Nutritionists pass on scientific food knowledge and advice about the effects of diet and nutrition on health and wellbeing.
Salary range: £24,214 to £27,267
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 for a degree
- a degree in a relevant subject for postgraduate study
- equivalent entry requirements
- student finance for fees and living costs
- university courses and entry requirements
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.
Professional and industry bodies
You can register with the Association for Nutrition to join the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists for professional recognition.
What it takes
Skills and knowledge
- 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
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
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.