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Dietitian

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Dietician
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€33 - 50
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Last Updated: March, 2017

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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At a Glance... header image

Provides specialist dietary planning advice and information.


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The Work header image

In the hospital situation, the Dietician will work as a member of the dietetic department team, and will be responsible to doctors and surgeons for the planning and implementation of therapeutic diets. Education of patients embarking on long-term diets is a major responsibility.  
 
Some food manufacturers employ Nutritionists/ Dieticians to give advice on the nutritional and dietetic aspects of their products; this work may include lecturing and writing articles.  
Studies of the social conditions of various groups that include investigations of dietary habits are occasionally organised by international organisations. The expertise of the Nutritionist/Dietician is important in these surveys.  
 
Other areas of employment include nutrition education to professional groups such as nurses and doctors who are involved in educating the public. The Nutritionist/Dietician may also be directly involved in nutrition education to various groups of the general public (e.g. sports-people, mothers, the elderly, teachers, etc.).


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Counsel individuals and groups on basic rules of good nutrition, healthy eating habits, and nutrition monitoring to improve their quality of life.

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Assess nutritional needs, diet restrictions and current health plans to develop and implement dietary-care plans and provide nutritional counseling.

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Advise patients and their families on nutritional principles, dietary plans and diet modifications, and food selection and preparation.

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Consult with physicians and health care personnel to determine nutritional needs and diet restrictions of patient or client.

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Monitor food service operations to ensure conformance to nutritional, safety, sanitation and quality standards.

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Organize, develop, analyze, test, and prepare special meals such as low-fat, low-cholesterol and chemical-free meals.

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Develop curriculum and prepare manuals, visual aids, course outlines, and other materials used in teaching.

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Make recommendations regarding public policy, such as nutrition labeling, food fortification, and nutrition standards for school programs.

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Purchase food in accordance with health and safety codes.

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Plan and conduct training programs in dietetics, nutrition, and institutional management and administration for medical students, health-care personnel and the general public.

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The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge: Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Getting Information: Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

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Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings: Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.

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Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events: Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships: Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates: Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work: Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Performing for or Working Directly with the Public: Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.

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Processing Information: Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.

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Coaching and Developing Others: Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Biology: Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.

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English Language: Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Psychology: Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

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Customer and Personal Service: Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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Therapy and Counseling: Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.


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Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Social Perceptiveness: Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

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Writing: Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

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Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Learning Strategies: Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.

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Judgment and Decision Making: Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

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Complex Problem Solving: Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

An interest in science, food and the care of people is important. You must be able to explain complex things simply and also enjoy communicating to a wide range of people.  
You need to be good at motivating people to change their diet and lifestyle. An understanding, non-judgemental approach is also important.


Entry Routesheader image

Those wishing to pursue a career as a dietitian will be required to follow a course of study in nutrition or dietetics.

Note: From 2018 Health and Social Care Professionals who provide services to the public are required to be registered with CORU, the regulatory body. To be eligible for registration, Dietitians are reqiured to have the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science Human Nutrition and Dietetics  from the Dublin Institute of Technology DT223
  • Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition (Level 8) from the University of Dublin DN262 and Graduate Diploma in Human Nutrition and Dietetics from the Dublin Institute of Technology

Earlier qualifications accepted:

  • Diploma in Dietetics and Nutrition from the City of Dublin Vocational Education Committee awarded after 1976 and before 1987
  • Diploma in Dietetics from the City of Dublin Vocational Education Committee awarded after 1951 and before 1977.

Further information is available here.

Last Updated: October, 2017


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Go..Dietician/nutritionist - from: GradIreland
Go..Dietitian - from: N.C.S. [UK]
Go..Nutritional Therapist - from: N.C.S. [UK]
Go..Nutritionist - from: N.C.S. [UK]

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Organisation: Health Service Executive (HSE)
Address: Dr Steevens' Hospital, Steevens Lane, Dublin, 8
Tel: 01 635 2000
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Organisation: Public Appointments Service
Address: Chapter House, 26/30 Abbey Street Upper, Dublin 1
Tel: (01) 858 7400 or Locall: 1890 44 9999
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Organisation: Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute
Address: Ashgrove House, Kill Avenue, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin
Tel: (01) 280 4839
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