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
06.26.2019
Provides nutrition care to high-risk women, infants and children under the supervision of the senior nutritionist, including all aspects of: anthropometric and hematological data collection dietary assessment/nutritional risk assessment and food...
06.26.2019
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....
04.12.2019
The Clinical Dietitian Nutritionist provides comprehensive nutrition care to inpatient and ambulatory patients through effective screening, assessment, counseling, and care management. Plans, organizes and coordinates education and programs to...
06.26.2019
PositionSummary: Community Nutritionists provide medical nutrition therapy to outpatients, prepare and present nutrition programs and provide community outreach at health fairs and other events. Primary Position Responsibilities: Medical...
06.12.2019
Job Req ID: 198651 Position Number: 00148678 Employment Type: Full Time Shift: Variable/On Call Shift Details : 8a-4:30p, Every 5th weekend and rotating holidays Standard Hours:  40.00 Department Name:...
06.26.2019
Job Req ID: 199728 Position Number: 00135075 Employment Type: Full Time Shift: Variable/On Call Shift Details : Monday-Friday, 8:00am- 4:30pm, some weekends and holidays Standard Hours:  40.00 Department...
05.03.2019
Job Req ID: 195118 Position Number: 00160400 Employment Type: Part Time Shift: Variable/On Call Shift Details : PRN days as needed Standard Hours:  4.00 Department Name: Clinical Nutrition...
06.14.2019
Duke University Hospital is consistently rated as one of the best in the United States and is known around the world for its outstanding care and groundbreaking research. Duke University Hospital has 957 inpatient beds and offers comprehensive...
06.26.2019
Job ID 85610 Full / Part Time: Full-Time Location: Springfield, Massachusetts Regular/Temporary: Regular About Baystate Health Baystate Health, a leading not-for-profit integrated health system, is transforming the delivery of health care...
06.26.2019
The Retail Registered Dietitian will implement wellness activities and provide guidance on nutrition activities for the Food Service department. The Retail Registered Dietitian will maintain the departmental nutrition care database....
06.26.2019
Status: Full Time Hours: 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., including every 7th weekend Basic Summary: Plans and delivers nutrition care for patients of any age including infant, child, adolescent, adult and geriatric. Performs nutrition assessment...
06.05.2019
The Clinical Dietitian uses evidence-based research and nutrition focused physical assessments to develop and implement nutrition intervention(s) and monitor and evaluate patient progress in providing medical nutrition therapy. Evaluates the...
06.13.2019
The Clinical Dietitian uses evidence-based research and nutrition focused physical assessments to develop and implement nutrition intervention(s) and monitor and evaluate patient progress in providing medical nutrition therapy. Evaluates the...
06.24.2019
Interacts as a member of the patient focused care team and uses the patient care process (assess, plan, implement, and evaluate for individual patients) in determining nutrition interventions for patients across the continuum of care. This role...
06.24.2019
Interacts as a member of the patient focused care team, uses the nutrition care process (nutrition assessment, diagnosis, intervention, and monitoring/evaluation) in determining nutrition interventions for patients across the continuum of care....
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  2. Clinical Nutritionist (PRN) Baton Rouge, LA Baton Rouge General Medical Center
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  4. Community Nutritionist Flemington, NJ Hunterdon Healthcare
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  5. Dietitian Nutritionist Atrium Health Cleveland Charlotte, NC Carolinas HealthCare System
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  6. Dietitian Nutritionist- Atrium Health's CMC Charlotte, NC Carolinas HealthCare System
    Job Req ID: 199728 Position Number: 00135075 Employment Type: Full Time Shift: Variable/On Call Shift Details : Monday-Friday, 8:00am- 4:30pm, some weekends and holidays Standard Hours:  40.00 Department...
  7. Dietitian Nutritionist/PRN- CHS NorthEast Charlotte, NC Carolinas HealthCare System
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  8. CLINICAL DIETITIAN - PEDIATRIC RENAL Durham, NC Duke Health
    Duke University Hospital is consistently rated as one of the best in the United States and is known around the world for its outstanding care and groundbreaking research. Duke University Hospital has 957 inpatient beds and offers comprehensive...
  9. Clinical Dietitian Springfield, MO Baystate Medical Center
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  10. Registered Dietitian - Retail Urbana, IL Carle Foundation
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  12. Clinical Dietitian, RD, Inpatient (Raleigh) - Full-Time Day Raleigh, NC WakeMed Health & Hospitals
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  14. CLINICAL DIETITIAN St. Cloud, MN CentraCare Health
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  15. CLINICAL DIETITIAN St. Cloud, MN CentraCare Health
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