Medical nutrition representatives are responsible for providing medical nutrition information and advice in a variety of formats and environments. Those in this position must have strong interpersonal skills to interact with a variety of patients and their families and inform them of their nutrition and medical options; they must also be well-organized and pay close attention to detail. They generally participate in a variety of nutrition programs, offer valid information when offering different products or services on behalf of their company, and use a personal computer to keep accurate records for patients, their nutritional data, and future alternatives to offer.
Medical nutrition representatives often report to a medical nutrition supervisor within their department, and their work focuses on developing and conducting nutrition sessions to inform the general public about various medical and nutritional topics. Other responsibilities providing nutrition services to accommodate patient needs, keeping and opening new accounts to generate more business for their organization, promoting and maintaining brand loyalty, and participating in company meetings to help improve and optimize patient interactions.
These representatives must have professional but friendly attitudes to participate in training and coaching sessions and provide effective nutritional and medical advice to both clients and potential clients. They may also be in charge of ordering new supplies to distribute as-needed on behalf of their employer.
A bachelor's degree in nutrition or a related field is often required for this position, and prior work experience in a medical setting is highly beneficial. Industry certifications are also helpful.