Studying nutrition as a career change

Many people choose to change career later in life, or find the degree course they studied does not lead to the job they would like. There is growing interest in nutrition, however the profession is becoming increasingly competitive to enter.

Some professional careers in nutrition require a degree in nutrition. Nutrition degrees are science degrees (BSc), and so they require an understanding of biology, chemistry and mathematics. As nutrition involves the in-depth study of metabolism and physiology, a strong interest in life sciences is essential.

There are also careers in the nutrition sector that do not require a nutrition degree. For example community and health workers at Levels 3 and 4 on the Public Health Skills and Career Framework, or roles which have an indirect nutrition focus.

The study route you choose will depend on the career you would like. For example, to become a Registered Nutritionist, you would normally need to get a BSc (Hons) or MSc in nutrition. If you are very new to the area of nutrition, you may find that doing a short course will give you an idea of whether the subject is right for you.

Our Becoming a Nutritionist page may help you decide on the correct route for you. You may be interested in university programmesshort courses, or distance learning.