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

    A bachelor degree in dietetics is needed to work as a Dietitian. Many Dietitians complete postgraduate studies.

    Tasks

    • Plans diets and menus, and instructs people on the requirements and importance of diet and on the planning and preparation of food.
    • Supervises the preparation and serving of meals.
    • Collects, organises and assesses data relating to health and nutritional status of individuals, groups and communities.
    • Monitors food intake and quality to provide nutritional care.
    • Calculates nutritional values of food served.
    • Plans, conducts and evaluates nutrition intervention programs and compiles educational material.
    • Provides nutrition assessments, nutrition management, and nutrition education, research and training.
    • Consults with other health professionals and related workers to manage the dietary and nutritional needs of patients.

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    All Nutrition Professionals

    • $1,992 Weekly Pay
    • Very strong Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment

    Dietitians

    • 4,000 workers Employment Size
    • Very high skill Skill level rating
    • 51% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 41 hours Average full-time
    • 33 years Average age
    • 95% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Dietitians (in their main job) grew strongly over 5 years:
    from 3,700 in 2011 to 4,000 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Dietitians work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in Health Care and Social Assistance; Public Administration and Safety; and Education and Training.
    • 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 41 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 33 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 95% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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    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 Assistance86.6
    Public Administration and Safety4.5
    Education and Training3.0
    Other Services1.3
    Other Industries4.6

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateDietitiansAll Jobs Average
    NSW33.131.6
    VIC25.825.6
    QLD21.120.0
    SA6.57.0
    WA8.610.8
    TAS1.62.0
    NT1.21.0
    ACT2.21.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketDietitiansAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.1-5.05.0
    20-246.6-9.39.3
    25-3447.2-22.922.9
    35-4424.6-22.022.0
    45-5413.3-21.621.6
    55-594.3-9.09.0
    60-642.4-6.06.0
    65 and Over1.5-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS, 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 QualificationDietitiansAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate51.7-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree45.4-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma1.2-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV0.7-21.121.1
    Year 121.0-18.118.1
    Year 110.0-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below0.0-12.512.5

    A bachelor degree in dietetics is needed to work as a Dietitian. Many Dietitians complete postgraduate studies.

    You must also be registered with the Dietitians Association of Australia.

    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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    Demands

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    1. Electronic Mail

      100% Important

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    2. Face-to-Face Discussions

      98% Important

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    3. Telephone

      98% Important

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    4. Indoors, Heat Controlled

      92% Important

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    5. Freedom to Make Decisions

      91% Important

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

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