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Nutritionist and Dietician Career Information

What a Nutritionist and Dietician does

Abilities & Traits Required


To be a trainee the minimum requirement is BSc Home science and a Diploma in Food Science. A formal training of at least a year is necessary to have a successful career. You can also have a Diploma in Dietary services/Nutrition/ Dietetics/Food & Nutrition/Nutrition & Dietetics or any other related courses.

You can have a Post Graduate Diploma in Dietetics and Public Health Nutrition.

Other option is an MSc Home Science (Food & Nutrition)/ MSc Food Technology/MSc Food & Nutrition/MSc Applied Nutrition/MSc Food Science & Nutrition/any other related course.

With a BSc Home Science and a diploma in dietary services with 1-2 years work experience or a MSc in home science with work experience you can start of as Nutritionist/Dietician.

However, preference is given to candidates with a postgraduate diploma in dietetics and public health nutrition.

Postgraduate diploma in Dietetics and Public Health Nutrition (DDPHN) requires BSc Home Science (10+2+3 scheme) from a recognised university, with 50 per cent marks in the aggregate and 50 per cent or above marks in the aggregate in foods and nutrition, physiology and biochemistry. Selection is based on merit and three months internship is compulsory.

For MSc Home Science (Food and Nutrition) the requirement is same as DDPHN and 55% marks aggregate in foods and nutrition, food science, biochemistry, nutrition and the family, in the Honours course, in the Pass course, food science, biochemistry and nutrition and dietetics. This is a two- years degree course.

You could be a nutrition manager after completing a two-year program via correspondence course or college.


You could start off with Rs 20000-30000 a month with a small organisation. Hospitals pay better - around Rs 35000-45000. With experience you could double that in a few years time.

International organisations such as UN offer much better salary structures and incentives.

As a consultant you can charge on a session basis charging anywhere between Rs 1000-1500 per session.

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