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
12.13.2019
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....
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Job Req ID: 230613 Position Number: 00160368 Employment Type: Part Time Shift: Variable/On Call Shift Details : 8:30a-5p Standard Hours:  4.00 Department Name: Clinical Nutrition Location: Atrium...
11.15.2019
Job Req ID: 236347 Position Number: 00169935 Employment Type: Full Time Shift: Variable/On Call Shift Details : Monday-Friday 7:00A-3:30P;weekend and holiday rotations; Weekdays will rotate between Union &...
11.20.2019
Job Req ID: 242061 Position Number: 00169991 Employment Type: Full Time Shift: Variable/On Call Shift Details : 8-4:30 M-F, some holidays and weekends Standard Hours:  40.00 Department Name: Clinical...
11.18.2019
Job Req ID: 236587 Position Number: 00015747 Employment Type: Full Time Shift: Evening Shift Details : 8 am to 4:30 pm, rotating weekends and holidays Standard Hours:  40.00 Department Name: Clinical...
11.22.2019
Job Req ID: 244301 Position Number: 00170012 Employment Type: Part Time Shift: Variable/On Call Shift Details : Day shift, weekends and holidays included. Standard Hours:  28.00 Department Name:...
11.22.2019
Job Req ID: 244341 Position Number: 00170013 Employment Type: Part Time Shift: Variable/On Call Shift Details : Day shift Standard Hours:  24.00 Department Name: Clinical Nutrition Location:...
11.12.2019
Job Req ID: 235928 Position Number: 00158761 Employment Type: Full Time Shift: Variable/On Call Shift Details : Monday through Friday 8:30-5:00; also participating in weekend rotations Standard Hours:  40.00...
11.28.2019
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11.16.2019
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...
11.28.2019
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...
12.11.2019
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11.14.2019
PDC: The Private Diagnostic Clinic (PDC) is the world-class, multi-specialty physician practice of Duke Health. The PDCs providers and staff work as a team to provide excellent patient care in more than 120 primary and specialty care clinics...
12.13.2019
JOB PURPOSE OR MISSION: The Nutritional Care Ambassador is responsible for communications between nursing units and the Nutritional Care Department regarding patient menus, Clinical Nutrition Service, diet changes and general nutritional care...
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