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Nutritional therapist

Nutritional therapists help people by giving advice on diet and nutrition.

Potential salary
variable
Working hours
37 to 39 variable
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • active listening skills
  • customer service skills
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • knowledge of biology
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to work well with others
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

As part of this role, you could:

  • take a detailed medical history
  • conduct tests using hair samples and allergy testing
  • encourage clients to understand the link between diet and their own future health

You’ll then give advice on:

  • which foods to remove or increase from their diet
  • whether to take vitamin or mineral supplements
  • lifestyle changes they should make

You could work at a client's home, at a GP practice or in a therapy clinic.

With experience you could move into teaching or research.

You can find more about careers in nutritional therapy from the British Association for Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine and the Naturopathic Nutrition Association.

Data from National Careers Service.
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