Not enough jobs for graduating dietitians
Chances of getting a job are good for experienced dietitians.
However, opportunities for graduates are limited due to a lack of new dietitian positions in district health boards.
You can increase your chances of getting work by:
- joining Dietitians New Zealand and attending their branch meetings, conferences and professional development workshops
- using your clinical placement to work with a senior dietitian in an area of interest (such as diabetes)
- volunteering at district health boards or with Dietitians New Zealand to help run professional development workshops, or produce newsletters
- approaching private businesses that employ dietitians.
Skilled dietitians in demand
Dietitian appears on Immigration New Zealand's Green List. This means the Government is actively encouraging skilled dieticians from overseas to work in New Zealand.
According to the Census, 609 dietitians and 270 nutritionists worked in New Zealand in 2018.
Types of employers varied
Dietitians may be employed by:
- district health boards
- primary health organisations
- government organisations such as the Ministry of Health or New Zealand Food Safety
- non-governmental organisations such as the Heart Foundation or Cancer Society
- universities and polytechnics
- commercial or industrial organisations.
Dietitians may also work in private practice or be self-employed.