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Nutritionists teach patients and clients about the effects of food on their health, motivating them to make positive changes to their diet.

Average salary (a year)

£28,000 Starter


£43,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

37 to 39 a week

You could work

between 8am and 6pm

How to become

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How to become Nutritionist

You can get into this job through a university course,


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, or equivalent, including biology or chemistry
  • a degree in a relevant subject for postgraduate study

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You might want to get some paid or volunteering experience in the NHS. It could help you get a place on a university course.

You could also consider work experience in:

  • food safety
  • animal welfare
  • food poverty charities
  • sports and fitness
  • food manufacturing
  • university research laboratories

You can find volunteering opportunities through The National Council for Voluntary Organisations and Volunteer by Do IT.

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Career tips

There are some short courses available to help you decide whether nutrition is the right career for you.

You could take:

Professional and industry bodies

After university, you can apply to join the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists which proves you're a qualified or experienced nutritionist.

Further information

You can find out more about:

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • sensitivity and understanding
  • knowledge of biology
  • knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to work well with others
  • the ability to work on your own
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your exact day to day tasks will vary depending on where you work.

Generally, as a nutritionist you might:

  • complete research to learn more about a certain area of nutrition
  • recruit volunteers to take part in your research
  • process and analyse biological samples
  • provide scientific advice on healthy eating
  • work with hospital patients, supported by doctors, dieticians and nurses

Working environment

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

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

With experience or further training, you could:

  • specialise in an area, such as sports nutrition, public health or animal nutrition
  • supervise a team of nutritionists
  • manage whole projects or policies
  • find your own clients and become self employed

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Courses In England

Access to HE - Science

  • Provider: Harrow, Richmond & Uxbridge Colleges (HRUC)
  • Start date: 16 September 2024
  • Location: Twickenham

Access to HE: Science

  • Start date: 09 September 2024
  • Location: Ipswich

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