Nutritionists help to advance an understanding of how diet affects the health and well being of people and animals. Unlike dieticians who primarily work with people who are ill, nutritionists mostly work with people who are healthy.
You’ll work in non-clinical public and private settings such as:
- educational and research institutions
- food retailers and manufacturers
- local authorities
- the media
- the health services
- overseas aid
- sports organizations.
- create, deliver and evaluate a range of practical and educational food-based initiatives to encourage healthy lifestyle changes
- support individuals, communities and workforce’s, to make positive, practical changes to their food choices and general health
- advise sports professionals on how diet can optimize their performance, enhance recovery from injury and achieve optimum body size and build for their sport
- deliver presentations and workshops on areas such as health education/promotion, behavioural and lifestyle change, weight management and eating for performance
- provide nutritional information for food production and help to secure approval for health claims on packaging
- develop and analyze menus, e.g. for school meals, sports teams on tour, residential care settings and workplace restaurants
- provide specialist advice on healthy eating to particular client groups, such as maternal, infant or elderly, and work in specific areas like bone health and salt or sugar reduction
- promote nutritional advice via the press, website content, e-learning tutorials and webinars, seminars, audio and video podcasts and social media
- review literature and undertake market research and product surveys
- write reports and publish papers
- conduct dietary surveys, food research and clinical trials to develop and enhance the evidence base
- advocate change, and lead on and write policy.
To become a nutritionist it is necessary to gain a degree in nutritional science, dietetics, or food science; or alternatively a life sciences degree that incorporates human physiology and biochemistry.
Undergraduate degree programmes available in areas of nutrition also include the following:
- animal nutrition
- global/international nutrition
- human nutrition
- nutrition and exercise
- nutrition and food science
- public health nutrition
- sports nutrition.
- an aptitude for science
- good communication skills including verbal, presentation and written
- passion, enthusiasm and empathy
- the ability to encourage and motivate others
- effective team working skills
- the capability to multitask and work independently
- time management skills
- proficiency in data research, evaluation and reporting
- self-motivation and a good head for business, particularly if setting up your own consultancy
- commitment to continuing professional development.