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Dietitian

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Dietitians give advice on diet to patients. They work out what foods and drinks are suitable for individual patients, to keep them healthy and to treat or prevent certain illnesses.

The Work

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Pay

Starting off as a dietitian with the NHS you would be on the Agenda for Change salary scales. The current pay scales are from April 2017. You would start on Band 5, £22,440 to £29,034 a year. With experience and specialisation you could move on to Band 6, £26,830 to £35,933 a year or Band 7, £32,013 to £42,205 a year.

Outside the NHS your income would vary according to who your employer was.

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Getting In

To become a dietitian you need a degree approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Most dietitians work in the NHS. You might also find work with local authorities, in the food industry, education, the pharmaceutical industry, research, sports nutrition, health promotion or in the private health sector.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2017
5394
1.1 %
RISE
2022
5451
  United Kingdom
2017
43541
0.3 %
RISE
2022
43682

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What Does it Take?

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Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

British Dietetic Association
Tel: 0121 200 8080
E-mail: info@bda.uk.com
Website: http://www.bda.uk.com/
Twitter: @BrDieteticAssoc
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BritishDieteticAssociation

Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
Tel: 0300 500 4472
E-mail: registration@hcpc-uk.org
Website: http://www.hcpc-uk.org/
Twitter: @The_HCPC
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hcpcuk

The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) is the UK-wide regulatory body responsible for setting and maintaining standards of professional training, performance and conduct in the following health care professions: Arts Therapists; Audiologist; Biomedical Scientist; Chiropodist and Podiatrist; Clinical Scientist; Dietician; Occupational Therapist; Operating Department Practitioner; Orthoptist; Paramedic; Physiotherapist; Practitioner Psychologist; Prosthetist and Orthotist; Radiographer; Speech and Language Therapist. (The HCPC may regulate other healthcare professions in the future.) The HCPC website contains a register of all approved courses in the above professions.

Skills for Health
Tel: 0117 922 1155
E-mail: contactus@skillsforhealth.org.uk
Website: http://www.skillsforhealth.org.uk/
Twitter: @Skillsforhealth
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/skillsforhealth1

Skills for Health is the Sector Skills Council for the health sector.

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