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
08.16.2019
Job Title: Registered Dietitian Supervised by: Cardiac and Pulmonary Services/Rehabilitation Directors I. Position Summary: The Rehabilitation Dietitian is responsible for providing nutritional care to program participants including...
08.23.2019
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...
08.23.2019
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....
07.24.2019
The Nutritionist is responsible for the pediatric weight management program providing family centered treatment of children and adolescents with obesity within the context of a multi-disciplinary weight management team. This position understands...
08.23.2019
Nutrition and Diabetes Management Hunterdon Healthcare System, 2100 Wescott Drive, Flemington, NJ Per Diem M-F, 8am-5 pm (4-6 hours per week). Days/Evenings and some Saturdays, Days/Evenings & Weekends Req # 67405 PositionSummary:...
07.25.2019
Job Req ID: 202734 Position Number: 00160363 Employment Type: Part Time Shift: Variable/On Call Shift Details : various shifts and hours Standard Hours:  4.00 Department Name: Clinical Nutrition...
08.21.2019
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...
07.02.2019
The Education Specialist is responsible for assessing the need and facilitating the planning, developing, implementation, and evaluation of staff education, orientation and training. Develops programs to meet the current and future needs of the...
07.03.2019
The Mgr, Clinical Nutrition and Food Services at Cary Hospital is responsible for the management of all facets of Food and Nutrition Services. Assists the director in managing the operating and financial outcomes for the services of the...
08.23.2019
The Clinical Dietitian provides Medical Nutrition Therapy to patients of all ages and disease states on assigned nursing units. Provides consulting to Carle Home Care. Represent the Hospital Food Service on the Diabetes Team. Qualifications:...
08.23.2019
Under direction of the Clinical Nutrition Manager, individual will assess and coordinate diet therapy and nutrition education activities for the Department of Oncology. Plans and provides nutritional care to patients by interpreting and adapting...
08.23.2019
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,...
08.23.2019
The position coordinates the collection, dissemination, and coordination of Universal Product Code (UPC) data with the WIC Approved Food List and Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) in NC WIC. This position monitors local agencies to ensure...
08.23.2019
This position is for a Regional Nutrition Consultant, home-based in a county served by the position including Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Caldwell, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, McDowell,...
08.11.2019
Duke Connected Care, a community-based, physician-led network, includes a group of doctors, hospitals and other healthcare providers who work together to deliver high-quality care to Medicare Fee-for-Service patients in Durham and itssurrounding...
  1. Dietitian/Nutritionist Hamilton, MT Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital
    Job Title: Registered Dietitian Supervised by: Cardiac and Pulmonary Services/Rehabilitation Directors I. Position Summary: The Rehabilitation Dietitian is responsible for providing nutritional care to program participants including...
  2. 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...
  3. 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....
  4. Nutritionist - Pediatric Weight Management, Raleigh Medical Park Raleigh, NC WakeMed Health & Hospitals
    The Nutritionist is responsible for the pediatric weight management program providing family centered treatment of children and adolescents with obesity within the context of a multi-disciplinary weight management team. This position understands...
  5. Community Nutritionist Flemington, NJ Hunterdon Healthcare
    Nutrition and Diabetes Management Hunterdon Healthcare System, 2100 Wescott Drive, Flemington, NJ Per Diem M-F, 8am-5 pm (4-6 hours per week). Days/Evenings and some Saturdays, Days/Evenings & Weekends Req # 67405 PositionSummary:...
  6. Dietitian Nutritionist Atrium Health Union Charlotte, NC Carolinas HealthCare System
    Job Req ID: 202734 Position Number: 00160363 Employment Type: Part Time Shift: Variable/On Call Shift Details : various shifts and hours Standard Hours:  4.00 Department Name: Clinical Nutrition...
  7. 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...
  8. Education Specialist, Food & Nutrition (Raleigh) - FT Days Raleigh, NC WakeMed Health & Hospitals
    The Education Specialist is responsible for assessing the need and facilitating the planning, developing, implementation, and evaluation of staff education, orientation and training. Develops programs to meet the current and future needs of the...
  9. Mgr, Clinical Nutrition/Food & Nutrition Svcs (Cary) - Full-Time Day/Eve Raleigh, NC WakeMed Health & Hospitals
    The Mgr, Clinical Nutrition and Food Services at Cary Hospital is responsible for the management of all facets of Food and Nutrition Services. Assists the director in managing the operating and financial outcomes for the services of the...
  10. Clinical Dietitian - Food Services (PRN) Urbana, IL Carle Foundation
    The Clinical Dietitian provides Medical Nutrition Therapy to patients of all ages and disease states on assigned nursing units. Provides consulting to Carle Home Care. Represent the Hospital Food Service on the Diabetes Team. Qualifications:...
  11. Per Diem Registered Dietitian- Outpatient Oncology Boston, MA Boston Medical Center
    Under direction of the Clinical Nutrition Manager, individual will assess and coordinate diet therapy and nutrition education activities for the Department of Oncology. Plans and provides nutritional care to patients by interpreting and adapting...
  12. 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,...
  13. Nutrition Program Consultant Raleigh, NC NC Department of Health and Human Services
    The position coordinates the collection, dissemination, and coordination of Universal Product Code (UPC) data with the WIC Approved Food List and Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) in NC WIC. This position monitors local agencies to ensure...
  14. Regional Nutrition Consultant Raleigh, NC NC Department of Health and Human Services
    This position is for a Regional Nutrition Consultant, home-based in a county served by the position including Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Caldwell, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, McDowell,...
  15. CLINICAL DIETITIAN Durham, NC Duke Health
    Duke Connected Care, a community-based, physician-led network, includes a group of doctors, hospitals and other healthcare providers who work together to deliver high-quality care to Medicare Fee-for-Service patients in Durham and itssurrounding...