Medical

Dietitian

Dietitians diagnose and treat people with nutrition problems, and help people make healthy lifestyle and diet decisions.

Annual Salary

£22,000 to £41,500

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

Working hours

35 to 40

What's it all about?

In the NHS, you could be based at a hospital or in the community.

In a hospital, your job would involve:

  • specialising in an area like children's health, renal dietetics or cancer care
  • running clinics for people with diabetes or eating disorders, like anorexia or bulimia
  • working with catering services to create menus for patients with a range of dietary needs

In the community, you could be:

  • raising awareness of the importance of healthy eating
  • running health promotion workshops
  • advising people who lack confidence, have depression, or are on a low income

You'll work with other health professionals and nutritionists. You may also supervise the work of dietetic assistants.

You'll need:

Courses are full time and usually take 3 to 4 years.

The British Dietetic Association and Health Careers have information on becoming a dietitian.

£22,000 to £41,500

Starter salary: £22,000 to £28,000

Experienced salary: £35,000

You may get extra money for working irregular hours or being on-call.

These figures are a guide.

35 to 40

You'll work 35 to 40 hours a week. You may need to work some weekends.

You'll usually work in a consulting room attached to a clinic, health centre or hospital.

With experience you could become a team leader or department manager. 

You could also become self-employed.

You might take further training to use your skills in education, manufacturing, research, journalism, marketing, advertising or public relations.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You'll need:

  • excellent communication skills
  • motivational skills
  • organisational skills
  • business skills if you're working as a freelancer
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