The Student Room Group

Should I study Clinical Dietetics or Radiography?

Hi, I'm a secondary school student graduating in a year and I'm considering studying Dietetics or radiography? I'd love to have your input on the topics!
(edited 1 month ago)
Reply 1
Original post by mithaa
Hi, I'm a secondary school student graduating in a year and I'm considering studying Dietetics or radiography? I'd love to have your input on the topics!

Hi there I'm a final year Rad student _ the key features of Radiography are that you will be working as part of a team, working with complex medical equipment and usually hospital based. Your contact with each patient is likely to be more limited compared to Dietetics. There are also good opportunities to specialise as you progress. I don't know so much about Dietetics but believe you would be more likely to have your own caseload so have longer interactions with each patient. Also there are various opportunities outside health services or to be self employed. If you like the science side then a degree in nutrition could mean working in a lab and with private companies. Depends if it is the patient interface you are looking for. Hope this helps.
Reply 2
Original post by Urse
Hi there I'm a final year Rad student _ the key features of Radiography are that you will be working as part of a team, working with complex medical equipment and usually hospital based. Your contact with each patient is likely to be more limited compared to Dietetics. There are also good opportunities to specialise as you progress. I don't know so much about Dietetics but believe you would be more likely to have your own caseload so have longer interactions with each patient. Also there are various opportunities outside health services or to be self employed. If you like the science side then a degree in nutrition could mean working in a lab and with private companies. Depends if it is the patient interface you are looking for. Hope this helps.

Do you know anything about the pay?
Reply 3
Original post by mithaa
Do you know anything about the pay?

For radiography you start as a Band 5 and could probably get a Band 6 within 18 months to 2 years. Progression after that depends on yr area of interest, if you want to take on staff management roles and if there are shortages in those roles eg. MRI. So the starting B5 salary is around 27K to 32K depending if there is a high cost allowance paid e.g in London in London. I would imagine the starting salary for Dietetics is the same so would depend more on ability to progress to higher roles as smaller workforce compared to rad.
Original post by mithaa
Do you know anything about the pay?


This is a good resource:

https://www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/explore-roles/allied-health-professionals/roles-allied-health-professions/roles-allied-health-professions

Most AHP graduates (including radiog and dietitians) will start on band 5 of the Agenda for Change pay rates:

https://www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/working-health/working-nhs/nhs-pay-and-benefits/agenda-change-pay-rates

Start going to some uni open days this term and listen to subject talks for both degrees, and then try and get some shadowing experience at a local hospital.

Quick Reply

Latest