Nutritionist

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Nutritionists pass on scientific food knowledge and advice about the effects of diet and nutrition on health and well-being.

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

You will normally need:

  • 2 or 3 A levels, including a biological science for a degree
  • a degree in a relevant subject for postgraduate study

 

You will need the following 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

Your day-to-day tasks may 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.

The following salaries are a guide only:

  • Starter: £24,000 
  • Experienced: £38,000

 

Working Conditions

  • You’ll usually work Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm.  

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