Careers Dietitians Medical Psychology and Nutrition


Career description:

Registered dietitians work with patients who are struggling to lose weight or need to improve their diet for other health-related reasons. They work with patients to understand their particular needs and challenges, and design meal plans accordingly. They also conduct nutrition education in classrooms and office settings, perform cooking demonstration classes and give out recipes and food ideas.

What it’s like:

Common duties:

  • Educating and advising clients on how food and healthy eating habits can prevent illness and achieve and maintain optimum health
  • Calculating individual’s nutritional requirements using standard equations based on assessments of blood chemistry, temperature, stress, mobility and other relevant factors
  • Analysing the nutritional content of food
  • Delivering group sessions to a variety of audiences
  • Working with large companies to support well-being programmes for staff
  • Running clinics in hospital outpatients departments or general practitioners’ (GP) surgeries for patients who have been referred by hospital consultants, GPs or health visitors
  • Advising athletes and sports persons on how diet can optimise performance
  • Research and continuing professional development
  • Visiting schools and communities to deliver nutrition components of health promotion campaigns

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