Nutritionists use their scientific knowledge of food to give information and advice about the effects of diet and nutrition on health and wellbeing.Job Category:
What you will do:
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.
- knowledge of biology
- knowledge of training and educating
- to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
As well as:
- sensitivity and understanding
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- the ability to work well with others (teamwork skills)
- the ability to work on your own (drive)
- thinking and reasoning skills
- patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
Most nutritionists in the UK 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
Working Hours and Environment:
You’ll usually work Monday to Friday. You could work in hospitals, local health clinics or GP surgeries.
Career Path & Progression:
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.