Nutritionist Job Overview
Employees in nutritionist jobs can have responsibilities that vary from employer to employer. Typically, however, nutritionists are primarily responsible for the development, administration and supervision of nutrition. They are frequently employed at hospitals, long-term care facilities, schools and company cafeterias. Often their duties include evaluating the nutritional status of clients or patients and providing nutrition counselling. The nature of this work usually requires nutritionists to collaborate closely with other professionals, such as doctors, government officials or other dietetic professionals.
There is a great deal of flexibility in job prospects for nutritionists. They may practice as individuals or on the staff of an interdisciplinary team. While many nutritionists work directly with patients and clients, others conduct research to improve nutritional value and preparation techniques of food. Nutritionists may also be called upon to collaborate with other health care professionals, community organizations or government and media agencies to provide consultation and advice about nutrition. This can also include working within the industry to develop, test and market food and nutrition products.
Nutritionist Job Education Requirements
Job seekers looking to be hired in nutritionist jobs are required to have university degrees in dietetics, nutrition, food and nutritional science, biochemistry or another related field. Additionally, several months of supervised on-the-job training is also mandatory. In Alberta, Quebec, British Columbia and New Brunswick, nutritionists must register with a regulatory body such as the national association, Dieticians of Canada.
Nutritionist Job Market
In 2012, over 30,000 workers were employed as Dieticians and nutritionists, and 77 percent of these employees worked in the health care and social assistance industries. About 20 percent of nutritionists consider themselves to be self-employed. During the period of 2011 to 2020, job openings are expected to increase due to retirement primarily, but industry expansion is also expected to contribute to this increase. Nutritionists may also find job opportunities in retail trade, public administration and educational industries.
Nutritionist Job Salary Information
The median hourly rate for nutritionists is currently C$19.00, and a nutritionist can earn between C$26,000 and C$73,000 annually. While the national average salary is C$40,000, in 2014, nutritionists in Toronto and Montreal made an average of 7 percent and 3 percent more respectively. Entry-level nutritionists earned an average of 11 percent less than the average annual salary, however, experienced workers could make as much as 46 percent more than the national average.