Dietitians and nutritionists (NOC 3132)

About this job

Dietitians and nutritionists plan, implement and oversee nutrition and food service programs.

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People in this occupation:

  • work in a variety of settings including hospitals, home health-care agencies, extended care facilities, community health centres, the food and beverage industry, the pharmaceutical industry, educational institutions, sports organizations and government
  • may work as private consultants
Common job titles
  • consultant, nutrition
  • dietician
  • dietitian - nutritionist
  • Professional dietitian
  • RD (registered dietitian)
  • RDN (registered dietitian-nutritionist)
  • consultant, nutrition
  • dietician
  • dietitian - nutritionist
  • dietitian, clinical / community
  • nutritionist, clinical / community
  • Professional dietitian

Duties

Dietitians and nutritionists:

  • develop, manage and supervise nutrition and food preparation and service programs in hospitals, nursing homes, schools, company cafeterias or similar settings
  • evaluate nutritional status of individuals
  • provide nutrition counselling and consulting to health professionals, dietetic interns, community groups, government, media and individuals
  • help to prevent and/or treat poor nutrition
  • plan, review and run nutrition education programs
  • develop educational materials for various audiences
  • practice on an individual basis or as a member of an mixed professional team to decide the nutritional needs of patients and to plan normal and therapeutic menus
  • study and analyze current scientific nutritional studies
  • do research to improve the nutritional value, taste, appearance and preparation of food
  • work within industry in the development, testing and evaluation, and marketing of food and nutrition products
  • work as a company representative supplying product-related information to health professionals
  • speak with other health professionals, community groups, government and the media to give a range of nutrition information
  • supervise training of dietetic interns

Special duties

Dietitians and nutritionists may specialize in areas such as administrative dietetics, clinical dietetics, community dietetics, public health dietetics or research dietetics.

Work environment

Key aspects of the work in this occupation:

  • Work generally takes place in a conventional indoor environment.

Career paths and resources

Career paths

Dietitians and nutritionists may progress to management positions through additional experience.

Additional resources