The Nutritionist is a health professional who is dedicated to the promotion, recovery and maintenance of health through nutrition. To practice the profession, it is necessary to have higher education in a bachelor’s degree course in Nutrition at an institution recognized by the MEC and obtain professional registration at the Regional Council of Nutritionists (CRN) in your jurisdiction.
Among the main areas of activity of the nutritionist, we can mention:
- Public health
- nutrition education
- industrial restaurants
- sports clubs
- Marketing and food industry.
Professional Minimum Salary of the Nutritionist
The salary floor of nutritionists varies in each federative unit in Brazil. Depending on the collective agreements and conventions of each union, the professional minimum wage of a nutritionist may also vary depending on the area of specialization, professional experience, degree and sector of the economy.
Here are some examples of the salary floor:
- Alagoas: BRL 2,119
- Ceará: BRL 2,383
- Federal District: BRL 2,761
- Maranhão: BRL 2,730
- Minas Gerais: BRL 1,997
- Pernambuco: BRL 2,809
- Paraná: BRL 2,324
- São Paulo: BRL 2,856
The nutritionist does not necessarily receive a fixed salary, but can work as a self-employed person and run his own clinic or office. To guide these professionals, the National Federation of Nutritionists publishes a Table of Fees with minimum reference values for a series of activities of these professionals, such as:
- National Reference Floor (for 44 hours per week): R$2,770
- Technical hour: BRL 103
- Clinical Consultation: BRL 137
- Home Care: R$275
- Training in Nutrition and Dietetics: R$ 103/hour
There is a bill in progress related to the role of nutritionists and their remuneration: PL 6819/2010 defends a maximum workload of 30 hours a week for nutritionists, seeks to regulate the minimum number of nutritionists in certain areas of activity and provides for the payment of an additional of unhealthy conditions for these professionals.
Nutritionist salary average
According to the salary table published by the Catho job site, the average salary of a nutritionist in Brazil is R$2,447, which can vary according to the position held, the type of company where he works, experience and location. Here are some examples of the nutritionist’s national average salary:
- Clinical Nutritionist: R$ 2,400
- Nutrition Trainee: BRL 1,201
- Production Nutritionist: BRL 2,281
- Commercial Nutritionist: BRL 2311
- Nutrition Supervisor: BRL 2,880
- Quality Nutritionist: R$2,357
- Sports Nutritionist: R$ 2,022
The National Employment Site (Sine) has a salary survey based on the professional’s experience and the contracting company’s door. Check out:
- Small business: R$1,635
- Average company: BRL 2,126
- Large company: BRL 2,764
- Small business: R$ 2,044
- Average company: BRL 2,657
- Large company: R$3,455
- Small business: BRL 2,555
- Average company: BRL 3,322
- Large company: BRL 4,319
- Small business: BRL 3,194
- Average company: BRL 4,152
- Large company: BRL 5,398
- Small business: R$3,993
- Average company: BRL 5,191
- Large company: BRL 6,748
About the Nutritionist’s career
In the last two decades, the nutrition career has been growing significantly. Greater concern on the part of the population with the safety and quality of food, with disorders related to eating and with the promotion of quality of life through healthy eating contributed to the growth in demand for these professionals.
In addition to clinical nutrition, which works mainly in offices and clinics in the prevention and treatment of food-related illnesses and in the use of food for health promotion, the nutritionist can choose to work in areas such as:
- Collective Food: includes school meals, worker food, industrial restaurants, etc.
- Public Health: development of institutional programs and policies, health surveillance, primary health care units, support groups, clinics, etc.
- Academic career: teaching, research, extension, course coordination.
- Food industry: product development, quality control.
- Sports Nutrition: to promote, restore and maintain the health and performance of amateur and athletic athletes in clubs, gyms, teams and sporting events.
According to the Federal Council of Nutritionists, there are 98,653 registered professionals in Brazil.