How to Become a Dietitian

Become a Dietitian

In our review of different careers we take a look at how to become a qualified dietitian, a person who gives nutrition advice to members of the general public looking to lose weight and control their eating habits.

What Does a Dietitian Do?

Being a dietitian is an ideal job if you are passionate about the science of what food actually does to your body.

It is the job of a dietitian to use their expert knowledge on health and nutrition to assist people to eat a healthier diet for themselves whilst encouraging and motivating them.

There are several ways you might earn living as a dietitian.  You might offer one to one sessions with clients, run clinics for clients who need to eat a special diet, giving statements about new products or new research, offering advice on healthy lifestyles, running healthy eating campaigns, giving talks and presentations or conducting practical nutrition research projects. 

Is Becoming a Dietitian Right For Me?

A dietitian should possess the following skills:

  • Good communication skill.
  • Confidence - There is a lot of talking to be done.
  • A genuine interest in nutrition and health eating.
  • Good time management and organisational skills.
  • Non-judgemental.

How Much Can a Dietitian Earn?

As a dietitian, you can earn anywhere between £22,000 and £40,000 a year depending on skills and experience.

What Qualifications Do I Need To Become a Dietitian?

To work as a dietitian it is expected that you have a degree in nutrition or dietetics that is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council.