Dietitians and nutritionists assess, develop, implement and evaluate food and nutrition strategies and programs; develop and analyze food and food products; manage food service systems; promote food security and safety; and conduct research.  They can be involved in both individual and group programs, carry out public education,  integrating, translating and applying nutrition theory into practice and research.  Dietitians work primarily in health care, health promotion, food service management, education, business, private practice, research or a combination of these settings and their duties and responsibilities can vary accordingly.

The area of dietetics continues to grow in efforts to meet the expanding needs of our population.

Skills Required

  • critical thinking skills
  • an interest in science and foods
  • good communication skills
  • innovative and flexible
  • honest, ethical and caring
  • self-assured, sincere and diplomatic
  • practical and results oriented

Dietitians should enjoy co-ordinating and developing education materials and programs, analyzing information and solving problems, and working with people.

Education/Training Required

Integrated or Post Degree Internship Program that includes Bachelor of Science degree majoring in Foods and Nutrition

Schools Offering Career Program

University of Prince Edward Island    
Mount St. Vincent University
Acadia University

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Average Starting Salary

Growth Rate

Education Required
1 to 4 years