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Find out if nutritional therapy might be the career for you


Some questions to ask yourself to find out if you’re interested in becoming a nutritional therapist:

  • Do you want a varied career and to wake up each morning looking forward to the day ahead?
  • Do you want to be in control of your career path and be able to work the hours you want?
  • Do you love food?
  • Do you know that what you eat helps to improve health and wellbeing and want to share this with others?
  • Do you want to make a difference to people’s lives?
  • Do you want to be part of a growing community of nutritional therapists skilled to support people in their health and wellbeing?

If you have answered yes to one or more of these questions, then you are already on your way to a life-changing career choice in nutritional therapy.

Help others improve their health and wellbeing

Many of our students come to nutritional therapy because of their personal experience in overcoming health and wellbeing issues, and many have often suffered for a number of years before discovering the power of nutritional therapy. Having experienced the beneficial impact of nutrition and supplementation for themselves, they want to learn more – often to help family and friends too. But, although improving people’s health can trigger the start of the journey, it is not the only reason for starting a career as a nutritional therapist.

Feed your passion for food and helping others

We know that many people start working in a job straight out of school or university and, whilst it pays the bills, it does not feed their passion. When they come across nutritional therapy, they find that it feeds their passion for food as well as for helping others to maximise their health and wellbeing outcomes. As a result, they finally feel fulfilled through the work they do.

It’s been the most amazing journey for me. It’s changed my life and now I’m doing something that I find so rewarding rather than something I felt was really mundane… I was going in and not really feeling like I was making and difference and now I feel like I’m really making a difference in people’s lives which is really amazing.” Clemmie, ION graduate.

Benefit from flexible work and be in control of your hours

A trigger for many for stepping into a career as a nutritional therapist is when life changes occur, such has starting a family or looking after loved ones. At points of significant change, life choices are often reviewed. The desire to have more control of the work you do, as well as the type of work you do, become more important. Working as a nutritional therapist can give you the power to design your own work practices, the type of work and the hours of work, giving you the flexibility to enjoy your life to the full.

Enjoy a varied career

There are so many different things that you can do once you qualify. Many people just think of clinical practice, but our graduates go on to create their own careers, drawing on their strengths and previous experience. From running wellbeing retreats to developing products, from writing books and blogs to teaching and training, from working as an expert supporting organisations to creating health videos or appearing on TV. These are just some of the options that will be open to you. Read our article about what a nutritional therapist does to find out more.

Being an absolute foodie and health enthusiast, I love the opportunity this affords me to help, inspire and coach people – either in clinic, via the media, social media or through my book.” Angelique Panagos, ION graduate.


Interested in finding out more about nutritional therapy?

Find out about some of the different aspects of working as a nutritional therapist.

Download our eBook "Why become a Nutritional Therapist"

Stories from our graduates, now working in nutritional therapy

Ready to take the next step?

Find out more about our BSc (Hons) Nutritional Therapy.

Sign up for our next free information webinar about studying as a Nutritional Therapist with ION.

About ION:

ION is a leading provider of accredited nutritional therapy training, established in 1984. ION’s BSc (Hons) Nutritional Therapy is validated by the University of Portsmouth. Be part of a growing community of nutritional therapists and build a rewarding, flexible career helping others to make positive lifestyle changes.