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Nutrition Assistant

Nutrition Assistants help Nutritionists in the management of daily tasks to prevent and treat illnesses by helping plan individual and organisational food and nutrition programs.


Average wage for

Employment Levels

Around 6,400 people are currently employed as Nutrition Assistants in Australia. This is set to increase slightly to 7,200 people by 2019, according to the Department of Employment.

Employment by State

33.2% of all Nutrition Assistants are employed in QLD. The area with the lowest number of Nutrition Assistants is TAS, with only 0.5%.

Gender Split

This is a very female dominated industry with 3.7% of Nutrition Assistants being male and 96.3% female.

Age Brackets

The most popular age for people working as Nutrition Assistants is 25-34 years old, with 53.5%. A small percentage (0%) of people get into this career path younger, aged 15-19. There is also a number of people who enjoy a career as Nutrition Assistants, with 8.5% aged 55-59.

Hours Worked

Nutrition Assistants work an average of 32.5 hours a week which is 8.4 hours lower than the average for all occupations.

Education Level

The majority of Nutrition Assistants have a Bachelor Degree qualification (56.8%) or are at a Post Graduate/ Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate level (43.2%). 100% of people have a Cert III or higher, whilst 0% have a qualification which is Year 12 or lower.

Nutrition Assistant Duties & Tasks

  • Design individualised diet and nutrition plans as per client requirements
  • Monitor patient progress and alter individual diet programs
  • oversee meal preparation and determine the nutritional value of meal
  • Perform consultations with clients (either individuals or groups) to examine current state of health, diet and lifestyle
  • Plan and implement educational programs
  • Take phone calls, book appointments, invoice clients and maintain up-to-date records
  • Use diagnostic procedures to identify and analyse nutritional deficiencies and reasons for specific health concerns



*The information provided on this page is from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website. All salary ranges are from Payscale. Where jobs are not exact matches, job areas have been used. This information is to be used as a guide only.