Dietitians have become increasingly important in both the private and public sectors.

They work in various settings:

  • Private practice and therapeutic settings
    They consult clients / patients on nutrition therapy and / or work in a hospital as part of a health care team. They can also have private practices with attention to sport, babies and / or senior citizens.
  • Industry
    They share their expertise by working in the field of health care, food or pharmaceutical industries.
  • Community
    They work in community health facilities providing nutrition therapy for specific health conditions; promote healthy eating and monitor and manage food services in institutions e.g. schools and homes for the aged.
  • Food management
    They manage the provision of healthy and specialised diets in health care facilities, correctional services, welfare care facilities and schools.

Professional body

Dietitians register with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA).

A few other Associate bodies for Dietitians are Associations for Dietetics in South Africa (ADSA) or Nutrition Society of South Africa (NSSA)