Dietitian

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    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.

     

    Duties

    • 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

     

    Qualifications

    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.

     

    Skills

    • 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.

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