Nutritionists use their scientific knowledge of food to give information and advice about the effects of diet and nutrition on health and wellbeing.

Annual Salary

£20,000 to £50,000

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

Working hours


Future employment

There will be 5% more Nutritionist jobs in 2023.
In your local area

What's it all about?

You’ll work closely with dieticians and other health professionals, like pharmacists, GPs, and hospital or community diet and nutrition teams.

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

Nutritionists don’t give dietary advice to individual patients or work directly with patients without supervision. This is done by a state registered dietitian.

Most nutritionists are registered with the Association for Nutrition (AfN).

To register, you’ll usually need one of the following:

  • an AfN approved degree or postgraduate qualification in nutrition or public health nutrition
  • 7 years’ professional experience in nutrition

The Nutrition Society has more information about becoming a nutritionist.

£20,000 to £50,000

Starter salary: £20,000 or more

Experienced salary: up to £35,000

These figures are a guide.


You’ll usually work Monday to Friday. You could work in hospitals, local health clinics or GP surgeries.

You could specialise in sports nutrition by taking a further relevant postgraduate degree and joining the voluntary Sport and Exercise Nutrition Register (SENr). 

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:

  • excellent communication skills
  • a non-judgemental attitude
  • the ability to inspire and motivate people
  • evaluation and reporting skills
  • time management and organisation skills
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