A dietitian is an expert in dietetics; that is, human nutrition and the regulation of diet. A dietitian alters their patient’s nutrition based upon their medical condition and individual needs.
Dietitians are regulated healthcare professionals licensed to assess, diagnose, and treat nutritional problems.
Where To Study Dietetics In South Africa?
You can study Dietetics after Matric/Grade 12 at the following universities in South Africa:
Sefako Makgatho University
University of KwaZulu Natal
University of Limpopo
University of Free State
North West Univesity
University of Pretoria
University of the Western Cape
Nelson Mandela University
What are the requirements to Study Ditetics?
If studying dietetics as an undergraduate programme, admission requirements include a National Senior Certificate, with Mathematics and Physical Sciences. Some institutions also require Life Sciences, so check the admission requirements at the university you are interested in to be sure you meet the requirements.
What skills are needed for this career?
A career in dietetics will suit those who:
- are interested in food and health
- enjoy and have a flair for science
- would be fulfilled by a caring, helpful profession
- are lifelong learners who are attentive to the on-going developments in science
- can translate scientific knowledge into practical advice
- are comfortable in the role of the expert and like sharing knowledge with others
- have strong inter- and intrapersonal skills
- have a positive attitude and the ability to motivate others
- have empathy, understanding and tact
What are the typical starting salary and general earning potential thereafter?
Community service is a year of compulsory employment with the Department of Health after qualification, required in order to register and practice as a Dietitian in South Africa.
A dietitian employed by the Department of Health in a community service position earns R 205 650 p.a. plus 37% in lieu of benefits, before deductions. This level subsequently increases based on years of experience.
In private practice, it depends on how busy your practice is, but with putting an effort into marketing, you can make a good living in the private and corporate sectors.