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

In this modern time, Everyone is becoming aware of good health. People are now taking care of their food and drink besides yoga and gym and they also regularly consult a nutritionist and dietician. 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 are Nutritionists and Dietician:

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

Nutritionists: Usually Nutritionists are not responsible for suggesting or planning diets for patients with medical problems. A 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 a nutrition consultant and adviser, health promotion officer, food technologist, community development officer, quality and nutrition coordinator, 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.
  • 10+2 passed from a recognized board (or equivalent) with Home Science.

How to become a Nutritionist and Dietician after the 12th:

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

If the Candidate is not good in subjects like physics, biology, and 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 the 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 this institute closely before taking admission.

At the postgraduate level, the 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 program.

The MSc in Food and Nutrition allows you to specialize 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: The diploma program 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’s degree program 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 Uttar 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 a salary between Rs. 15,000 to 20,000 per month. After gaining a good experience of 2 to 3 years, the Candidate may touch Rs 35,000 plus. In government hospitals, with the Sixth Pay Commission, the salaries have touched 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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3 thoughts on “How to become a Nutritionist and Dietician – Career, Colleges & Salary

  • July 18, 2017 at 5:56 pm

    Wonderful work!!!!!
    I just got exactly all the information that i wanted……….

  • June 11, 2018 at 11:49 am

    hii ! i had completed my 12th form arts with 3rd division can i do heath and nutrition course ?


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