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Nutritional therapist

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Nutritional therapists help people by giving advice on diet, nutrition and lifestyle.

Average salary (a year)


Typical hours (a week)

37 to 42 variable

You could work

freelance / self-employed managing your own hours

How to become

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How to become Nutritional therapist

You can get into this job through a university course.


You'll improve your employment prospects if you get a qualification that is recognised by one of the professional organisations for nutritional therapy.

The Nutritional Therapy Education Commission accredits courses in nutritional therapy at undergraduate degree, postgraduate diploma and master's level.

When choosing a course, make sure that you:

  • understand if the course is online, face-to face or a mix of the two
  • find out how much clinical experience you’ll get on the course
  • check your course has a good reputation

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
  • a degree in a relevant subject for postgraduate study

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Career tips

Many nutritional therapists are self-employed.

When you start, you might need to work longer hours to get more clients and build up your reputation.

You may find it useful to train in related types of therapy to increase the number of clients that you see.

Further information

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What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • active listening skills
  • customer service skills
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • knowledge of biology
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to work well with others
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

As a nutritional therapist, you could:

  • talk to clients about their diet, health and lifestyle
  • carry out tests
  • discuss test results and agree on a treatment plan
  • monitor a client's progress
  • refer clients on to other healthcare services when necessary

Working environment

You could work at a client's home, at a GP practice or in a therapy clinic.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

Once you are established, you could:

  • specialise in working with people with specific medical conditions like arthritis or chronic fatigue
  • expand your business to offer other therapy services
  • move into teaching, write about nutritional therapy or do research

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

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Courses In England

Food Science and Nutrition

  • Start date: 01 September 2024
  • Location: Rickmansworth

Food Science and Nutrition

  • Start date: 01 September 2024
  • Location: Ilkley

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