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
10.15.2019
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...
10.21.2019
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....
09.16.2019
Spencer Hospital is looking for a full time Registered Dietitian-Nutritionist to join our team! The position is full time at 72 hours a pay period.
10.21.2019
The registered dietitian/CDE is responsible for providing Medical Nutrition Therapy to patients with diabetes, pre-diabetes, gestational diabetes and other diagnoses, who are referred by their providers, diabetes center staff or self-referred....
09.23.2019
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...
10.16.2019
Clinical Dietitian Full-Time position responsible for nutrition care for the patients/residents at a progressive healthcare facility. This role includes assessing the nutritional status of patients/residents and coordinating all aspect of...
10.21.2019
VCU Health System's Internal Medicine - Endocrinology department is searching for a full time Diabetes Educator to provide Diabetes and Self-Management Education/Training (DSME/T) to patients with diabetes, including but not limited to: Type 1,...
10.21.2019
VCU Health System's PEDS Endocrinology department is seeking a Diabetes Educator. This position will provide Diabetes and Self-Management Education/Training (DSME/T) to patients with diabetes, including but not limited to: Type 1, Type 2,...
10.01.2019
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...
10.14.2019
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...
10.01.2019
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...
10.21.2019
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...
10.21.2019
Current Employees: If you are a current employee, please apply via the internal career site by logging into your Workday Account and clicking the "Career" icon on your homepage. Job Category Support Services Department SPH...
10.21.2019
Provides optimal nutritional care to outpatients through assessing nutritional needs and develops customized nutrition care plans using the nutrition care process. Collaborates with all clinical dietitians, patient food service managers and other...
10.21.2019
Reporting to the Director, Ambulatory Specialty Practices, the Registered Dietitian/Certified Diabetes Educator provides optimal nutritional care to outpatient endocrinology practice by assessing nutritional needs and developing nutritional care...
  1. Nutritionist I Cambridge, MA Cambridge Health Alliance
    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...
  2. Clinical Nutritionist (PRN) Baton Rouge, LA Baton Rouge General Medical Center
    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....
  3. Registered Dietitian-Nutritionist-Spencer Hospital Spencer, IA Spencer Hospital
    Spencer Hospital is looking for a full time Registered Dietitian-Nutritionist to join our team! The position is full time at 72 hours a pay period.
  4. Nutritionist - Medical Nutrition Therapy Portland, ME MaineHealth
    The registered dietitian/CDE is responsible for providing Medical Nutrition Therapy to patients with diabetes, pre-diabetes, gestational diabetes and other diagnoses, who are referred by their providers, diabetes center staff or self-referred....
  5. Dietitian Nutritionist/PRN Charlotte, NC Carolinas HealthCare System
    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...
  6. Clinical Dietitian Sidney, MT Sidney Health Center
    Clinical Dietitian Full-Time position responsible for nutrition care for the patients/residents at a progressive healthcare facility. This role includes assessing the nutritional status of patients/residents and coordinating all aspect of...
  7. Diabetes Educator Richmond, VA VCU Health System
    VCU Health System's Internal Medicine - Endocrinology department is searching for a full time Diabetes Educator to provide Diabetes and Self-Management Education/Training (DSME/T) to patients with diabetes, including but not limited to: Type 1,...
  8. Diabetes Educator Richmond, VA VCU Health System
    VCU Health System's PEDS Endocrinology department is seeking a Diabetes Educator. This position will provide Diabetes and Self-Management Education/Training (DSME/T) to patients with diabetes, including but not limited to: Type 1, Type 2,...
  9. CLINICAL DIETITIAN- PRN 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...
  10. CLINICAL DIETITIAN 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...
  11. CLINICAL DIETITIAN- PRN 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...
  12. Nutritional Care Ambassador I - Nutritional Care Baton Rouge, LA Baton Rouge General Medical Center
    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...
  13. Clinical Dietician Spearfish Hospital and Lead Deadwood Hospital Full Time Rapid City, SD Regional Health
    Current Employees: If you are a current employee, please apply via the internal career site by logging into your Workday Account and clicking the "Career" icon on your homepage. Job Category Support Services Department SPH...
  14. Clinical Dietitian Boston, MA Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
    Provides optimal nutritional care to outpatients through assessing nutritional needs and develops customized nutrition care plans using the nutrition care process. Collaborates with all clinical dietitians, patient food service managers and other...
  15. Registered Dietitian/Certified Diabetes Educator Boston, MA Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
    Reporting to the Director, Ambulatory Specialty Practices, the Registered Dietitian/Certified Diabetes Educator provides optimal nutritional care to outpatient endocrinology practice by assessing nutritional needs and developing nutritional care...