Dietitians diagnose and treat people with nutrition problems and help people make healthy lifestyle and dietary decisions.

Day-to-day tasks

  • assess the nutritional needs of individuals, families or groups
  • create treatment plans to improve nutrition and overall health
  • give practical and sensitive dietary advice, tailored to people's needs
  • monitor people's progress towards healthy eating targets
  • create and update confidential clinical records

Skills and Knowledge

  • active listening skills
  • knowledge of biology
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • excellent verbal communication skills

Industry Qualifications

You can get into this job through a university course working towards this role.

You'll need a degree or postgraduate qualification in dietetics or human nutrition, accredited by the British Dietetic Association.

You could work as a dietetic assistant and study part-time for a degree to qualify as a dietitian.

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