Interested in learning about the role of food in health? Have you thought about a career in healthcare? A nutrition course might be just the education pathway you’ve been looking for to start a career in Australia‘s allied health industry.
Nutrition is the study of food and nutrition and its impact on human physiology. As the Australian public has become more invested in their long term health and wellness, the demand for more knowledge and more guidance has grown. Many Australians turn to nutritionists, dieticians or naturopaths for this guidance. These roles, however, are not the only career opportunities available to you in this industry. There are multiple areas in the industry that you can choose to explore after completing a nutrition course.
Career outcomes in the nutrition industry
A career in nutrition has the potential to be highly rewarding as you see an improvement in the health of your patients and a growth in their knowledge of living a healthy lifestyle.
There are a range of career outcomes in the field of nutrition including:
- Nutrition coach
- Dietician assistant
- Nutritional products retailer
- Allied health assistant
- Sports nutritionist assistant
- Health and nutritional consultant
Job Outlook for nutrition professionals
From obesity to chronic diseases and illnesses, Australians are suffering from a growing number of diet-related issues. Nutrition professionals teach their clients how food, nutrients and health science can be used for medicinal and therapeutic effects — to prevent illness, treat problems and help people maintain healthy lives.
According to Job Outlook:
- Employment for nutrition professionals is expected to rise by 9% by 2024.
- A large majority of nutrition professionals work in the healthcare and social assistance industry.
- Nutrition professionals are needed all over Australia. Many job opportunities reside in the states of NSW, QLD and Victoria.
- The average salary of a nutritionist is $84,956.
- Current professionals are split 5-/50 between full-time and part-time work.
Types of nutrition courses
If you are considering embarking on a career in the field of nutrition it is important to choose a course by a higher education provider that will qualify you to one day apply for accreditation with a nationally recognised organisation such as the Nutrition Society of Australia or the Dietitians Association of Australia.
Whether you prefer online study or in-person, there are courses that can lead to roles as an assistant to a qualified nutritionist or dietitian in private, public or community health environments. Those who wish to work as a fully qualified nutrition professional can alternatively complete an Advanced Diplomas or Bachelor of Nutrition Science.
For those who enjoy the biochemistry behind the industry and really want to immerse themselves in the science, a master of dietetics is possible. To be eligible for this qualification you must first successfully complete a related bachelor degree.
Delivered as an online course with a face-to-face work experience requirement, a Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance ‘Nutrition & Dietetics Stream’ will lead you into a career as an allied health assistant in nutrition or dietetics. The course will focus on providing you with the foundation knowledge in nutrition principles required to succeed in the industry. A specialised certification in sports nutrition is also possible. Certificates and short courses in nutrition usually have no entry requirements.
Undertaking a Diploma of Nutrition Medicine will provide you with an in-depth understanding of all aspects of nutritional medicine. You will learn about diet, supplements, natural vitamins, minerals and amino acids and how these can be used to prevent illness and achieve optimal health. The two year course includes practical experience in a clinic or private practice, providing you invaluable real-life skills to get you ready to step into the workforce as a qualified practitioner.
A Bachelor of Health Science majoring in Nutritional Medicine will have you develop the required knowledge to practice as a qualified and accredited nutritionist or dietitian. The three year course includes practical experience in a clinic or private practice and has a range of study mode options. You will study food, nutrients and how the diet affects a person’s health and wellbeing. You will gain knowledge on advising clients about diet and prescribing nutritional supplements to assist in the treatment of various health conditions. From biological and social sciences to food packaging and public health, you will learn the required skills and knowledge to educate clients on how to achieve optimal health and wellness.
Is a nutrition course right for me?
Nutritional professionals focus on helping people through the power of food and nutrients. It’s both a scientific and social orientated industry that can lead you down some very interesting career opportunities.
A TAFE or college nutrition course is the best way to enter the industry feeling equipped and knowledgeable in your ability to help people. Enquire about one of our nutrition courses today to receive the course guide for more information.
Ready to work with Australians on their health and wellness? Enrol in a nutrition course today!