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Dietitians and Nutritionists

 
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NOC:3132
Occupation:Dietitians and Nutritionists
Category:Health

About the job

Nature of work:

Dietitians and nutritionists plan, implement and oversee nutrition and food service programs. They are employed in a variety of settings including hospitals, extended care facilities, public health centres, the food and beverage industry, the pharmaceutical industry, educational institutions, sports organizations and government, or may work as private consultants. Public health nutritionists focus on public education and prevention programs for the groups in their area, as well as helping in the development of public policy as it relates to public health.

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

Skills:

To work in this field, you should be interested in helping people, working in partnership with others, and promoting healthy lifestyles. You should have an aptitude for science. Good judgement, organizational skills, and leadership skills are important. You must be creative, tactful, and tolerant of others.

Dietitians require a master s or a bachelor s degree in dietetics, nutrition, or a related field such as food and nutritional science or biochemistry as well as approximately 40 weeks of supervised practicum training. To work as a dietitian or nutritionist in Nova Scotia you must be registered with the Nova Scotia Dietetic Association.

Other considerations:

Most dietitians and nutritionists work regular hours; however, those in hospitals may work evenings, weekends, or holidays.

Labour Market Information

Work Prospects:Fair

The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “fair”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is around average. This is a moderate sized occupation in Nova Scotia, with employment around 350, and so some job opportunities may occur through turnover. The number employed in this occupation is expected to grow significantly over the next five years, which will provide additional opportunities for employment. With 23% of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to contribute somewhat to employment opportunities over the coming years. Dietitians and Nutritionists are most commonly working full-time hours. Furthermore, the jobs are most typically permanent positions.

The median employment income for 79% of individuals in this occupational group who worked full-time, year-round in 2010 was $54,981. The median income for the occupation overall was $54,917
(Source: 2011 National Household Survey)

Estimated employment in 2011Estimated change in employment between 2011 and 2016Estimated openings due to growth and retirements, 2011-2016Estimated rate of unemployment in 2014 Estimated hourly earnings in 2013
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362Growing69
Around Average
Median:$32.00
Minimum:$17.00
Maximum:$38.00
Percent employed full-time: 77.5 %
Percent self employed:0.0 %
Where will I likely work?
Area of Employment% Employed
Southern Region14.3
Northern Region7.9
Cape Breton19.0
Halifax58.7
Industry of Employment% Employed
Other Professional Services4.2
Retail Trade5.6
Health Care and Social Assistance84.7
What are the workers like?
Age% Employed
15-240.0
25-3424.6
35-4423.1
45-5429.2
55-6423.1
65+0.0
Gender% Employed
Female100.0
Male0.0
Education% Employed
Less than high school graduation certificate0.0
High school graduation certificate or equivalent0.0
Trades certificate or diploma0.0
Non-university certificate or diploma3.6
University certificate or diploma below bachelor0.0
University bachelor's degree66.1
University post graduate degrees30.4
Wage Disclaimer

Hourly earnings data are from the Labour Force Survey by Statistics Canada. Data are not available for all occupations. Hourly earnings are calculated based on usual hours worked per week. This is how an annual salary, for instance, gets converted to an hourly rate. The data include full and part-time workers along with new and experienced workers. Self-employed workers are excluded.

Annual employment income data reported in the Work Prospects section, are from the 2011 National Household Survey by Statistics Canada. Much of the data (around 70%) came directly from tax records. The data relates to the year 2010 and includes total wages and salaries and net income from self-employment.

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Employment Requirements & Contacts

Regulations:
Dietitian/Nutritionist
Right to Title:This occupation is regulated in Nova Scotia. Certification attests that the holder has met provincial requirements for the occupation. The job title is protected (you may not use this job title without certification). Certification may be required by employers, however, a certificate is not required to work in this occupation.
Regulating body:
Nova Scotia Dietetic Association
212-1496 Bedford Highway
Halifax, NS B4A 1E5
(902) 835-0253
info@nsdassoc.ca
Useful contacts:
Nova Scotia Dietetic Association
212-1496 Bedford Highway
Bedford, NS B4A 1E5
Tel: (902) 835-0253
info@nsdassoc.ca
Dietitians of Canada
480 University Avenue, Suite 604
Toronto, ON M5G 1V2
Tel: (416) 596-0857
Fax: (416) 596-0603
centralinfo@dietitians.ca
Health Care Human Resource Sector Council
380 Bedford Highway
Halifax, NS B3M 2L4
Tel: (902) 461-0871
Fax: (902) 461-9572
info@hcsc.ca

Training Paths & Education

Program Name:Clinical nutrition/nutritionist
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the college or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals to apply the principles of dietetics and the biomedical and nutrition sciences to design and manage effective nutrition programs as part of clinical treatment and therapy programs, and to manage health care facility food services. These programs include courses in human nutrition, nutrient metabolism, the role of foods and nutrition in health promotion and disease prevention, nutrition as a treatment regime, planning and directing hospital food service programs, diet and nutrition analysis and planning, supervision of food storage and preparation, special diets, client education, and professional standards and regulations.
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Acadia University
15 University Avenue
Wolfville, NS B4P 2R6
(902) 542-2201
agi@acadiau.ca
Mount Saint Vincent University
166 Bedford Highway
Halifax, NS B3M 2J6
(902) 457-6117
admissions@msvu.ca
St. Francis Xavier University
PO Box 5000
Antigonish, NS B2G 2W5
(902) 867-2219
admit@stfx.ca
Program Name:Dietetics and clinical nutrition services - Other
Education Level:This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program not listed above that relates to Dietetics and Clinical Nutrition Services.
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Mount Saint Vincent University
166 Bedford Highway
Halifax, NS B3M 2J6
(902) 457-6117
admissions@msvu.ca
St. Francis Xavier University
PO Box 5000
Antigonish, NS B2G 2W5
(902) 867-2219
admit@stfx.ca
Cape Breton University
PO Box 5300 1250 Grand Lake Road
Sydney, NS B1P 6L2
(888) 959-9995
registrar@cbu.ca
Program Name:Dietetics/dietitian (RD)
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the college or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals to integrate and apply the principles of the food and nutrition sciences, human behaviour, and the biomedical sciences to design and manage effective nutrition programs in a variety of settings. These programs include courses in human nutrition; nutrient metabolism; the role of foods and nutrition in health promotion and disease prevention; planning and directing food service activities; diet and nutrition analysis and planning; supervision of food storage and preparation; client education; and professional standards and regulations.
See all institutions providing this program+
Acadia University
15 University Avenue
Wolfville, NS B4P 2R6
(902) 542-2201
agi@acadiau.ca
Mount Saint Vincent University
166 Bedford Highway
Halifax, NS B3M 2J6
(902) 457-6117
admissions@msvu.ca
St. Francis Xavier University
PO Box 5000
Antigonish, NS B2G 2W5
(902) 867-2219
admit@stfx.ca