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

  • $1,109 Weekly Pay
  • 7,500 workers Employment Size
  • Very strong Future Growth
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment
  • 52.4% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 34.1 hours Average full-time
  • 32 years Average age
  • 97.4% female Gender Share

The number of Nutrition Professionals 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 2017.
  • Location: Nutrition Professionals work in most regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Health Care and Social Assistance; Public Administration and Safety; and Manufacturing.
  • Earnings: Full-time workers earn 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.
  • Full-time: More than half work full-time (52.4%, similar to the all jobs average of 68.4%), but there are many opportunities to work part-time.
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 34.1 hours per week at work (compared to the all jobs average of 40.0 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 32 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 97.4% of workers are female (compared to the all jobs average of 46.7%).

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 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

Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, 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 Assistance81.6
Public Administration and Safety8.1
Manufacturing4.8
Education and Training3.1
Other Industries2.4

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 2017, 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
NSW24.431.6
VIC28.226.2
QLD29.419.7
SA3.16.7
WA10.410.8
TAS3.02.0
NT1.51.1
ACT0.01.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, 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
15-190.0-5.25.2
20-2414.7-9.99.9
25-3445.2-23.623.6
35-4414.8-21.721.7
45-5415.0-20.820.8
55-595.5-8.88.8
60-642.5-6.06.0
65 and Over2.2-4.04.0

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

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

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.

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  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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The 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.

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  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.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The 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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