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Note: The projections were developed for 292 occupational groupings that cover the entire workforce, using the 2016 National Occupational Classification (NOC). For additional information on these groupings, please visit the COPS Occupational Groupings' Definition.  For more information about the methodology used to assess each occupation, please click here.

Search Result : Dietitians and nutritionists (3132)

Occupational Outlook
BALANCE: Labour demand and labour supply are expected to be broadly in line for this occupation group over the 2017-2026 period at the national level. The section below contains more detailed information regarding the outlook for this occupational group.
Occupations in this Group
  • Dietitians and nutritionists (3132)
Skill Type
Health occupations
Skill Level
Occupations usually require university education.
Employment in 2016
12,200
Median Age of workers in 2016
39.6 years old
Estimated Median Age of Retirement in 2016
65 years old

In order to determine the expected outlook of an occupation, the magnitude of the difference between the projected total numbers of new job seekers and job openings over the whole projection period (2017-2026) is analyzed in conjunction with an assessment of labour market conditions in recent years. The intention is to determine if recent labour market conditions (surplus, balance or shortage) are expected to persist or change over the period 2017-2026. For instance, if the analysis of key labour market indicators suggests that the number of job seekers was insufficient to fill the job openings (a shortage of workers) in an occupational group in recent years, the projections are used to assess if this situation will continue over the projection period or if the occupation will move towards balanced conditions.

Over the 2014-2016 period, employment in this occupational group increased at a similar pace than the average of all occupations. The unemployment rate remained stable at 2.4% in 2016, well below the national average of 7.0%. The increase in the average hourly wage was similar to the national average over this period. Hence, analysis of key labour market indicators suggests that the number of job seekers was sufficient to fill the job openings in this occupational group.

For Dietitians and nutritionists, over the period 2017-2026, new job openings (arising from expansion demand and replacement demand) are expected to total 4,200, while 4,200 new job seekers (arising from school leavers, immigration and mobility) are expected to be available to fill them.

As job openings and job seekers are projected to be relatively similar over the 2017-2026 period, it is expected that the balance between labour supply and demand seen in recent years will continue over the projection period. Job openings are projected to arise mostly from expansion demand. Employment growth is expected to be higher than average and to generate almost 60% of all new job openings. Over the last decade, the accelerated growth stemmed from the active promotion of healthy living habits towards improving the overall health and the prevention of illnesses such as diabetes. Furthermore, the combat against obesity and the stronger desire to improve physical performance and appearance had a positive impact on the demand for nutritionists and dieticians. As a larger share of the population continue being educated into healthy living, this strong growth is expected to continue, although at a slower pace than during the 2007-2016 period. Retirements are expected to account for close to 30% of all new job openings. The retirement rate is projected to be among the lowest of all occupations. Workers in this occupational group are generally younger than the average, but also tend to retire at a later age in their career. With regard to labour supply, due to the highly specialized nature of this occupation, school leavers are expected to account for almost all of job seekers. A number or workers will leave this occupational grouping to seek opportunities in managerial positions in the health sector.

Projection of Cumulative Job Openings and Job Seekers over the Period of 2017-2026

This table contains data related to Projected Job Openings.
Level Share
Expansion Demand: 2,500 60%
Retirements: 1,200 29%
Other Replacement Demand: 300 7%
Emigration: 200 5%
Projected Job Openings: 4,200 100%
This table contains data related to Projected Job Seekers.
Level Share
School Leavers: 6,600 157%
Immigration: 600 14%
Other: -3,000 -71%
Projected Job Seekers: 4,200 100%
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