Career as Nutritionist

Stream : Health Science
Sub Stream : Nutrition and Dietitian

With fitness becoming the buzzword, holistic nutrition has gained popularity as a career option worldwide. Nutrition promotes the role of food as a means of improving health and wellness and as an essential preventive healthcare system. Nutritionists are healthcare professionals who plan holistic diets for people, besides teaching them about the importance of healthy eating.
 

With people's lifestyle and outlook changing, the focus of education has been shifted from finishing and grooming courses such as cooking and catering to the domain of fitness, preventive healthcare, and nutrition.

 

WHAT QUALITIES ARE REQUIRED?

While looking for a job, we search about the responsibilities, scope, qualification etc required for a particular. But we often forget the most important factors  i.e career interest, Aptitude and personality, needed to be considered, while applying for a job. 

Some of the basic aptitude, personality and interest required to succeed in this career are-

INTEREST

APTITUDE

PERSONALITY

Experimenting

  • An interest in gathering information or expanding one’s knowledge,  along with a natural curiosity and a desire to solve problems.

 

 

Verification

  • Employment in the nutrition field often requires that you put complicated research findings and technical nutrition information into a form that can be understood by those not familiar with the field.

Assertive

  • When working one-on-one or in small groups you must be friendly and approachable in your correspondence. Nutrition and eating habits can be a delicate subject for many, and people may be stepping out of their comfort. zone when discussing this topic with you. It is important to show that you respect that.

                  

Factual

  • It is impossible to work in nutrition and successfully help others if you have a judgmental attitude. Those working in nutrition must possess the ability to listen to people with an open mind and use that information to help them with their eating.
 


EDUCATION

Bachelors Degree

  • B.Sc. in Clinical Nutrition
  • B.Sc. in Nutrition and Dietetics
  • B.Sc. in Food Science and Nutrition
  • B.Sc. in Applied Nutrition
  • B.Sc. in Dietetics
  • B.Sc. in Home Science (Nutrition and Food Science specialization)

Diploma Degrees

  • Diploma in Nutrition and Health Education
  • Diploma in Dietetics
  • Diploma in Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Diploma in Food Science and Nutrition
  • Diploma in Dietetics and Clinical Nutrition
  • Diploma in Nutrition and Food Technology

Master and Post- Graduation

Graduates have handful of PG courses to choose from. M.Sc. and PG Diploma courses can be used to specialize in disciplines such as-

  • Clinical Nutrition
  • Paediatric Nutrition
  • Public Health Nutrition
  • Food Science/Technology
  • Sports Nutrition/Dietetics
  • Gerontological Nutrition
  • Renal Nutrition

 

JOB OPPORTUNITY

There is demand for professional nutritionists in the following sectors :-

  • Wellness centers
  • Health product companies (Pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals and FMCGs)
  • Gyms and Aerobic centers
  • Diabetic Clinics
  • Multinational corporations
  • Wellness startups
  • Research and development
  • NGOs
  • Food products manufacturing firms
  • Sports Centres and Franchises
  • Hotels
  • Government agencies working for social welfare and development, public health departments.
  • International food organizations such as United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization, US AID, and other non-profit organisations. 

 

RENUMERATION

  • This profession is a sophisticated and often caters with the elite section of the society, in which there is an increased awareness about food and nutrition. While trainee or entry-level freshers may draw a stipend of about Rs. 5000 to Rs 10,000, professionals command better salary packages
  • Remuneration is normally between Rs 20,000 and Rs 50,000 but can vary depending on the caliber and qualification
  • Professionals in the field of research and those in MNCs and private health clinics earn handsome salaries of even up to Rs. 95,000 and above per month.
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