How to write a Nutritionist job description

Your job description is the first touchpoint between your company and your new hire. With millions of people searching for jobs on Indeed each month, a great job description can help you attract the most qualified candidates to your open position. To get you started, here are some tips for creating an effective job description.

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Nutritionist job title

A great job title typically includes a general term, level of experience and any special requirements. The general term will optimize your job title to show up in a general search for jobs of the same nature. The level of experience will help you attract the most qualified applicants by outlining the amount of responsibility and prior knowledge required. And if your position is specialized, consider including the specialization in the job title as well. But avoid using internal titles, abbreviations or acronyms to make sure people understand what your job posting is before clicking.

Examples of Nutritionist job titles

    Senior Nutritionist
    Clinical Dietitian
    Nutritionist (Part-Time)
    Registered Dietitian

Nutritionist job summary

A great job description starts with a compelling summary of the position and its role within your company. Your summary should provide an overview of your company and expectations for the position. Outline the types of activities and responsibilities required for the job so job seekers can determine if they are qualified, or if the job is a good fit.

Example of a Nutritionist job summary

Our gym is hiring a Nutritionist to join our staff. We’re looking for a self-motivated, highly energetic professional who understands the nutritional needs for a wide range of people, from clients who want to lose weight to those who are building muscle for athletic pursuits. The ideal candidate will have a background in sports, fitness and nutrition as well as a service-oriented attitude. He or she will establish replicable dietary standards for our members and provide one-on-one consultations on an as-needed basis. A free membership to our gym is just one of the exciting benefits of working for us.

Nutritionist responsibilities and duties

The responsibilities and duties section is the most important part of the job description. Here you should outline the functions this position will perform on a regular basis, how the job functions within the organization and who the job reports to.

Examples of Nutritionist responsibilities

    Create meal plans for clients who want to lose weight, add muscle or achieve other nutrition-related goals
    Consult with clients on healthy nutrition and dietary choices
    Author written meal plans for dissemination to members
    Manage the consultation calendar for both yourself and our personal trainers
    Publish one blog post monthly on nutritional habits and practices for our website

Nutritionist qualifications and skills

Next, outline the required and preferred skills for your position. This may include education, previous job experience, certifications and technical skills. You may also include soft skills and personality traits that you envision for a successful hire. While it may be tempting to include a long list of skills and requirements, including too many could dissuade qualified candidates from applying. Keep your list of qualifications concise, but provide enough detail with relevant keywords and terms.

Examples of Nutritionist skills

    Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition or Dietetics preferred
    7+ years’ experience as a professional nutritionist
    Must be a registered dietitian (RD)
    Advanced knowledge of the way nutrition and exercise complement one another during the pursuit of athletic goals
    Familiarity with Nutritionist Pro software
    In-depth knowledge of nutritional models
    Understanding of diabetic nutrition a plus
    Excellent verbal and presentation skills
    Willingness to travel to partner gyms when needed

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