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Nutritionist

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

Annual Salary

£24,907 to £37,890

Average UK salary in 2018 was £29,588
(source Office for National Statistics)

Working hours

37 to 39 a week

You could work: between 8am and 6pm;

6%
Future employment

There will be 6% more Nutritionist jobs in 2024.
In your local area

What's it all about?

Day to day tasks

As part of your day-to-day duties, you might:

  • undertake practical nutrition research projects
  • recruit volunteers to take part in trials
  • process and analyse biological samples
  • raise awareness and educate colleagues in the health field
  • aim 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.

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, or equivalent, including biology for a degree
  • a degree in a relevant subject for postgraduate study
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Volunteering and work 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.

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

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

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You'll need:

  • knowledge of training and educating
  • 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
  • the ability to work on your own
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
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