Sports nutrition

sports nutritionThis area of employment is an emerging and niche area where there are, at present, limited employment opportunities in Australia, particularly if you are not an Accredited Practising Dietitian with the Dietitians Association of Australia.

As such, graduates from Undergraduate/Postgraduate Food and Nutrition at Deakin may be more likely to be successful in sports nutrition if they pursue additional training certificates in education and/or fitness and/or sport, e.g. fitness courses at TAFE. If you already have a qualification in the area of physical activity (e.g. sports/physiotherapy/exercise rehabilitation) then this could be an advantage.

For further information regarding training to become a Dietitian, visit our Master of Dietetics website.

Example job titles/roles

Roles for Nutritionists within the sports industry are gradually growing, especially with the recent expansion of many codes into women's leagues. Although many roles still require that you are an Accredited Practising Dietitian with the Dietitians Association of Australia, the formal nutrition training gained through courses within the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences at Deakin can unlock a variety of opportunities across a range of sports oriented roles, particularly when used to complement existing qualifications.

Sports Nutritionist

Sports Nutrition Advisor

Program Officer

Health Coach (personal, group, community, organisational)

Community Health Worker

Health Promotion Officer

Project Officer

Sales Representative (food / sports food and drinks)

Example employers

Food companies specialising in sports nutrition

Federal, state & local government


Community health centres

Health spas / resorts

Health insurance companies

Health & recreation clubs

Corporate health

Workplace health programs

Self-employment / consultancy

Suggested electives

    If you wish to complete the Master of Human Nutrition (H714) with a view to working in sports nutrition, the stream you choose will depend on whether you desire a research focus or not. If desiring a sports nutrition research focus it is recommended you undertake stream B. From there, it is up to you which electives you opt to choose.

    Highly relevant electives

    HSN709 Sports Nutrition

    HSN741 Postgraduate Nutrition Practicum

    HSN708 Nutrition Promotion

    HSN713 Food, Nutrition and Behaviour

Graduate profile

Dianne Sfiligoi [Doc 25KB] completed the Graduate Certificate of Human Nutrition in 2008.

Dianne had previously completed a Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy) degree but felt it only taught her a single focussed approach to managing health, working in private practice in a community setting. With the knowledge of nutrition and more specifically diet and disease, she is now able to present a lifestyle management plan for improved health outcomes for her clients.

Expert in the area

Professional associations

Sports Dietitians of Australia
Peak body for Dietitians specialising in the field of sports nutrition.

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