Dietitians diagnose and treat people with nutrition problems, and help people make healthy lifestyle and diet decisions.
1. Entry requirements
- an approved degree or postgraduate qualification in dietetics or human nutrition and dietetics
- registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
2. Skills required
- excellent communication skills
- motivational skills
- organisational skills
- business skills if you're working as a freelancer
3. What you'll do
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
Starter: £22,000 to £28,000
Highly Experienced: £41,500 (manager)
You may get extra money for working irregular hours or being on-call.
These figures are a guide.
5. Working hours, patterns and environment
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.
6. Career path and progression
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.
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Last updated: 11 April 2017