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Nutritionists or nutrition professionals apply the science of human nutrition to attain better health and treat various illnesses.

Where You Might Work

Nutritionists work in a range of different settings, including: 

  • Community centres or public health clinics
  • Some specialised gymnasiums
  • Professional and amateur sporting clubs¬†
  • Social services¬†
  • General practitioner clinics

Key Responsibilities

  • Planning diets/menus and instructing people on their requirements and importance of diet.¬†
  • Instructing people on the importance of planning and preparation of food.¬†
  • Supervising the preparation and serving of meals.¬†
  • Collecting, organising, and assessing data relating to health and nutritional status of clients and communities.¬†
  • Monitoring food intake and quality to provide nutritional care.¬†
  • Compiling educational nutrition material for clients to read.¬†
  • Providing nutrition assessments, management, education, research, and training.¬†
  • Consulting with other health professionals and coaches to manage the dietary requirements of clients/players.

The Attributes and Skills You Will Need

  • ¬†An ability to communicate effectively, both in-person and digitally.
  • Able to work flexible hours, or in a part-time capacity.¬†
  • An understanding and interest in sports science and nutrition.
  • Able to communicate with people who are physically or mentally unwell.
  • Good literacy and numeracy skills for devising meal plans.
  • Good administration and organisational skills.
  • ¬†
Salary: ranges between $65,000 and $85,000

Market Insights

11,800 employed.

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Full-time share of 47%

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Female share of 94%

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Average age of 34

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Salary: the average salary of a nutritionist in Australia ranges between $65,000 and $85,000, according to

The education pathways listed encompass the most common entry-level courses that can be undergone to become a water aerobics instructor.


Potential Career Outcomes 

Further Qualifications

Duration/Number of Units

Bachelor of Exercise and Nutrition Science or Bachelor of Nutrition Science

Fitness and weight loss consultant 

Health and well-being consultant

The Master of Dietetics is a postgraduate course that can be completed after your undergraduate degree. The master’s qualification will allow

3 years full-time

AIPT Diploma of Nutrition (10967NAT)

Allows you to explore nutrition advisory jobs.


13 units recognised by the Australian Qualification Framework