Nutritionist

Nutritionists pass on scientific food knowledge and advice about the effects of diet and nutrition on health and wellbeing.

Average salary (a year)

£24,214 Starter

to

£37,267 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

37 to 39 a week

You could work

between 8am and 6pm

How to become a nutritionist

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course

University

You'll usually need a degree or postgraduate qualification approved by the Association for Nutrition.

Approved courses include:

  • food and nutrition
  • biochemistry
  • physiology
  • public health
  • health promotion

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 or 3 A levels, including a biological science for a degree
  • a degree in a relevant subject for postgraduate study

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Volunteering and experience

You'll find it helpful to get some paid or voluntary experience in the NHS before you apply for a course.

You could also contact the voluntary services co-ordinator at your local NHS trust for further advice.

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Professional and industry bodies

You can register with the Association for Nutrition to join the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists for professional recognition.

Further information

You can find out more about careers in nutrition from the Association for Nutrition and Health Careers.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses
  • customer service skills
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to read English
  • the ability to work well with others
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day duties might include:

  • practical nutrition research projects
  • recruiting volunteers to take part in trials
  • processing and analysing biological samples
  • raising awareness and educating colleagues in the health field
  • aiming healthy eating campaigns at particular groups

Working environment

You could work in an NHS or private hospital, at a health centre or at a GP practice.

Career path and progression

You could specialise in sports nutrition by taking a relevant postgraduate degree.

With experience, you could progress into management and policy development.

Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

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Courses In England

Pre-Access: Full Science

  • Provider: CITY OF LIVERPOOL COLLEGE
  • Start date: 23 September 2019
  • Location: LIVERPOOL

Access to Science - Higher Education Diploma

  • Provider: BLACKPOOL AND THE FYLDE COLLEGE
  • Start date: 01 September 2020
  • Location: Blackpool

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