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How to become a Nutritionist

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Are you interested in a career in science? Do you love food and know all about the importance of healthy eating? Then you could make a great Nutritionist.

Nutritionists do research on food and health-related matters so they can pass on knowledge that will improve people's wellbeing. You could work in the media, in the product development section of the food industry or even in the NHS.

It's important to point out that Nutritionists aren't there to advise individual patients about their diets - if you want to do this, you'll need to be a Dietitian instead.

A typical Nutritionist's day will include:

  • Looking for volunteers to participate in experiments
  • Carry out practical tests to challenge hypotheses
  • Analysing biological samples as part of food trials
  • Writing about healthy eating for the attention of particular groups
  • Giving talks on eating, health and wellbeing

You need to have a good knowledge of science to be a Nutritionist, but also be able to relate to a range of different people regardless of their background. Excellent interpersonal and motivational skills are also essential.

Other key skills a good nutritionist will have include:

  • Great communication skills
  • An ability to present information in a clear and concise manner
  • A non-judgemental attitude
  • Knowledge on all kinds of health and food-related topics
  • A highly motivational disposition to encourage different demographics to make changes

"I have always been interested in health-related news and research, so I was thrilled when I found there was such a thing as a Nutritionist. The role allows me to explore my fascination with this subject, but also team it with the human interaction side of things. I love knowing that my work could help people to make decisions that might ultimately lead them towards a healthier lifestyle."

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