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Career opportunities

Dietitians mainly work in the following fields:

1.      Private Practice

These dietitians are self-employed

They consult patients in private practice, private hospitals and health and fitness companies

Most patients are referred by doctors, specialists or other health care professionals.

Nutritional management of various nutrition and health related conditions including: chronic diseases of lifestyle, sports nutrition, allergies etc.


  2.      Consultancy

Provide expert nutrition advice to various industries including:

Food service facilities: training of staff, development and adaptation of menus.

Food industry: food labelling, product development, marketing and launching of new products or services and nutritional analysis of food products.

Food safety: monitoring and evaluation of food safety regulations.

Pharmaceutical companies: Advise on the development of supplements, labelling, marketing and food and drug legislation.

Media: Writing health and nutrition columns or articles, conduct radio and television interviews.

Health insurance companies

Nutrition information centres

Health and nutrition related call centres

Monitoring and evaluation of nutrition programmes


 3.      Research

Involvement in the planning, execution  and presentation of nutritional related research

Continuous contributions toward an evidence based body of nutritional knowledge

Supervise undergraduate and postgraduate student research projects

Generating research grant proposals

In the employ of the Medical Research Council, Human Sciences Research Council and University Departments


 4.      Community

Planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of preventative and promotive nutrition services based on identified needs and public health indicators

Development and implementation of nutrition policies and programmes in health care facilities and the broader community context

Mainly employed by the public sector, non-governmental organizations and tertiary teaching intuitions


 5.      Clinical

Primarily work in hospitals as part of a multidisciplinary team

Responsible for therapeutic nutritional management and treatment of various diseases and conditions for a diverse range of surgical and medical in-patients

Prescribe, monitor compliance and progress, of individualized nutritional care plans

Treatments can include specialized diets, tube feeds and intravenous feeds


 6.      Food service management

Planning and provision of safe, nutritionally balanced full and specialized diets to persons in institutional settings including:

          hospitals, correctional services, frail care facilities, mines, military, old age homes and schools and tertiary institutional residences

Management of food service systems

Evaluate and develop menus within a specified budget

Plan and implement training for kitchen staff on food safety and special diet preparation

Evaluate institutional menus for nutritional adequacy and make practical recommendations

Prepare menus and standardised recipes for government tender presentation


 7.      Academics

Training of dietetic professionals in accordance with the specific outcomes outlined by the Health Professions Council of South Africa

Academics are involved in curriculum development, teaching, research and social responsibility in all fields of nutrition and dietetics

Strive to inspire a culture of continuous education and professional development.