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Other names for Dietician:

  • Advisor Food Science / Technology
  • Dietetic Consultant
  • Health Advisor (Nutrition)
  • Home Economist
  • Nutritionist
  • Sports Nutritionist


Youtube clip – The Career of Dieticians and Nutritionists

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What is a Dietician?

A Dietitian is a medical health care professional who is regulated by law and holds a degree in dietetics.

They work closely with doctors and generally assist patients who are suffering from:

  • diabetes
  • obesity
  • anorexia
  • bulimia
  • high cholesterol etc

A Dietician is qualified to offer advice and create eating plans in the dietary treatment of disease.

Unlike nutritionists, Dieticians work directly with patients with illnesses.

It is the job of the Dietician to assess the patient’s nutritional requirements and then educate the patient and/or their caregiver how to meet these requirements.

Dieticians can work in, private practice, food service management, hospitals, community clinics, and the pharmaceutical industry.

What does a Dietician do?

  • evaluates individual dietary needs
  • develops nutritional care plans
  • writes records and reports
  • advises patients and their families about special diets, healthy eating
  • addresses vital health needs
  • analyses nutritional content of food
  • works with other health care professionals
  • prepares information packs
  • advises pharmaceutical companies

Are you . . . ?

  • interested in nutrition?
  • interested in a healthier lifestyle?
  • caring?
  • a good communicator?
  • interested in motivating people to make healthy decisions?
  • assertive?
  • sincere?
  • interested in interested in biochemistry/human physiology?

How do I become a Dietician?


You will need to complete a Bachelor’s degree in Science (Dietetics)

  • Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
  • North West University
  • University of KZN
  • University of Limpopo
  • University of Pretoria
  • University of Stellenbosch
  • University of the Free State
  • University of the Western Cape
  • Walter Sisulu University


  • CLICK HERE to check for a training institution near you to see what they offer.
  • Make sure you understand their entry requirements for each course.
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  • HPCSA: Health Professions Council of South Africa


OTHER CAREERS TO CONSIDER: Dentist or Biomedical Engineer

Is becoming a Dietician the right career choice for me?