Dietitians develop, implement and evaluate food and nutrition strategies to promote health and treat disease; manage food service systems; and develop and deliver related programs and policies.
An Exciting Field of Work
In general, Dietitians:
- Assess individuals' nutritional status
- Develop, implement and evaluate nutritional interventions and programs
- Manage food service departments or clinical and community nutrition services
- Work with individuals, families, consumer groups and industry to help them apply nutrition principles
- Develop and deliver food service and nutrition education programs
- Conduct basic and applied research in food, nutrition and food service systems
- Conduct nutritional assessments and provide nutrition counselling
- Plan and direct nutritional care in collaboration with doctors, nurses, social workers, food and nutrition managers, rehabilitation therapists, pharmacists and other professionals
Personal Characteristics / Skills
- Analytical ability
- Interest in science, food and nutrition
- Good communication skills
- Genuine interest in helping people
- Good problem solving skills
Education and Training
A bachelor’s degree in food and nutrition from a program that has been accredited by the Partnership for Dietetic Education and Practice (PDEP) and a period of supervised practical training is required.
Education program offered in New Brunswick
Food and nutrition programs are offered in New Brunswick by the following educational institutions:
- Université de Moncton – French program
Length of Study / Training
4.0 - 6.0 years
Licence and certification
To practice in New Brunswick, Dietitians must be registered and a member in good standing with the New Brunswick Association of Dietitians and pass the Canadian Dietetic Registration Examination.
Helpful High School Courses
- Computer related courses
Employment and Common Working Conditions
Dietitians work in a variety of settings such as:
- Hospitals and long term care facilities
- Clinics and community health units
- Government agencies
- Schools, Colleges and Universities
- Food & Pharmaceutical industries
- Private companies
Working hours may vary depending on the work settings. Dietitians generally work weekdays, but may be on call weekends or required to deliver programs in the evenings or weekends.
Employment Prospects - GOOD
With the growing interest of good eating habits and healthy living, it is expected that there will be an increase demand for dietitians.