Nutritionist need to be reasonably fit and healthy because they need to act as role models for the people they are giving advice to.
There are few traits and qualities which a Nutritionist should possess:
* Skills and Knowledge:
o Food and its nutrients, including the nutrients needed for human health
o How food is digested and absorbed
o Science, including physiology, biochemistry and nutrition
o Analyze how patients may respond to advice and treatment
o Latest health and nutrition research techniques
o Food preparation techniques
o Different cultures, and an understanding of their beliefs and protocols relating to food
o Public health systems
o Business and management skills, including the ability to manage people and resources
o Communication skills
o Planning, time management and organizational skills.
o Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
* Personal Qualities:
o Self Motivation
o Confidence Building — Able to inspire confidence in others
o Personal Interest — Interested in science and food.
o Team Worker — Need to be a good team worker, who enjoys working with people and helping them.
o Patience — Have to be mature, tactful and sensitive, with good motivational skills and boundless patience.
o Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
o Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.
o Time Management — Managing one’s own time and the time of others.
o Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
o Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
o Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
o Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
o Originality — The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
o Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
o Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
o Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
o Assisting and Caring for Others — Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
o Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.