Having a degree in nutrition prepares you for what could be an exciting and varied career. The term “nutritionist” is not an easily defined role and does not cover a single area.
This means that there are any number of career paths open to you once you’ve graduated.
You could end up in roles including being a nutritionist for a hospital, local authority, or the government. You could also work internationally in developing countries helping to deliver aid and education about good nutrition.
Many nutritionists work on a self-employed basis offering nutritional advice, guidance, and information to individuals or athletes, and sports teams.
You could find yourself working in the food production industry offering advice to some of the biggest names in food. For example, we’ve heard of one Oxford Brookes nutrition graduate who is now working as an advisor to Jamie Oliver.
There are also plenty of opportunities for further study and research roles after graduation so you could find yourself part of some ground breaking nutritional discoveries.
The most common route into becoming a qualified nutritionist is to study an undergraduate degree.
As a qualified nutritionist you have the option to join the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists (UKVRN) – a body set up to assure the credibility of nutrition as a recognised profession.
Good nutrition and its related effects are constantly being discussed, particularly in the media, and the diet and fitness levels of the UK population are at the heart of many government initiatives.
There are many career opportunities open to graduates with a Nutrition degree and if you’re thinking about studying to become a nutritionist your future career could be very exciting.
For those of you interested in further study there are also a number of options both at universities across the UK.
There are plenty of great universities across the country that offer a nutrition degree. Here are three of the ones we like the most:
The university is the UK’s first Functional Food Centre – set up to research the roles of food in preventing chronic diseases. So you’ll have the chance to get practical research experience throughout your nutrition degree.
This degree course covers all of the social, behavioural, and lifestyle issues surrounding the subject of good nutrition. The university also offers an integrated Masters option so you can study for four years to graduate at Masters level.
As well as nutrition this course also offers the chance to study animal and plant production, food safety, food science, biochemistry, and physiology. This means that on top of your knowledge of nutrition you’ll also have a firm grounding in agriculture and the food industry.
After graduation from any of these universities you’ll have excellent employment prospects as the strong relationships with both local and international food and nutrition organisations provide plenty of work experience opportunities.
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