Dietitians apply the science of human nutrition to help people understand the relationship between food and health, how to make appropriate dietary choices to attain and maintain health, and how to prevent and treat illness and disease.
Plans diets and menus, and instructs people on the requirements and importance of diet and on the planning and preparation of food.
Supervises the preparation and serving of meals.
Collects, organises and assesses data relating to health and nutritional status of individuals, groups and communities.
Monitors food intake and quality to provide nutritional care.
Calculates nutritional values of food served.
Plans, conducts and evaluates nutrition intervention programs and compiles educational material.
Provides nutrition assessments, nutrition management, and nutrition education, research and training.
Consults with other health professionals and related workers to manage the dietary and nutritional needs of patients.
The NSC produces employment projections to show where likely future job opportunities may be. Employment projections data are only produced for occupations at the broad four digit Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) level. While data are not available for this occupation, projections data are available for the parent occupation, Nutrition Professionals, under the outlook section.
Earnings and hours
Around 51% of people employed as Dietitians work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 15 percentage points below the all jobs average (66%).
Full-time workers work an average of 41 hours per week in their main job. This is similar to the all jobs average (44 hours per week).
Sources:Full-time share and full-time hours: ABS, 2016 Census, customised report. Compared to the all jobs average.
Employment across Australia
Employment by State and Territory (% Share)
|State||Dietitians||All Jobs Average|
Around 65% of Dietitians live in capital cities, compared with the all jobs average of 62%.
The regions with the largest share of workers are:
- Melbourne - Inner
- Brisbane Inner City
- Newcastle and Lake Macquarie
- Melbourne - Inner South
- Melbourne - Inner East.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian states, territories and regions, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age and gender
The median age of Dietitians is 33 years. This is younger than the all jobs average of 40 years.
A large share of workers are aged 25 to 34 years.
Females make up 95% of the workforce. This is 47 percentage points above the all jobs average of 48%.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile and gender share compared to the all jobs average.
Age Profile (% Share)
|Age Bracket||Dietitians||All Jobs Average|
|65 and Over||1.5||4.2|
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Education, training and experience
A bachelor degree in dietetics is usually needed to work as a Dietitian. Many workers have a postgraduate qualification.
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Highest Level of Education (% Share)
|Type of Qualification||Dietitians||All Jobs Average|
|Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate||51.7||10.1|
|Year 10 and below||0.0||12.5|
Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Skills and Knowledge
Employers look for Nutrition Professionals who can communicate clearly with a diverse range of people, are caring and empathetic and can work well in a team.
Skills can be improved through training or experience.
Reading work related information.
Understanding why people react the way they do.
Writing things for co-workers or customers.
Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.
Talking to others.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
Teaching people how to do something.
57%Judgment and decision making
Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.
Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.
57%Complex problem solving
Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.
Looking for ways to help people.
55%Coordination with others
Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.
Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.
Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.
Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.
54%Management of personnel resources
Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.
Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
Understanding needs and product requirements to create a design.
These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.
78%Education and training
Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
76%Customer and personal service
Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.
Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.
64%Therapy and counselling
Diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and career counselling and guidance.
English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.
Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.
Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.
56%Medicine and dentistry
Diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities, including preventive health-care measures.
55%Sociology and anthropology
Group behaviour and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
52%Administration and management
Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.
Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.
50%Computers and electronics
Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
49%Philosophy and theology
Philosophical systems and religions, including their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and impact on society.
47%Personnel and human resources
Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.
45%Communications and media
Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.
40%Sales and marketing
Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
39%Law and government
How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.
Planting, growing, and harvesting food (both plant and animal), including storage and handling.
33%Economics and accounting
Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.
Workers use these physical and mental abilities..
Communicate by speaking.
Listen to and understand what people say.
Write in a way that people can understand.
Read and understand written information.
Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.
Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.
Speak clearly so others can understand you.
Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.
Come up with different ways of grouping things.
55%Sorting or ordering
Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.
Come up with unusual or clever ideas, or creative ways to solve a problem.
Identify and understand the speech of another person.
See details that are up-close (within a few feet).
45%Working with numbers
Add, subtract, multiply, or divide.
Choose the right maths method or formula to solve a problem.
41%Flexibility of closure
See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.
Remember things like words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.
Pay attention to something without being distracted.
See details that are far away.
These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.
75%Building good relationships
Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.
73%Planning and prioritising work
Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.
71%Working with the public
Greeting or serving customers, clients or guests, and public speaking or performing.
71%Giving expert advice
Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups.
71%Researching and investigating
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
71%Coaching and developing others
Working out the needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or helping them to improve.
71%Monitoring people, processes and things
Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.
70%Training and teaching others
Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.
69%Keeping your knowledge up-to-date
Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.
66%Communicating within a team
Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.
66%Communicating with the public
Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.
66%Helping and caring for others
Providing personal assistance, medical attention, or emotional support.
66%Making decisions and solving problems
Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.
66%Looking for changes over time
Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.
61%Explaining things to people
Helping people to understand and use information.
59%Coordinating the work of a team
Getting members of a group to work together to finish a task.
58%Documenting or recording information
Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
58%Making sense of information and ideas
Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.
55%Checking compliance with standards
Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
45%Working with computers
Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
Interests and demands
Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.
Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.
Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.
Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.
Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.
Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.
Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.
Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.
Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.
Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.
Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.
Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.
Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.
Use electronic mail.
Talk with people face-to-face.
Talk on the telephone.
92%Indoors, heat controlled
Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.
91%Freedom to make decisions
Have freedom to make decision on your own.
90%Contact with people
Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.
Work with people in a group or team.
Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.
87%Contact with the public
Work with customers or the public.
83%Disease or infection
Be exposed to disease or infections.
82%Being exact or accurate
Be very exact or highly accurate.
80%Frequent decision making
Frequently make decisions that impact other people.
79%Spend time sitting
Spend time sitting at work.
Work to strict deadlines.
75%Physically close to people
Work physically close to other people.
73%Letters and memos
Write letters and memos.
70%Lead or coordinate a team
Lead others to do work activities.
67%Impact of decisions
Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.
67%Responsible for outcomes
Take responsibility for the results of other people's work.
65%Angry or unpleasant people
Deal with unpleasant, angry, or rude people.
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