What can I do with my course in sports nutrition?
Careers in sports nutrition
As a sports nutritionist you assist athletes to maximise the benefits of healthy food and nutrition supplements to achieve optimal physical performance and to aid recovery.
You assist athletes with their hydration and nutrition before, during and after physical activity taking into consideration their level of activity and body composition.
You may consult directly with athletes or work alongside other professionals in a sporting club or an elite training institute.
You need to be aware that as a Nutritionist you cannot work in a hospital or be referred to by doctors and you cannot claim Medicare or health fund rebates. These can only be done if you are a Dietician.
To qualify as a Dietician it is necessary to complete the Master of Dietetics. If you wish to do this you should include biochemistry, biochemistry metabolism and food composition in your undergraduate studies. For further information contact: Dieticians Association of Australia or the School of Exercise and Nutrition Science .
Skills and attributes
You will need to demonstrate the following skills and attributes to gain employment in sports nutrition:
- enjoy food and food preparation
- interested in health and wellbeing
- good communication and interpersonal skills
- teamwork skills
- aptitude for science and research
- initiative and problem-solving skills
- An ability to apply peer-reviewed research and regulation in the area of sports supplements
Related roles include:
- Health Promotion Practitioner
- Dietary Aide
- Weight Loss Counsellor
- Public Health officer
- Product buyer
- Sales representative (food/Health products industry)
- Nutrition Project officer
Salary and job outlook
You can learn more about graduate salaries and graduates job outcomes for sports nutrition graduates at Graduate Careers Australia.
Look at industry trends and employment prospects by visiting Australian Government Job Outlook.
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