Therapy

Nutritional therapist

Nutritional therapists help people by giving advice on diet and nutrition.

Annual Salary

Variable

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

Working hours

Variable

6%
Future employment

There will be 6% more Nutritional therapist jobs in 2023.
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What's it all about?

You’ll have consultations with people of all ages, about problems relating to issues with their skin, digestion, stress, migraine, and allergies.

These will involve:

  • taking a detailed medical history
  • conducting tests using hair samples and allergy testing
  • encouraging clients to understand the link between diet and their own future health

You’ll then give advice on:

  • which foods to remove or increase from their diet
  • whether to take vitamin or mineral supplements
  • lifestyle changes they should make

You’ll need a recognised degree or diploma in nutritional science or nutritional therapy.




You’ll also need to make sure your course is recognised by a professional body, like the Nutritional Therapy Education Commission (NTEC) or the British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT).



It may help to also become a member of professional body, like the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC).

Variable

Your salary will depend on the hours you work and the number of clients you see. 

You’ll typically charge an hourly rate of between £40 and £120.



These figures are a guide.

Variable

Most nutritional therapists are self employed, so you’ll set your own hours. You may need to provide evening and weekend appointments to meet the needs of your patients.

You’ll usually work from consulting and treatment rooms at your home, an alternative therapy centre, natural health clinic or GP surgery. You might also visit patients in their own homes.

With experience you could move into teaching or research.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You’ll need:

  • excellent communication and listening skills
  • understanding and sensitivity
  • a logical approach to problem solving
  • the ability to communicate complex information to clients
  • time management skills
  • awareness of when to refer a client to another medical practitioner
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