Nutritionist Consultant Careers
Areas Of Practice
Nutrition Consultants can be any number of different types of Nutritionists or Registered Dietitians, working in a variety of environments. These may include hospitals, outpatient clinics, community clinics, long and short-term care facilities, community support agencies, retail nutrition and wellness centers, consulting companies and government agencies.
What are the daily tasks for Nutrition Consultants?
Daily tasks for a Nutrition Consultant include educating patients, food service employees, other nutritional professionals and specific communities on nutritional issues including proper nutritional planning and the latest research and development in the nutrition field.
Nutrition Consultants work closely with hospital, care facilities, community and governments agency personnel to diagnose patient needs, many times in conjunction with, or under the direction of, a physician or nursing professional.
Many of the assessments a Nutrition Consultant must make include working with patients with dietary restrictions, patients with difficulty in understanding complex dietary restrictions or those exhibiting a high nutritional risk. Consultants may work with patients with a history of malnutrition or slow wound healing process or other ailments where a physician or nurse desires additional input.
In a hospital setting, a Nutrition Consultant will many times confer with physicians or nurses regarding the nutritional management of patients. They provide additional service to in-home and short and long-term care facilities as well as instruction to health care providers and caregivers on diet and nutritional management programs.
Consultants additionally serve as an educational resource for physicians’ offices and community agencies. Many times, it is Nutritional Consultants who develop and maintain disease nutritional educational material used by physicians and community clinics in their area. They may provide continuing education to nurses, private and government agency personnel in nutritional counseling and latest research.
Requirements for Nutrition Consultants include an associate’s, bachelor’s or higher degree in nutrition science or related field, sometimes also including an approved study program or internship.
While the BLS does not provide salary or employment outlook information for nutrition consultants, it does provide information on nutritionists and dietitians which may be helpful in determining the salary and employment range for nutrition consultants.