Dietitian

Health, Safety and Environment

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I help people choose foods that fit with their lifestyle, their beliefs, and reconnect people with the basic understanding of how food fuels the body.

Chrissa Karagiannis
Dietitian

In A Nutshell

I work with patients to understand their dietary needs.  

I create diet and food plans to help patients reach their health goals.

I participate in research and give my input as to whether new foods are healthy and safe.

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Potential Salary Range

$48,000-91,000 Annually

Which provinces would this job be in?

Alberta AB
Alberta
British Columbia BC
British Columbia
Manitoba MB
Manitoba
New Brunswick NB
New Brunswick
Newfoundland & Labrador NL
Newfoundland & Labrador
Nova Scotia NS
Nova Scotia
Nunavut NU
Nunavut
Northwest Territories NWT
Northwest Territories
Ontario ON
Ontario
Quebec QC
Quebec
Saskwatchewan SK
Saskwatchewan
Yukon Territories YT
Yukon Territories

I mostly work out of my office in a hospital, and clients come to me. I try to make it feel like a safe and healthy space for honest conversations about food and living well. 

Workplace

Indoor

Job Requirements & Duties

  • Develop and supervise nutrition and food preparation programs in hospitals, homes or schools
  • Provide nutrition guidance to individuals or community groups
  • Understand the health status of individuals and help manage poor nutrition
  • Stay up to date on scientific studies and research being done in nutrition
  • Talk with other health professionals, government and the media to give advice about how to interpret nutrition and policies around food
  • Plan, evaluate and conduct nutrition education programs and develop learning materials
  • Communicate with the patient and the rest of the healthcare team
  • Answer patient questions and help them meet their goals
  • Calculate nutrition requirements and monitor patient intake

Education & Training

  • Dietitians require a bachelor's or master's degree in dietetics, nutrition, or a related field such as food and nutritional science or biochemistry.
  • A period of supervised practical training is also required.
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Job Outlook

    The number of jobs available for potential dieticians and nutritionists is considered to be fair, meaning there will be about the same number of job openings as there are people to fill them.

Related School Subjects

Science
Social Studies
Career Education
Health Education

What words come to mind when thinking about this career?

Food Health Wellbeing Eating

Important Skills

Critical Thinking

I need to be able to sort through information and research to determine key aspects of the information that will impact a client's care.

Active Listening

When patients come to me, it’s because they want to improve their health and lifestyle. It’s extremely important that I make them feel heard and supported so they trust me to help them in their goals. 

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Problem Solving

Every person’s body and health are different, so it’s my job to create nutrition solutions that meet every individual’s specific challenges.  

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Research

Science is ever-changing when it comes to nutrition. Having a strong skill set in understanding and analyzing research is key.

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The Best Things About This Job Are…

Pays Well
Helps Others
Rewarding
Flexible Work Environment
Continuous Learning