Dietitians and nutritionists

Dietitians and nutritionists

NOC
3132

Plan and implement nutrition and food service programs. They can work in health care, sports, education, the food industry, or as private consultants.

Quick facts

3 Year Outlook

Fair
Fair

3 Year Job Openings

36
 

Median Hourly Wage

$33.33
$18.39
Low
$40.15
High

Median Salary

$58,565
 

Typically Required

University

Employed

396
 

% Working Full Time

82%
 

% Working Full Year

75%
 
Job details

Full NOC Description

Dietitians and nutritionists plan, implement and oversee nutrition and food service programs. They are employed in a variety of settings including hospitals, home health-care agencies and extended care facilities, community health centres, the food and beverage industry, educational institutions, and government and sports organizations, or they may work as private consultants.

Main Duties

Dietitians and nutritionists perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Develop, administer and supervise nutrition and food preparation and service programs in hospitals, nursing homes, schools, company cafeterias or similar settings
  • Provide nutrition guidance, label interpretation and consultation services to health professionals, individuals, dietetic interns, community groups, government and the media
  • Evaluate nutritional status of individuals and aid in the prevention and/or treatment of inadequate nutrition
  • Plan, evaluate and conduct nutrition education programs and develop educational materials for various audiences
  • Practice on an individual basis or as a member of an interdisciplinary team to determine nutritional needs of patients and to plan, implement and evaluate normal and therapeutic menus to maintain and enhance general health
  • Analyze current scientific nutritional studies, conduct research and evaluate program effectiveness to improve the nutritional value, taste, appearance and preparation of food
  • Work within industry in the development, testing and evaluation, and marketing of food and nutrition products or as a company representative supplying product related information to health professionals
  • Confer with other health professionals, community groups, government and the media to provide consultation and advice in areas of nutrition interpretation, intervention and policy
  • Supervise training of dietetic interns.

Dietitians and nutritionists may specialize in areas such as administrative dietetics, clinical dietetics, community dietetics, public health nutrition or research dietetics.

Also Known As

  • administrative dietitian
  • clinical dietitian
  • community nutritionist
  • consultant dietitian
  • dietitian
  • dietitian-nutritionist
  • nutrition specialist
  • nutritionist
  • public health dietitian
  • public health nutritionist
  • registered dietitian (RD)
  • research dietitian
Requirements

Employment Requirements

  • Dietitians require a bachelor's or master's degree in dietetics, nutrition or a related field such as food and nutritional science or biochemistry and A period of supervised practical training.
  • Registration with a regulatory body is required in all provinces for dietitians.
  • Membership in the national association, Dietitians of Canada, may be required for dietitians to practise.
  • Nutritionists usually require similar education and training as dietitians.
  • Registration with a regulatory body is required for nutritionists in Nova Scotia, (as a registered dietitian-nutritionist) in New Brunswick, Quebec and Alberta.
  • Membership with the national association, Dietitians of Canada, and/or a provincial regulatory body is available for nutritionists who have the same education and practical training as dietitians.

Provincial Regulation

  • Provincially Regulated: Yes
  • Compulsory: Yes
  • Red Seal: No
  • Certified Interprovincial Mobility: Yes
Employment by Sex

The following graph shows the percentage of men and women working in this occupation in New Brunswick.

Data legend

99.5%
Female
0.5%
Male
Employment by age

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by age group.

Data legend

0.0%
15-24
27.5%
25-34
27.5%
35-44
27.5%
45-54
14.5%
55-64
2.9%
65+
Employment by highest level of education

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by highest level of education achieved.

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0.0%
No Certificate, Diploma or Degree
6.9%
High School, Diploma or Equivalent
0.0%
Apprenticeship or Trades Certificate or Diploma
6.9%
College or University Below Bachelor Level
86.1%
University - Bachelor Level or Above
Employment by Industry

The following graph shows the industry groups in which the largest shares of persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick are employed. Small percentages for all top three industry groups may suggest employment for this occupation is widely distributed amongst many industry groups.

Data legend

77.9%
Health care and social assistance
13.2%
Retail trade
2.9%
Finance and insurance
5.9%
All Other Industries
Employment by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons employed in this occupation in New Brunswick by which economic region they reside in.

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12.70%
Northeast
33.80%
Southeast
25.40%
Southwest
11.30%
Central
16.90%
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Annual Median Salary by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

Data legend

$60,570
Northeast
$66,772
Southeast
$56,710
Southwest
$56,068
Central
$58,286
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Hourly Median Wages by Economic Regions

The following represents the median hourly wage of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

No Data Available

Southeast

$33.33
$18.39
Low
$40.15
High
No Data Available
No Data Available
No Data Available
Salary

This following represents the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation compared to the median salary of workers employed in this occupation that work full-time year-round.

All Workers Employed in this Occupation

$58,565

Workers Employed Full-time, Full-year

$66,906

This following represents the median salary of persons employed in this occupation across each of the Atlantic Provinces and nationally.

New Brunswick

$58,565

Newfoundland

$76,138

Prince Edward Island

$26,234

Nova Scotia

$56,119

Canada

$52,204
Employment Outlook

The following represents the number of job openings that are expected to occur in this occupation over the next three and ten years respectively, broken down by openings expected to result from growth (“new jobs”) and openings expected to result from attrition (death and retirements).

Three Year Outlook

Total Openings: 3 Year

36
 

New Jobs: 3 Year

7
 

Retirements/Deaths: 3 Year

28
 

Ten Year Outlook

Total Openings: 10 Year

117
 

New Jobs: 10 Year

20
 

Retirements/Deaths: 10 Year

95