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Dietitians & Nutritionists

Descriptions & Duties

  • Dietitians & Nutritionists advise, plan and implement nutritional programmes. They are responsible for assessing nutritional needs, diet restrictions and current health conditions of patients and clients so as to develop and implement dietary plans, planning and conducting nutrition assessments, intervention programmes, and educating patients and clients to improve nutritional levels, designing menus, supervising preparation and serving of meals, monitoring food intake and quality to provide nutritional care, maintaining and recording progress of clients or patients to determine the need for diet modifications.

Generic Competencies

Physical Abilities

Physical abilities

  • Physical strength
  • Eye hand coordination / precision / dexterity


Importance:1 (Max:5) 

Skill is rarely required


Technology Skills

Technology skills

  • Computer literacy
  • Application of technology


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Cognitive Abilities

Cognitive abilities

  • Creativity
  • Visualisation
  • Logical thinking


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Comprehension And Expression

Comprehension and expression skills

  • Reading comprehension
  • Oral / written expression


Importance:5 (Max:5) 

Skill is required all the time


Social Skills

Social skills

  • Communication
  • Negotiation
  • Persuasion


Importance:5 (Max:5) 

Skill is required all the time


Organisation And Execution Skills

Organisation and execution skills

  • Planning
  • Organising
  • Judgement
  • Decision making


Importance:4 (Max:5) 

Skill is frequently required


Problem Solving Skills

Problem solving skills

  • Ability to solve simple and complex problems effectively and efficiently


Importance:5 (Max:5) 

Skill is required all the time


Management Skills

Management skills

  • Leadership
  • Management of finance / time / people / other resources


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Trade Specific Competencies

Therapy & counselling knowledge and skills

Dietitians & Nutritionists must apply the knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for counselling patients and their families and providing advices and plans on nutrition issues.

General Requirements

Academic qualification

  • A bachelor's degree in dietetics, foods and nutrition, food service systems management, clinical nutrition, or related area. A postgraduate diploma or a master of science degree in Human Nutrition and Dietetics, or equivalent.

Professional qualification

  • A registered dietitian of Commission of Dietetic Registration, American Dietetic Association; or a registered dietitian of Health & Care Professions Council (UK); or a registered dietitian of Provincial Registration, Dietitians of Canada; or an accredited practising dietitians of Dietitians Association of Australia Being accredited dietitians of the Hong Kong Dietitians Association is preferable

Career Path & Salary

Private Sector

Monthly Salary $30,000-$60,000

Monthly Salary $40,000-$80,000

Monthly Salary $50,000-$110,000

Government Sector

Monthly Salary Master Pay Scale Point 16-33

Monthly Salary Master Pay Scale Point 34-44

*For more details on Civil Service Pay Scales, please visit website of the Civil Service Bureau.

Related Education & Training

Work Environment

  • Dietitians & Nutritionists mostly work in Hospital Authority and Department of Health of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government. They may also work in university health promotion centres, non-government healthcare organisations, sports institute, food and nutrition companies or as private practitioner. They usually work regular business hours, but sometimes may work evenings and weekends to meet with clients.


  • Bodyweight measuring scales - Hydrostatic weighing machines
  • Calorimeters - Metabolic carts
  • Glucose monitors or meters

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