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Nutrition & Food Policy Careers

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“I wish for everyone to help create a strong, sustainable movement to educate every child about food, inspire families to cook again and empower people everywhere to fight obesity.”

Jamie Oliver

Whether you’re just starting out in your career, or looking to move to a different industry, nutrition and food policy roles are a great way to be involved in improving public and individual health, whilst ensuring we have a food system that is working effectively. 

A career in the nutrition and food policy field can be rewarding as it encompasses many parts of the food journey. This also means there are a wide variety of roles available. More and more people are seeking ways to improve their health and benefit from an improved food system, so professionals that can facilitate this are always required. 

Is a nutrition, dietetic, or food policy degree your starting point? 

A nutrition, dietetic, or food policy degree is a great starting point for a career in these areas. It is advised to gain experience in or highlight in your application the following skills when applying for your first job: 

Skills needed: 

  • An in-depth knowledge of health, economic and environmental issues 
  • An ability to think critically about food policy and food systems
  • An ability to grasp complex information and make it easily understandable
  • Analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Research and data analysis skills
  • An ability to bridge the gap between research and policy implementation
  • Presentation, writing and listening skills

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