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Dietitians & Nutritionists

Also called: Clinical Dietitian, Dietitian, Nutritionist, Registered Dietitian

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What they do:
Plan and conduct food service or nutritional programs to assist in the promotion of health and control of disease. May supervise activities of a department providing quantity food services, counsel individuals, or conduct nutritional research.
On the job, you would:
  • Assess nutritional needs, diet restrictions, and current health plans to develop and implement dietary-care plans and provide nutritional counseling.
  • Evaluate laboratory tests in preparing nutrition recommendations.
  • Counsel individuals and groups on basic rules of good nutrition, healthy eating habits, and nutrition monitoring to improve their quality of life.

Knowledge

Math and Science
  • biology
  • psychology
Health
  • medicine and dentistry
  • therapy and counseling
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Business
  • customer service

Skills

Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • reading work related information
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
Social
  • understanding people's reactions
  • looking for ways to help people

Abilities

Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • communicate by writing
Ideas and Logic
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • notice when problems happen
Math
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Integrity
  • Concern for Others
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Cooperation
  • Analytical Thinking

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Office suite software
  • Google Drive Hot Technology
  • Microsoft Office Hot Technology
Desktop communications software
  • Skype
Analytical or scientific software
  • Axxya Systems Nutritionist Pro
  • Monash University Low FODMAP Diet App

Education

Education: (rated 5 of 5)
certificate after college or
master's degree
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Bright Outlook
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.
Salary
$63,090
$39,840
$90,000
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