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Nutritionist

What is a Nutritionist?

Nutritionists provide evidence-based information and guidance on the impacts of food and nutrition on the health and wellbeing of people. Nutritionists have a good understanding of nutritional science making them more likely to work within research, the food industry, community projects, and preventative health.

What qualifies someone as a Nutritionist?

Nutritionists are qualified at Nutritionist degree level (BSc) or higher and have to be members of the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists (UKVRN) if they want to use the title 'Registered Nutritionist' (RNutr). Being a Nutritionist allows you to use your expertise in diet and food sciences to help clients with specific dietary requirements and goals. To do this at the Nutritionist level they have to be degree qualified.

Key scope of a Dietician

Dietician's are qualified at Nutritionist degree level and normally work within:

  • Clinical enviroments
  • Work with medical conditions
  • Diet related research

Key scope of a Nutritionist

Nutritionist are qualified at Nutritionist degree level and normally work within:

  • Work within research
  • The food industry
  • Preventative health
  • Community projects

What do you need to study before doing a Nutritionist degree?

Every university will have their own entry requirements for a nutrition degree, so it is best to check with the institution you are interested in applying to. You will normally need to have at least a B grade in biology plus at least one other subject such as applied science, chemistry, physics, or maths.

Can you be a Nutritionist without a degree in the UK?

The only way to become a qualified Nutritionist is to study for a degree in nutrition at a University. Most careers will require at least an undergraduate degree (BSc), registered nutritionist (RNutr) with nutrition specialism in public health, nutrition science, sport & exercise, food or animal nutrition.

What are the pro's & con's of being a Nutritionist

Pros

  • • It is very rewarding as you are actively helping people eat healthier, lose weight and improve their general health

  • • It is a well-paid job, with a wide scope of practice.

  • •As a Nutritionist you could have the opportunity to be self-employed or work for an organisation such as the NHS or in a food company.
  • Cons
    • • It can take between 3-4 years to full qualify as a nutritionist.

    • • Nutritionist degree can be expensive and will cost in the region of £30,000

    • •It can be a challenging job as helping people to change their eating behaviour can be difficult and timely

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