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Nutritional therapist

Nutritional therapists help improve and maintain health and wellbeing through diet and nutrition.
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What does a nutritional therapist do?

Nutritional therapists help people improve and maintain their health and wellbeing through diet and nutrition. You’ll need to know a lot about nutrition and diet, as well as having good communication skills, as you’ll be dealing with a wide range of clients. 


What do I need to do to become a nutritional therapist?

You don’t need a degree to practise as a nutritional therapist, as there are no specific entry requirements. But you must belong to a professional association and have valid insurance.

A qualification in one of the following subjects may be helpful:

  • dietetics
  • food science or technology
  • health studies
  • human biology
  • nutrition
  • pharmacy
  • sports science

Depending on your specialism of choice — dietary, naturopathic or biochemical therapy — there are different levels of qualification available at diploma, degree and master's levels.

Make sure the course you take is accredited by a professional body such as the Nutritional Therapy Education Commission (NTEC) and the British Association for Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine (BANT).

This will allow you optional entry onto the accredited voluntary register held by the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC).


Related skills

  • Business management
  • Communication
  • Customer service
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Problem solving
  • Time management

Academic route

  • A levels, at least one in science

Vocational route

Vocational courses, e.g. BTEC National applied science

Related subjects

  • Biology
  • Food technology

Essential qualifications

  • You don’t need a degree to practise as a nutritional therapist, as there are no specific entry requirements. But you must belong to a professional association and have valid insurance.

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Where could I be working?

You will be working indoors, and could be self-employed or working for a small company. You may visit people in their homes, or you may work for a small clinic.

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