Range of typical starting salaries for a dietitian (band 5): £21,176-£27,625.
Range of typical salaries at specialist level (band 6): £25,528-£34,189.
Range of typical salaries at advanced level (band 7): £30,460-£40,157.
There are on-call and special duty allowances for dietitians working in the National Health Service (see NHS Careers). In London and the South East, a cost of living allowance is available.
Salaries in industry are not necessarily higher than in the NHS.
Working hours in the NHS are mainly 9am to 5pm. This may include some weekend work, perhaps to attend a clinic. On-call work may also be required.
Self-employment and freelance work are possible within the NHS and the sport and private health sectors, as well as in the food industry, in public relations companies and the media.
Job-sharing, part-time work and opportunities for career breaks are available.
Jobs are available in most areas with opportunities in towns and cities throughout the UK.
Men are currently under-represented in the profession.
Dietitians in the NHS are usually based in a hospital, health centre or clinic and will be given a private consultation room. Community dietitians may have to travel to various locations in the local area. Those involved in research may need to work in laboratories.
Absence from home overnight and overseas travel is uncommon.
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