How to become a 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
- public health
- health promotion
You'll usually need:
- 2 or 3 A levels, or equivalent, including biology or chemistry
- a degree in a relevant subject for postgraduate study
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
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.
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