Are you considering a career in nutritional therapy? Find out more about the training requirements and career prospects here.
Becoming a Registered Nutritional Therapist is not just about seeing clients in clinic. There are various career paths that can be pursued including working in a clinic setting and often a Registered Nutritional Therapist may find themselves doing an array of tasks during their week.
A Registered Nutritional Therapist may work within a team of other health professionals in a practice or even on their own renting rooms by the day or hour. They would work with clients on a 1-1 basis conducting assessments of their health, ordering and analysing functional testing and delivering nutritional therapy recommendations. An initial appointment usually lasts between 60-90 minutes and follow ups are around 45-60 minutes. The frequency of visits depends on the case but generally 4-6 weeks apart. Client’s may seek the help of a Registered Nutritional Therapists for chronic health needs or for health optimisation.
A Registered Nutritional Therapist may have a particular product that they might want to bring to the market. This can include and not limited to health food, supplements, magazines or books. The Registered Nutritional Therapist might even be asked to advise on developing a health food or supplement. Supplement and testing companies also have Registered Nutritional Therapists providing technical support and offering advice on interpreting tests and using supplements.
Some Registered Nutritional Therapists offer a health holiday where people may go for relaxation, detoxification and to de-stress. These can happen in the UK and worldwide and include a variety of disciples such as massage, yoga, fitness and nutritional therapy. Registered Nutritional Therapists might run this themselves with their own clients or even be asked to come and offer nutritional therapy services on an existing retreat.
As a Registered Nutritional Therapist grows in popularity, they might be asked to appear on local or national television or radio to discuss a current topic in the media. Journalists might ask a Registered Nutritional Therapist for a quote for an article or they may end up writing an article for the media.
Teaching nutritional therapy is another option. A Registered Nutritional Therapist might study further and lecture nutritional therapy students or even focus the attention on educating the public. Examples can range from CPD events to running a weight loss group.
More corporations are joining the wellness industry by providing their employees with ways to increase vitality, reduce sickness and stress in the workplace. A Registered Nutritional Therapist might be asked to present a workshop such as stress or blood sugar balancing to educate the employees to make the right nutritional choices. Alternatively Registered Nutritional Therapists could run MOT health checks on employees and give nutritional therapy consultations in-house.
In all probability there will be a a community group or charity in the local area that could benefit from some help on the nutrition front. This is a great way to make nutritional therapy known to the public and also helps get Registered Nutritional Therapists name out there. Additionally BANT are always on the lookout for volunteers on projects.