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The nutritionist advises patients about the effects of nutrition on their health. Depending on their location and work setting, they are also known as

  • Nutrition Scientists

  • Clinical Nutritionists

  • Sports Nutritionists

  • Community Nutritionists

  • Public Health Nutritionists.

They can work as entrepreneurs and offer their services. The role of nutritionists is becoming important as the obesity index peaks.

What Does A Nutritionist Do?

  • Private practice: These specialists have their own office and work alone or with another nutritionist or doctor.

  • Education: You can also become a professor of nutrition and teach the next generation.

  • Research: Some nutritionists may research in hospitals or healthcare companies. They study the effects of diets on various diseases and conditions.

  • Nutrition management staff track eating habits for hospitals, companies, schools and spas.

  • Public health nutritionists work at agencies to help educate the public about healthy eating. They facilitate nutrition programs. They advise on holistic lifestyle programs that promote exercise with good nutrition.

Nutritionist v/s Dietitian

  • Many doctors practise clinical nutrition after work in food and nutrition research. A dietitian diagnoses eating disorders or schedules meals to treat health problems. Nutritionists can offer support in these areas. But, their work is more about nutritional behaviour. Nutritionists inform customers about the nutritional properties of food and offer nutritional monitoring.

  • Many registered dietitians still use the term nutritionists, so pay attention. An approved and registered dietitian has RD, RDN, LD, LDN or CDN. Additional certifications are available which focus much less on clinical practice and education.

How To Become A Nutritionist?

Eligibility (All Streams Preferably Science)

  • In order to become a nutritionist, it is advised that you have a background in science. You can have a bachelor’s degree and learn on your own about nutrition, it just becomes easier if you are familiar with science. 

  • The title of nutritionists can be used for anyone who gives general nutrition advice. Nutritionists are not as regulated as dieticians. Even those who have no vocational training can legally be called nutritionists.

  • Dieticians diagnose eating disorders and develop diets for the treatment of certain diseases.

  • Nutritionists deal with general goals and eating behaviour. But, many nutritionists have a higher degree. Nutritionists will take part in the nutritionist certifications.

Nutritionists usually specialize in one of three main areas: clinical, social or administrative. They develop, implement and maintain nutrition programs for people. Before dietitians provide diet programs, they must consult with other healthcare professionals. This ensures that the medical and dietary needs are optimized.

Certificate programs are for those who have a degree and want to get knowledge of a specific topic. In the area of nutrition, these can be specializations, such as

  • Sports nutrition

  • Weight control

  • Nutrition for children or the elderly.

It may be helpful to get a certificate that meets certain certification requirements.

Communication: Nutritionists use oral and written communication to educate patients. You can save meal plans, nutrition tips and other necessary information for patients.

Interpersonal skills: these specialists interact with patients from various personal and medical backgrounds.

Top Institutes offering Nutritionist course in India

  • National Institute Of Nutrition, Hyderabad

  • Institute Of Home Economics, New Delhi 

  • University Of Madras, Tamil Nadu 

  • Osmania University, Hyderabad

  • Gangadhar Meher University

  • Fatima College

  • Barasat College

  • Jaypee University of Engineering and Technology Guna

  • Ewing Christian College (ECC), Allahabad

  • Ethiraj College For Women

  • J.D. Birla Institute of Home Science

  • S.N.D.T. Women's University

  • All India Institute of Hygiene and Public Health

How much money Nutritionists make in India?

  • Average Salary for a Nutritionist in India is Rs 302,326/yr

  • The average salary of a Nutritionist  with 1-4 years of experience is Rs 299,154/yr

  • At Senior level (5-9 years of experience) a Nutritionist in India makes Rs 360,000/yr

What are the Books and Study materials available?

Interesting Facts

In 400 B.C. the Greek physician Hippocrates who is also known as the “Father of Medicine” said, “Let thy food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food.”