15 months after graduating
100% of our dietetics graduates are in work or further study
100% of dietetics graduates in highly skilled work said their degree was a formal requirement or gave them an advantage
90% of dietetics graduates agree that their current activity is meaningful
Studying Dietetics at the University will open a wide range of career choices, including opportunities in public sector healthcare, the commercial sector and self employment.
The NHS is the major employer of dietitians, with dietitians working in hospital settings, community and GP practices. There are opportunities to specialise in a variety of areas such as ITU, diabetes, renal, paediatrics, oncology, gastroenterology, mental health, learning disabilities, neurological disorders etc. There are also opportunities to practice in private healthcare, food industry, businesses, workplace, catering, public health, education sport and the media.
In the commercial sector, food and drink manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies employ dietitians in a variety of roles including product development, quality control, advising on labelling and regulatory affairs. You could be working for a company specialising in NHS prescription only products used in the management or treatment of a range of clinical conditions.
Some graduates choose to focus on the health promotion aspects of their dietetic training. In the public sector this can involve working in partnership with NHS Trusts, councils and third sector organisations to deliver health promotion campaigns, community-based health programmes and advice to the public. National organisations such as Public Health England and the Food Safety Council offer opportunities to specialise in food safety, health promotion and protection as well as food policy. Commercial organisations also employ dietitians in health promotion related roles.
If you have an interest in research, you could pursue a career in dietetic or public health research. You could work in higher education institutions or in the health service as a clinical academic. Public health bodies also employ researchers, as do commercial organisations.
Some dietitians work in the media industry, for example writing for health publications, consulting on the content of food TV programmes, or in public relations where you could be using a range of media to build and manage the image and reputation of your clients. A small number of dietitians enter the world of professional sport, supporting athletes in achieving their maximum performance potential.
There are many opportunities for self employment, it is not uncommon for graduates to work part-time in the NHS alongside freelance work in private practice or consultancy work within the commercial or media sectors. In most cases people move into self employment after some years of clinical experience as a registered dietitian. The University offers advice and support around self-employment and entrepreneurship through The Cube.
Researching your career options
Given the diversity of career options open to dietetics graduates, it is important to research and explore these fully so that you can make informed decisions about your future.
The following websites provide helpful information on options with a dietetics degree:
Gaining work experience
Pre-entry experience or shadowing within the health and social care sector is an advantage.
If this is not possible, then employment or voluntary experience in a different setting will provide you with transferable skills that will enhance your application.
Below is a snapshot of what some of University of Plymouth Dietetics graduates told us they were doing 15 months after graduation. For some graduates, these jobs serve as ‘stepping stones’ to other roles by providing relevant workplace experience.
- Acute Dietitian
- Community Dietitian
- Dietician.Advanced Health Improvement Practitioner
- Rotational Band 5 Dietitain
- Specialist Dietitian
Our graduates are found in most NHS Trusts as well as the private healthcare sector. Click here for links to Trusts across the UK All NHS Authorities
- Basildon University Hospital
- East Surrey Hospital
- Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
- Isle of Wight NHS Trust
- Livewell Southwest
- Royal United Hospital, Bath
- Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
- Swansea Bay
- Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust
- University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust
- Yeovil District Hospital
*Data is from the Graduate Outcomes Surveys of 2017/18 and 2018/19. Graduates were surveyed 15 months after graduating. Data displayed is for 11 UK-domiciled, first degree, full-time graduates who are working, studying or looking for work.