Job prospects Registered Dietitian (RD) in Canada
People working as a registered dietitian (RD) have different job prospects depending on where they work in Canada. Find out what the future holds for them in your province or territory. These prospects are applicable to all Dietitians and nutritionists (NOC 3132).
Note that these employment prospects were published in December 2019 based on information available at that time. You can read our new special report to learn about the impact of COVID-19 on some occupations in your province or territory. You can also visit the Canadian Online Job Posting Dashboard to find the latest data on the demand and work requirements for this occupation.
Job opportunities over the next 3 years
Explore future job prospects by province and territory.
|Newfoundland and Labrador||Undetermined Undetermined|
|Prince Edward Island||Undetermined Undetermined|
|Nova Scotia||Fair Fair|
|New Brunswick||Fair Fair|
|British Columbia||Fair Fair|
|Yukon Territory||Undetermined Undetermined|
|Northwest Territories||Undetermined Undetermined|
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Labour market conditions over the next 10 years
Take a closer look at the projected labour demand and supply for this occupation over the 2019-2028 period. For more information on future job trends, go to the Canadian Occupational Projections System.
BALANCE: Labour demand and labour supply are expected to be broadly in line for this occupation group over the 2019-2028 period at the national level. The section below contains more detailed information regarding the outlook for this occupational group.
Employment in 2018
Median age of workers in 2018
Average retirement age in 2018
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 (2019-2028) 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 2019-2028. 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 2016-2018 period, employment in this occupational group increased at a faster pace than the average of all occupations. The unemployment rate fell to 1.2% in 2018, well below the national average of 5.8%. However, despite the fall in the unemployment rate there were still almost two unemployed workers per job vacancy in 2018, indicating that a lack of available workers is unlikely to have limited employment growth. 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 2019-2028, new job openings (arising from expansion demand and replacement demand) are expected to total 4,900 , while 4,900 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 2019-2028 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 job creation. 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 management of illnesses such as diabetes and celiac disease. 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 2009-2018 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 and 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.
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