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
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...
03.20.2017
Job Req ID: 128806 Position Number: 00141913 Employment Type: Full Time Shift: Day Shift Details : 8am to 5pm-M/F some holidays and weekends Standard Hours:  40.00 Department Name: Dietary...
03.24.2017
Job Req ID: 129390 Position Number: 00135105 Employment Type: Part Time Shift: Variable/On Call Shift Details : M-F 8am to 4:30pm-some weekends and Holidays Standard Hours:  16.00 Department Name:...
02.06.2017
Job Req ID: 123415 Position Number: 00148678 Employment Type: Full Time Shift: Variable/On Call Shift Details : Standard Hours:  40.00 Department Name: Dietary Services-Patient Location: CHS...
12.08.2016
Job Req ID: 119566 Position Number: 00160368 Employment Type: Part Time Shift: Variable/On Call Shift Details : As needed-Flexible days and hours Standard Hours:  4.00 Department Name: Dietary...
02.23.2017
Job Req ID: 126314 Position Number: 00135118 Employment Type: Full Time Shift: Variable/On Call Shift Details : M-F 8am to 5pm Standard Hours:  40.00 Department Name: Food & Nutrition - CMCP LTACH...
12.08.2016
Job Req ID: 119568 Position Number: 00160369 Employment Type: Part Time Shift: Variable/On Call Shift Details : Standard Hours:  4.00 Department Name: Dietary Services-Patient Location: CHS...
03.06.2017
Job Req ID: 127448 Position Number: 00127264 Employment Type: Full Time Shift: Day Shift Details : Standard Hours:  40.00 Department Name: Dietary Services-Patient Location: CHS Lincoln...
03.27.2017
EAMC is recruiting a Registered Dietitian/Patient Services Supervisor to serve as a liaison between Clinical Nutrition Services and Nutrition and Foods to ensure patients and residents dietary needs are met based on regulatory guidelines. This...
02.07.2017
Provides optimal nutritional care by effectively identifying age specific patient needs, assessing nutritional status, designing appropriate care plans and monitoring to maximize clinical outcomes. Provides evidence-based nutritional information...
03.27.2017
*Temporary position anticipated to last until approximately November 10, 2017 Interacts as a member of the patient focused care team, uses the patient care process (assesses, plan, implement and evaluate for individual patients) in determining...
02.26.2016
Boston Medical Center (BMC) is more than a hospital. Its a network of support and care that touches the lives of hundreds of thousands of people in need each year. It is the largest and busiest provider of trauma and emergency services in New...
02.27.2017
Boston Medical Center (BMC) is more than a hospital. Its a network of support and care that touches the lives of hundreds of thousands of people in need each year. It is the largest and busiest provider of trauma and emergency services in New...
03.25.2017
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03.27.2017
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  1. Dietitian Nutritionist 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...
  2. Dietitian Nutritionist/CMC Main-FT Charlotte, NC Carolinas HealthCare System
    Job Req ID: 128806 Position Number: 00141913 Employment Type: Full Time Shift: Day Shift Details : 8am to 5pm-M/F some holidays and weekends Standard Hours:  40.00 Department Name: Dietary...
  3. Dietitian Nutritionist/CMC Main-PT Charlotte, NC Carolinas HealthCare System
    Job Req ID: 129390 Position Number: 00135105 Employment Type: Part Time Shift: Variable/On Call Shift Details : M-F 8am to 4:30pm-some weekends and Holidays Standard Hours:  16.00 Department Name:...
  4. Dietitian Nutritionist Full Time CHS Cleveland Charlotte, NC Carolinas HealthCare System
    Job Req ID: 123415 Position Number: 00148678 Employment Type: Full Time Shift: Variable/On Call Shift Details : Standard Hours:  40.00 Department Name: Dietary Services-Patient Location: CHS...
  5. Dietitian Nutritionist/Dietary Services-Patient/PRN Charlotte, NC Carolinas HealthCare System
    Job Req ID: 119566 Position Number: 00160368 Employment Type: Part Time Shift: Variable/On Call Shift Details : As needed-Flexible days and hours Standard Hours:  4.00 Department Name: Dietary...
  6. Dietitian Nutritionist/Food and Nutrition/CHS Pineville-FT Charlotte, NC Carolinas HealthCare System
    Job Req ID: 126314 Position Number: 00135118 Employment Type: Full Time Shift: Variable/On Call Shift Details : M-F 8am to 5pm Standard Hours:  40.00 Department Name: Food & Nutrition - CMCP LTACH...
  7. Dietitian Nutritionist (PRN) - 1st shift, variable hours 8:00-4:30 - CHS Lincoln Charlotte, NC Carolinas HealthCare System
    Job Req ID: 119568 Position Number: 00160369 Employment Type: Part Time Shift: Variable/On Call Shift Details : Standard Hours:  4.00 Department Name: Dietary Services-Patient Location: CHS...
  8. Dietitian Nutritionist - 8:00 to 4:30 variable hours weekends and holidays - CHS Lincoln Charlotte, NC Carolinas HealthCare System
    Job Req ID: 127448 Position Number: 00127264 Employment Type: Full Time Shift: Day Shift Details : Standard Hours:  40.00 Department Name: Dietary Services-Patient Location: CHS Lincoln...
  9. REGISTERED DIETITIAN/PATIENT SERVICES SUPERVISOR Opelika, AL East Alabama Medical Center
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