Becoming a Nutritionist

The work of a nutritionist is very varied. This means that there is no one clear pathway into the profession.

A good place to start is to think about the sort of work you would like to do, as this may help guide you. These resources should give you an idea of possible roles:

What qualifications will I need?

This will depend on the career you have in mind. Many professional careers require at least an undergraduate degree (BSc) in nutritional science or a related subject, and possibly further postgraduate study too. Try looking at advertised roles that interest you to see what qualifications and experience employers are looking for.

Find out about nutrition training.

Becoming a Registered Nutritionist (RNutr)

Many employers advertise for nutritionists who are registered with the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists (UKVRN). In order to register you need to be able to demonstrate that you meet the underpinning knowledge and professional skills required.

Usually this would require you to have obtained at least a BSc (Hons) in Nutrition or related bioscience degree, or to demonstrate significant professional experience (usually around seven years) if you do not have a nutrition degree.

Find out more about the UKVRN.

Useful links

The Nutrition Society

The British Nutrition Foundation

www.nutrition2me.com is the website of Complete Nutrition, a magazine with jobs and updates on nutrition and health

www.NHDmag.com is a bi-monthly magazine for nutrition professionals

www.prospects.ac.uk gives advice for graduate job seekers

www.healthjobsuk.com holds a list of job opportunities within the NHS

www.neuvoo.co.uk is a website that collates job adverts in the field of nutrition science

www.biology4all.com is a website with information on biology courses and links to websites advertising jobs

NHS Careers has information on working within the NHS