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Nutritionists generally work in a preventative role on a one-to-one and a group basis with patients of all ages.
Researching how the body's functions are affected by nutrient supply
Investigating the relationship between genes and nutrients
Studying how diet affects metabolism
Examining the process of nourishment and the association between diet, disease and health
Providing health advice and promoting healthy eating
Advising about special diets
Educating health professionals and the public about nutrition
Working as part of a multidisciplinary team/supporting the work of other health care professionals
A Degree in nutritional science, dietetics, or food science; or alternatively a life sciences degree that incorporates human physiology and biochemistry. A postgraduate qualification in nutrition can be helpful and is essential for candidates without a suitable first degree in nutrition or dietetics.
Keen interest in the impact of diet on health
Good interpersonal skills
An understanding of biochemistry or human physiology