Nutritionist - Job Description, Duties, Education, Skills, Salary, & Growth

Nutritionist

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Job Description

 

Nutritionists and dietitians are similar, but different by credentials. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) doesn't nationally recognize registered dietitian nutritionists (RDN), but they have introduced the RDN designation and the position is recognized on the state level where they need a license.

Like dietitians, nutritionists are experts in food and nutrition. Their main function is to help patients lose weight and live healthier.

They help patients choose the right food, plan menus, and advise them on the health effects of certain foods.

Nutritionists frequently work closely with individuals who have medical issues, such as those with diabetes or those undergoing chemotherapy, to help them find the right foods to eat for their best possible health.

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Responsibilities

 

Nutritionists help their clients stay focused on losing weight and becoming healthy. They encourage them while discussing the pros and cons of their diet and exercise.

The list of responsibilities is long for a RDN and a lot of them are similar to a dietician. Here are some of their duties:

  • Discuss the pros and cons of specific diets and foods

  • May test for specific food allergies or autoimmune disorders such as celiac disease (gluten intolerance)

  • Assess patient’s current dietary habits and needs

  • Educate about healthy eating habits

  • Ensure the menus are working

  • Document a patient’s progress

  • Speak to groups about good nutrition health through food

  • Develop individualized meal plans

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Skills

 

Communication Must be able to clearly explain treatment paths and information about diet and nutrition to patients. Must correspond with other healthcare professionals if necessary for their patients. 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing patient to make sure they are responding well to diets and make improvements or take corrective action when necessary. 
Critical Thinking Must use logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Detail Oriented  Must be able to pinpoint small details about a nutrition plan that doesn't work or that needs to be improved. 
Complex Problem Solving Must be able to identify complex problems with nutrition or diet, and develop and evaluate corrective options and implement solutions. 
Empathy Must be able to empathize with a patient's pain and difficulties. Need to make people feel comfortable and meet them at their emotional level to humanize themselves. Work with many people who are sensitive about their body image. 
Science Must know all about the human body and interactions it has with it's environment. Must know chemicals and reactions to foods and allergies that could arise. 
Troubleshooting Must be able to hypothesize and test different meal plans that could work for different patients and make corrections as necessary. 
Patience Must be patient with clients who have a hard time responding to treatment plans and who fall back into old habits. 

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Working Conditions

 

Nutritionists can in various settings. Many work as self-employed entrepreneurs, as well as in hospitals, clinics, schools and a variety of holistic and alternative medicine environments.

Depending on education, nutritionists can be in high demand in food and health-related businesses and work with high-end clients and sports groups. 

They usually work typical work hours and schedules. They don't need to be on-call or work nights, weekends, or holidays, unless their clients explicitly want them to work with them during these times; then it's up to the nutritionist to build their schedules.  

 

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Salary Outlook

Title Company Location Posted
07.28.2017
JOB PURPOSE OR MISSION: Manages physician ordered therapeutic diets, conducts nutrition assessments, and provides nutritional care education to patients. Performs job for the age population served, as defined in the departments scope of service....
07.28.2017
Nutritionist I Apply Refer a Friend Back Category: Allied Health Location: Somerville, MA Department: WIC Employment Type: Per Diem Work Days: 8 hr shift, 8:30-5 most days, some weekends/evenings Hours/Week: 0 Date...
07.10.2017
Job Req ID: 138896 Position Number: 00160364 Employment Type: PRN Shift: Variable/On Call Shift Details : Variable days, 7:30-4PM, some holidays and weekends Standard Hours:  4.00 Department Name:...
06.15.2017
Job Req ID: 131821 Position Number: 00160368 Employment Type: PRN Shift: Variable/On Call Shift Details : All shifts-As needed Standard Hours:  4.00 Department Name: Dietary Services-Patient...
05.24.2017
Job Req ID: 134965 Position Number: 00135105 Employment Type: Part Time Shift: Variable/On Call Shift Details : Variable, weekdays and weekends. 7:30-4. Standard Hours:  16.00 Department Name: Dietary...
12.08.2016
Job Req ID: 119260 Position Number: 00160364 Employment Type: PRN Shift: Variable/On Call Shift Details : Standard Hours:  4.00 Department Name: Dietary Services-Patient Location: CHS...
07.20.2017
Job Req ID: 138998 Position Number: 00123350 Employment Type: Full Time Shift: Variable/On Call Shift Details : 8:00 to 5:00 Monday - Thursday and Friday 8:00 - 12:00 Noon Standard Hours:  36.00...
04.11.2017
Job Req ID: 130630 Position Number: 00146751 Employment Type: Full Time Shift: Variable/On Call Shift Details : Monday- Friday, 7:30am- 4pm Standard Hours:  40.00 Department Name: Dietary...
07.25.2017
Job Req ID: 135467 Position Number: 00160363 Employment Type: Part Time Shift: Variable/On Call Shift Details : Standard Hours:  4.00 Department Name: Dietary Services-Patient Location: CHS...
06.27.2017
Job Req ID: 137497 Position Number: 00142148 Employment Type: Full Time Shift: Variable/On Call Shift Details : Standard Hours:  40.00 Department Name: Dietary Services-Patient Location: CHS...
07.18.2017
Job Req ID: 139812 Position Number: 00129607 Employment Type: Full Time Shift: Day Shift Details : Typical hours are 8:00am-4:30pm on Mon-Fri. It will also be included in our weekend and holiday rota Standard...
04.25.2017
Job Req ID: 132308 Position Number: 00160369 Employment Type: Part Time Shift: Variable/On Call Shift Details : Standard Hours:  4.00 Department Name: Dietary Services-Patient Location: CHS...
07.26.2017
EAMC IS SEEKING A CLINICAL DIETITIAN Provides safe therapeutic nutritional care in a comprehensive systematic way. Integrates knowledge, skills and experiences to meet the needs of patients and families throughout the continuum. Utilizes...
07.26.2017
Under the direction of the Chief Clinical Dietitian this position is responsible for nutrition assessment, care planning, monitoring, education and counseling of hospitalized patients and outpatients in a variety of settings. Assist Director in...
07.28.2017
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    JOB PURPOSE OR MISSION: Manages physician ordered therapeutic diets, conducts nutrition assessments, and provides nutritional care education to patients. Performs job for the age population served, as defined in the departments scope of service....
  2. Nutritionist I Cambridge, MA Cambridge Health Alliance
    Nutritionist I Apply Refer a Friend Back Category: Allied Health Location: Somerville, MA Department: WIC Employment Type: Per Diem Work Days: 8 hr shift, 8:30-5 most days, some weekends/evenings Hours/Week: 0 Date...
  3. Dietitian Nutritionist/CMC Main-PRN Charlotte, NC Carolinas HealthCare System
    Job Req ID: 138896 Position Number: 00160364 Employment Type: PRN Shift: Variable/On Call Shift Details : Variable days, 7:30-4PM, some holidays and weekends Standard Hours:  4.00 Department Name:...
  4. Dietitian Nutritionist/CHS Northeast-PRN Charlotte, NC Carolinas HealthCare System
    Job Req ID: 131821 Position Number: 00160368 Employment Type: PRN Shift: Variable/On Call Shift Details : All shifts-As needed Standard Hours:  4.00 Department Name: Dietary Services-Patient...
  5. Dietitian Nutritionist/CMC Main-PT Charlotte, NC Carolinas HealthCare System
    Job Req ID: 134965 Position Number: 00135105 Employment Type: Part Time Shift: Variable/On Call Shift Details : Variable, weekdays and weekends. 7:30-4. Standard Hours:  16.00 Department Name: Dietary...
  6. Dietitian Nutritionist PRN CHS Stanly Manor Charlotte, NC Carolinas HealthCare System
    Job Req ID: 119260 Position Number: 00160364 Employment Type: PRN Shift: Variable/On Call Shift Details : Standard Hours:  4.00 Department Name: Dietary Services-Patient Location: CHS...
  7. Dietitian Nutritionist/Carolinas Weight Loss Surgery/FT Charlotte, NC Carolinas HealthCare System
    Job Req ID: 138998 Position Number: 00123350 Employment Type: Full Time Shift: Variable/On Call Shift Details : 8:00 to 5:00 Monday - Thursday and Friday 8:00 - 12:00 Noon Standard Hours:  36.00...
  8. Dietitian Nutritionist/CHS Anson/FT Days Charlotte, NC Carolinas HealthCare System
    Job Req ID: 130630 Position Number: 00146751 Employment Type: Full Time Shift: Variable/On Call Shift Details : Monday- Friday, 7:30am- 4pm Standard Hours:  40.00 Department Name: Dietary...
  9. Dietitian Nutritionist/CHS Union/Dietary/PRN Charlotte, NC Carolinas HealthCare System
    Job Req ID: 135467 Position Number: 00160363 Employment Type: Part Time Shift: Variable/On Call Shift Details : Standard Hours:  4.00 Department Name: Dietary Services-Patient Location: CHS...
  10. Dietitian Nutritionist/Jesse Helms Nursing Center/FT Charlotte, NC Carolinas HealthCare System
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  11. Dietitian Nutritionist/Inpatient & Outpatient Pediatric/CMC Main-FT Charlotte, NC Carolinas HealthCare System
    Job Req ID: 139812 Position Number: 00129607 Employment Type: Full Time Shift: Day Shift Details : Typical hours are 8:00am-4:30pm on Mon-Fri. It will also be included in our weekend and holiday rota Standard...
  12. Dietitian Nutritionist (PRN) - 1st shift, variable hours 8:00-4:30 - CHS Lincoln Charlotte, NC Carolinas HealthCare System
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  13. CLINICAL DIETITIAN - CLINICAL NUTRITION Opelika, AL East Alabama Medical Center
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