciences degree that incorporates human physiology and biochemistry.
- an interest in and knowledge of the scientific aspects of food;
- strong verbal and written communication skills;
- excellent interpersonal skills to help promote healthy food choices;
- the ability to explain complex ideas simply;
- an interest in working in a care-based setting;
- a positive attitude and the ability to motivate others;
- understanding and tact to deal with sensitive issues;
- a willingness to keep up to date with current nutrition information and research.