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Other names for Nutritionist:
- Advisor Food Science / Technology
- Dietetic Consultant
- Health Advisor (Nutrition)
- Home Economist
- Sports Nutritionist
Youtube clip – The Career of Dieticians and Nutritionists
For training options in South Africa – scroll down
What is a Nutritionist?
A Nutritionist is an expert on nutrition (the science of how the body uses and responds to foods).
Nutritionists study and put into practice the understanding of how and what food nutrients support a healthy lifestyle. With this knowledge, Nutritionists are able to advise, design and implement nutrition programmes for individuals, schools, hospitals and other institutions with the aim of disease prevention.
Nutritionists, however, do NOT plan the treatment of disease with diet therapy – that is the role of a dietitian. CLICK HERE
A sports Nutritionist works specifically with athletes, counseling them on nutrition and diet for peak performance.
What does a Nutritionist do?
- researches the relationship between the body and nutrients
- studies how diet affects metabolisms
- provides health advice and promoting healthy eating
- designs eating plans
- assesses nutritional needs for various population groups
- educates the public about nutrition
- writes articles about new findings in research
- supports and consults with health care professionals
Are you … ?
- interested in nutrition?
- interested in a healthy lifestyle?
- someone who likes to work in a team?
- someone with strong interpersonal skills?
- a good communicator?
- interested in biochemistry/human physiology?
- someone with eye for detail?
How do I become a Nutritionist?
- HEALING HANDS
Healing Hands Academy is an accredited training provider with the Services SETA.
Offers a Certificate in Nutrition
- SOUTH AFRICAN ASSOCIATION FOR NUTRITIONAL THERAPIES: SAANT
Offers various degrees in nutrition
- UNIVERSITY OF KWA ZULU NATAL
Offers a Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition
- NUTRITION SOCIETY OF SOUTH AFRICA
- 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.
- To avoid scams, make sure your institution is registered with the Department of Higher Education. CLICK HERE to check accredited Private Higher Education Institutions.
Is becoming a Nutritionist the right career choice for me?