A Nutrition Assistant is a specialist that uses diagnostic procedures to identify nutrition deficiencies in patients. They work closely with nutritionists and dietitians to improve the well-being of patients through proper nutrition. Nutritionists need to determine their patients' needs through interviewing them and giving them the best meal plans after assessing all risk factors. They must also monitor their progress through follow-ups.
A Nutrition assistant interacts directly with patients to note their habits and lifestyles, enabling them to make informed decisions. They can find work in hospitals, outpatient clinics, rehabilitation centers, schools, health clubs, or assisted living facilities. A successful nutrition assistant should be equipped with nutritional experience, communication skills, and organizational skills.
Nutrition assistants work an average of 40 hours a week, Monday to Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 a.m. Some Nutrition assistants work independently when called by physicians or dieticians.