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Five careers to consider with a Food and Nutrition degree

Food and Nutrition is an incredibly varied course, which encompasses three distinctive themes:

  • Food science, technology and analysis

  • Food safety and quality

  • Nutrition

If you’re considering studying this subject with us, why not check out the variety of careers you can follow in this exciting industry. Below are five jobs you could apply for after studying a Food and Nutrition degree:

1. Food Technologist

As a Food Technologist, it'll be your job to make sure food products are produced safely, legally and to the quality claimed. You could also be involved in developing the manufacturing processes and recipes of food and drink products. You may even work on existing and newly-discovered ingredients to invent new recipes and concepts. Keeping up with ever changing food production regulations will be an essential part of your job. 

2. Nutritional Therapist

In this role, your focus is on the nutritional and biochemical imbalances in the body that lead to ill health. You'll take a holistic approach to clients, devising a personalised nutrition plan for them that will include recommendations to restore nutritional balance. Nutritional therapy is usually intended for people with chronic health conditions or those who want to improve their general health and lifestyle. 

3. Health Improvement Practitioner

As a Health Improvement Practitioner, you'll help people to make lifestyle and behaviour changes to improve their health and well-being. This can be in a variety of areas such as diet, exercise or smoking. You could work in a range of settings as well as giving face-to-face advice. You'll set up schemes promoting a healthy lifestyle, run campaigns and implement government initiatives relating to public health. 

4. Nutritionist

Nutritionists use their food science knowledge to help individuals and groups make the right choices about what they eat. As a nutritionist, you'll generate, assess and deliver scientific, evidence-based nutritional advice in a variety of settings to improve health and well-being and to promote a healthy diet and lifestyle.

5. Community Education Officer

Community Education Officers help people gain access to learning and develop their skills. You'll help to organise and promote participation in local education or training opportunities. This includes developing skills in literacy and numeracy, life skills or practical skills, such as budgeting, cooking or learning how to use a computer. This could also mean using your skills to help people with their nutrition and well-being.

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Careers information and advice

For more advice on careers and employment, our Careers+ team is on hand to help. One-to-one support, group sessions and a wide range of online resources will help you make your career dreams happen!

Find out more