Why The Right Nutrition Course Can Be So Rewarding

by Yvette McKenzie
Posted: September 19, 2019

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There are many reasons to undertake a nutrition course, but one of the main ones is the ever-improving job outlook.

Mothers, grandfathers, school-leavers, job changers or even people who just want to improve their own health and well being are turning to online study to learn more about what they love: food, health and optimal happiness. 

Nutritionists and dietitians both aim to assist in a person’s journey to reaching optimal health through food and nutrition. The main role of a nutritionist is to help people achieve their best level of health by providing information and advice about health and food choices. 

Interestingly, there is no national standard needed to call yourself a nutritionist in Australia and the term nutritionist can be used freely by people with a range of backgrounds. People with Certificate IV in Nutrition & Dietetics can call themselves a nutritionist and those who study and attain a certificate in a non-accredited programme may also call themselves a nutritionist. As such, it is important for nutritionists to advertise and promote their qualifications and the learning they have achieved. 

Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance (Nutrition and Dietetics)

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Some online courses are designed to give you a framework for your journey towards personal health. This certificate in nutrition would be suitable for people who are interested in pursuing a career in nutrition, or for those who want to develop extra nutrition knowledge to further their careers, for example, personal trainers or those working in health care.

Many personal trainers want to flesh out their experience and knowledge base by getting extra qualifications under their belts, and the Certificate IV in Nutrition & Dietetics equips them to advise on nutrition for sport and fitness and to provide health education and promotion.

Some people might study the course to gain extra knowledge of chronic disease management. Chronic diseases are the leading cause of illness, disability and death in Australia, accounting for 90% of all deaths in 2011, according to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. 

Pregnancy and children's nutrition, nutrition for a healthy lifestyle and also weight management are some topics covered in this course. 

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Role of a Dietitian

Dietitians are tertiary qualified in food, nutrition and dietetics. Dietitians may work in many of the same settings as nutritionists, such as public health and community nutrition, research and teaching, food industry and nutrition marketing and communications. However, dietitians are also qualified to work in hospitals and the medical nutrition industry

A course in Allied Health Assistance allows you to work alongside an accredited allied health professional, such as a nutritionist or dietitian. 

The key difference between a dietitian and a nutritionist is that, in addition to or as part of their qualification in human nutrition, a dietitian has undertaken a course of study that includes substantial theory and supervised and assessed professional practice in clinical nutrition, medical nutrition therapy and food service management. Often dietitians will have many patients on their books and may require skilled assistance, which is where this qualification comes in. 

The Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance (Nutrition and Dietetics) course allows you membership to Nutrition Australia, the peak industry body for the nutrition industry in Australia. The mission of Nutrition Australia is to promote optimal health for all Australians by encouraging food variety and physical activity.

In Australia, all dietitians are considered to be nutritionists, but nutritionists without a dietetics qualification cannot work as dietitians. With the health and wellness industry currently booming, there are increasingly large numbers of desirable career options available for those with substantial study in either nutrition or dietetics. 

Why is a qualification in Nutrition great for your career, and health!

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According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, In 2017 -2018, two thirds (67.0%) of Australian adults were overweight or obese (12.5 million people), an increase from 63.4% in 2014 -15. There was a significant increase in the age group of 18 - 24 years, with 38.9% being obese in 2014 - 2015 as compared to 46.0% in 2017 -2018. 

Studying online to gain more knowledge of what makes people healthy, either to benefit your own life or the lives of others is a worthwhile career path, or terrific option for personal growth and study. 

Want to learn more about career options, average salaries and job prospects in  the field of nutrition?


Yvette McKenzie


Is the content strategist at Open Colleges. She has over a decade of professional experience at some of Australia’s largest media corporations, including Southern Cross Austereo and the Macquarie Media Network. With a degree in Communications (majoring in Journalism), she covers stories on education, new knowledge technologies and independent learning.

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