Nutrition Professionals apply the science of human nutrition to assist people to attain better health and to help prevent and treat various illnesses and diseases.

A Bachelor Degree or higher is usually needed to work in this job. Nearly all workers have a university degree.

Tasks

  • planning diets and menus, and instructing people on the requirements and importance of diet and on the planning and preparation of food
  • supervising the preparation and serving of meals
  • collecting, organising and assessing data relating to health and nutritional status of individuals, groups and communities
  • monitoring food intake and quality to provide nutritional care
  • calculating nutritional values of food served
  • planning, conducting and evaluating nutrition intervention programs and compiling educational material
  • providing nutrition assessments, nutrition management, and nutrition education, research and training
  • consulting with other Health Professionals and related workers to manage the dietary and nutritional needs of patients

Job Titles

  • Dietitian
  • Nutritionist
  • Dietitian

    Applies the science of human nutrition to help people understand the relationship between food and health and make appropriate dietary choices to attain and maintain health, and to prevent and treat illness and disease.

  • Nutritionist

    Integrates, disseminates and applies knowledge drawn from the relevant sciences to enhance positive effects of food on the health and well-being of human populations.

Fast Facts

  • Avg. Weekly Pay

    $1,109 Before Tax
  • Future Growth

    very strong
  • Skill Level

    Bachelor Degree or higher
  • Employment Size

    6600
  • Unemployment

    below average
  • Male Share

    9.0%
  • Female Share

    91.0%
  • Full-Time Share

    53.3%

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This is a very small occupation employing 6600 workers. Over the past 5 years the number of jobs has grown strongly.
Very strong growth is expected in the future. New jobs and turnover from workers leaving may create between 5,001 and 10,000 job openings over the 5 years to 2020.

  • Nutrition Professionals work in most parts of Australia.
  • They nearly all work in Health Care and Social Assistance.
  • Part-time work is fairly common, but more than half work full-time. Full-time workers, on average, work 34.9 hours per week (compared to the all jobs average of 40 hours).
  • Average earnings for full-time workers are around $1,109 per week (similar to the all jobs average of $1,230). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
  • The workforce is fairly young. The average age is 31 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years).
  • More than 9 in 10 workers are female.
  • In 2016, the unemployment rate was below average.

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Employment trend data to November 2015 and Department of Employment projections to 2020.
YearNumber of Workers
20054300
20064000
20074700
20083000
20095200
20103900
20114800
20125100
20136300
20145200
20156600
20209000

Weekly Earnings

Full-time Earnings

All Jobs Average

Weekly Earnings (before tax)

Source: Based on ABS Characteristics of Employment survey, August 2015, Cat. No. 6333.0, Customised Report. Median earnings are before tax and do not include superannuation. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
EarningsNutrition ProfessionalsAll Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings11091230

Hours

Weekly Hours Worked

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Hours actually worked by people who usually work full-time, and share of employment by full-time and part-time status, for this job compared to the all jobs average.
CategoryNutrition ProfessionalsAll Jobs Average
Full-time53.368.4
Part-time46.731.6
Average Weekly Hours (full-time)34.940

Main Industries

Top Industries

Main Employing Industries (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Health Care and Social Assistance91.9
Arts and Recreation Services2.7
Financial and Insurance Services2.4
Retail Trade1.4
Other Industries1.6

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateNutrition ProfessionalsAll Jobs Average
NSW33.231.8
VIC32.625.5
QLD20.519.8
SA2.96.8
WA3.311.2
TAS3.52
NT2.41.1
ACT1.61.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketNutrition ProfessionalsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-193.6-5.45.4
20-241.5-9.99.9
25-3460.1-23.423.4
35-4412.6-21.721.7
45-548.9-21.121.1
55-598.6-8.78.7
60-643.4-5.95.9
65 and Over1.3-3.83.8

Gender

Male Share

Female Share

Gender (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Male and female share of employment in this job compared to the all jobs average.
CategoryNutrition ProfessionalsCategoryAll Jobs Average
Males9Males53.6
Females91Females46.4

Education Level

Top Education Levels

Highest Level of Education (% share)

No data is available for the selected graph for this Occupation.

A Bachelor Degree or higher is usually needed to work in this job. Nearly all workers have a university degree.

If you are interested in this style of work, there are a wide range of training options available that could lead to this or a similar job.
The pathway that is right for you will depend on your skills and interests.

It is a good idea to speak to industry bodies, employers, and workers to learn more about the skills and qualifications you will need.

Employers look for Nutrition Professionals who can communicate clearly with a diverse range of people, are caring and empathetic and can work well in a team.

Knowledge

The topics, subjects, or knowledge areas workers rate as most important are shown below.

  1. Customer and Personal Service

    86% Important

    Customer and personal services. This includes understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  2. Education and Training

    85% Important

    Teaching and course design.

  3. English Language

    84% Important

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  4. Biology

    83% Important

    Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.

  5. Medicine and Dentistry

    80% Important

    Diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.

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Activities

The work activities workers rate as most important are shown below.

  1. Getting Information

    94% Important

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  2. Building Good Relationships

    90% Important

    Building and keeping constructive and cooperative working relationships with others.

  3. Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Staff

    90% Important

    Giving information to supervisors, co-workers, and staff by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

  4. Performing for or Working Directly with the Public

    87% Important

    Performing for, or speaking with, the public. This includes speaking on television, serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.

  5. Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge

    87% Important

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

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