How to become a Nutritionist and Dietitians – Career, Colleges & Salary


In this modern time, Everyone is becoming aware about good health.People are now taking care of their food and drink besides yoga and gym and they also regularly consult a nutritionist and Dietitians. If you are interested in the health sector, then you can make your career in nutrition and dietetics.Before doing this career you need to know about nutrition and Dietetics specialist.


What is a Nutritionists and Dietitians:

Dietitians: are diet experts who plan and prepare diets for people. Essentially, they works for patients in hospitals, wellness programmes, clinics, health care centers, fitness, sports centers. A dietician helps to plan and supervise an individual’s diet. While taking care the patient’s health, lifestyle, age, potential allergies and food preferences, Dietitians are responsible for suggest proper food and nutrition diet,


Nutritionists: Usually Nutritionists are not responsible for suggest or plan diets for patients with medical problems. Nutritionist works in the areas of food science, community development, research projects and Fast Moving Consumer Goods Companies (FMCG). He can make his career as nutrition consultants and advisers, health promotion officers, food technologists, community development officers, quality and nutrition coordinators etc.

The eligibility to become a Nutritionist and Dietitians:

What it takes to join Career in Nutrition and Dietetics Course:

  • 10+2 passed from a recognized board (or equivalent) with science.
  • or

  • 10+2 passed from a recognized board (or equivalent) with Home Science.


How to become a Nutritionist and Dietitians after 12th:

After 12th, Candidate can opt for a nutrition course. There are many programmes available at the graduate and postgraduate level. At Delhi University, the entry point is BSc Home Science, that is Food & Nutrition is one subject. There are two bachelor degree types of programmes: BSc Home Science(Pass) and BSc Home Science(Honors). In BSc Home Science (Hons), a candidate can specialise can become Food Nutritionist and Dietitians in the second and third year. Whereas in the Pass programme, there is no specialization. The Honours programme admits only students from science backgrounds as its subjects include Zoology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Physics and Botany.

If Candidate is not good in subjects like physics, biology, chemistry in the 12th class, then you have to struggle with the course curriculum. The top best two colleges in Delhi are Lady Irwin and Institute of Home Economics. These colleges allow students from both science and non-science backgrounds. You should look into the course curriculum and syllabus of these institute closely before taking admission.

At the postgraduate level, Candidate either can do a one-year Post Graduate Diploma in Dietetics and Public Health Nutrition (DDPHN) or can do a two-year Master’s programme.

The MSc in Food and Nutrition allows you to specialise in one of these areas:

1. Therapeutic Nutrition

2. Public Health Nutrition

3. Food Science


Types of Degrees and Diploma Courses:


Diploma Courses:

Diploma in Dietetics

Diploma in Nutrition and Health Education

Diploma in Dietetics and Clinical Nutrition

Diploma in Nutrition and Dietetics

Diploma in Nutrition and Food Technology

Diploma in Food Science and Nutrition

Course duration: Diploma programme is 2 years long.


Degree Courses:

B.Sc. in Dietetics

B.Sc. in Nutrition and Dietetics

B.Sc. in Applied Nutrition

B.Sc. in Clinical Nutrition

B.Sc. in Food Science and Nutrition

B.Sc. in Home Science (Nutrition and Food Science specialization)

Course duration: Bachelor degree programme is 3 years long.


List of Top Universities in India::


Course Location
Lady Irwin College (University of Delhi) New Delhi
Institute of Home Economics New Delhi
Guru Jambheshwar University of Science & Technology (GJUS&T), Hisar Haryana
Banasthali University Jaipur
Samrath Prithviraj Chauhan Degree College Uttat Pradesh
G. B. Pant University of Agriculture & Tech Uttarakhand
Punjab Agricultural University Ludhiana
SNDT Women’s University Mumbai
Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda Gujarat
Avinashilingam University for Women Coimbatore
Women’s Christian College Chennai
J D Birla Institute Kolkata
Institute of Health Systems (IHS) Hyderabad

Salary after Health and Nutrition Course :

A fresher can get salary between Rs. 15,000 to 20,000 per month. After gaining a good experience of 2 to 3 years, Candidarte may touch Rs 35,000 plus. In government hospitals, with the Sixth Pay Commission, the salaries have touched to Rs. 25,000,” . Nutritionists working in the private sector are getting differing pay amounts.

For Freshers : 1.8 Lakh to 2.5 Lakh (per annum)

For Experienced : 3.6 Lakh to 7 Lakh (per annum)




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