Dietitians apply the art and science of human nutrition to help people understand the relationship between food and health, make healthy dietary choices, and prevent and treat illness and disease.
Duties & Tasks
Dietitians may perform the following tasks:
- collect, organise and assess data relating to the health and nutritional status of individuals, groups and communities
- interpret and communicate scientific information, advice, education and professional opinion to individuals, groups and communities
- manage nutrition care for individuals by planning appropriate diets and menus
- educate people about their individual nutritional needs and methods of accessing and preparing their food
- manage food service systems to provide safe and nutritious food by designing nutritionally appropriate menus and implementing nutrition policies
- plan, evaluate and implement nutrition programmes with individuals, groups or communities as part of a team (this may be in a community health, public health or food industry setting)
- conduct food-related and nutrition-related research and evaluate practice.
Dietitians generally have a high level of contact with the public.
- interest in food, nutrition and health
- good communication skills
- good analytical skills
- good organisational skills
- able to take initiative
- able to work effectively with people
- aptitude for science.