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.

    You usually need a bachelor degree in nutrition or dietetics to work as a Nutrition Professional. Many Nutrition Professionals complete postgraduate studies.

    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

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    • $1,992 Weekly Pay
    • Very strong Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment
    • 7,500 workers Employment Size
    • Very high skill Skill level rating
    • 51% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 42 hours Average full-time
    • 34 years Average age
    • 94% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Nutrition Professionals (in their main job) is about the same as 5 years ago and is expected to grow very strongly over the next 5 years:
    from 7,500 in 2018 to 8,900 by 2023.
    Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
    There are likely to be around 5,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 1,000 a year).

    • Size: This is a small occupation.
    • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2018.
    • Location: Nutrition Professionals work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in Health Care and Social Assistance; Public Administration and Safety; and Education and Training.
    • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $1,992 per week (higher than the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
    • Full-time: Around half work full-time (51%, less than the average of 66%), showing there are many opportunities to work part-time.
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 42 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 34 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 94% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

    Employment Outlook

    Number of Workers

    Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2018 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2023.
    YearNumber of Workers
    20084300
    20092800
    20105900
    20113700
    20124600
    20137600
    20145100
    20155800
    20166100
    20179700
    20187500
    20238900

    Weekly Earnings

    Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

    Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours (cat. no. 6306.0), May 2018, Customised Report. Median weekly total cash earnings for full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate. Earnings are before tax and include amounts salary sacrificed. 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 Earnings19921460

    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Health Care and Social Assistance81.1
    Public Administration and Safety4.5
    Education and Training3.7
    Retail Trade3.3
    Other Industries7.4

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateNutrition ProfessionalsAll Jobs Average
    NSW33.931.6
    VIC25.325.6
    QLD21.420.0
    SA5.87.0
    WA8.610.8
    TAS1.72.0
    NT1.31.0
    ACT2.11.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketNutrition ProfessionalsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.1-5.05.0
    20-247.2-9.39.3
    25-3445.3-22.922.9
    35-4424.5-22.022.0
    45-5414.1-21.621.6
    55-594.6-9.09.0
    60-642.6-6.06.0
    65 and Over1.6-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationNutrition ProfessionalsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate46.5-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree46.7-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma4.1-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV1.1-21.121.1
    Year 121.4-18.118.1
    Year 110.1-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below0.2-12.512.5

    You usually need a bachelor degree in nutrition or dietetics to work as a Nutrition Professional. Many Nutrition Professionals complete postgraduate studies.

    Membership with the Dietitians Association of Australia and the the Nutrition Society of Australia may be useful.

    Checks, licences and tickets

    You may need:

    • national police check
    • working with children check
    • first aid certificate
    • be up to date with immunisations

    Thinking about study or training?

    Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

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    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.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Education and Training

      78% Skill level

      Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

    2. Customer and Personal Service

      76% Skill level

      Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

    3. Psychology

      68% Skill level

      Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

    4. Therapy and Counseling

      64% Skill level

      Diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and career counselling and guidance.

    5. English Language

      62% Skill level

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

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    The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 29-1031.00 - Dietitians and Nutritionists.

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    Demands

    The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

    1. Electronic Mail

      100% Important

      How often do you use electronic mail?

    2. Face-to-Face Discussions

      98% Important

      How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

    3. Telephone

      98% Important

      How often do you talk on the telephone?

    4. Indoors, Heat Controlled

      92% Important

      How often do you work indoors with access to heating or cooling?

    5. Freedom to Make Decisions

      91% Important

      How much freedom do you have to make decision on your own?

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    The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 29-1031.00 - Dietitians and Nutritionists.

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