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Find out how to become a nutritionist in the natural therapies sector. Discover information on salary, growth, stability and occupational expectations.

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The current average salary of an Nutritionist is $51,350 - 75,500 annually


What does a nutritionist do?

Nutritionists aim to educate others in the science of better health and prevention of illness or disease. Employment for this role is expected to grow very strongly to 2022, from 8,400 workers in 2017 to 9,900 by 2022. 5,000 job openings are expected over this time from workers leaving and new jobs being created.

Read more about the Natural Therapies industry.

What skills do you need to be a nutritionist? 

Nutritionists require strong communication skills and have a keen interest in healthy eating and food science, with an appropriate qualification in such a field.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills for inquiring on and listening to their patients’ needs; and providing appropriate advice
  • A thorough, expert knowledge in the field of food science and how healthy eating can prevent illness and disease
  • A personable, empathetic approach to clients to effectively counsel them in their dietary issues and needs
  • Excellent teamwork skills for consulting with other health professionals on the dietary needs of their patients
  • Strong organisational skills for planning, implementing, and evaluating nutrition intervention programs
  • Strong attention to detail for dealing with nutritional and health data of individuals and communities

Nutritionist quick facts

Nutritionists are part of a growing industry that have the opportunity to change the lives of others. Here are few key facts on working in this role.

  • Average Hours Worked
    34.1 full-time hours per week vs. all jobs average of 40 hours
  • Main Industries
    Health care and social assistance; public administration and safety; and manufacturing
  • Average qualification level
    Recommended qualification levels for nutritionists start at a Bachelor level

* All information on this page has been complied using figures from and the Australian Government's - all figures are indications only, and are accurate at time of publication. Please do your own research before selecting a course or career.


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