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Nutrition and Dietetics

(Allied Medical Sciences)

Career Overview








Shape Up Life and Style as a Nutritionist


With every now and then people getting bonkers with weight, panic, stress and depression, it is urgent need of the hour that people get hold of their lives, balance it with work and healthy lifestyle. But who can be of help? There emerges the messiah-a nutritionist. From young crowd who are essentially keen on losing weight to the middle aged group who wish to strike work-life balance, every one sort help from a Nutritionist. So this profession will definitely keep you busy and help you propel your career for greater good.

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What is the work of a Nutritionist?

Principally the work of a nutritionist is to examine the health condition of their clients and determine a proper diet which must be adhered for the improvement of both physical and mental health. So primarily it involves the following steps:

  • Analyse the health requirements of his client
  • Resolve nutrition issues and help implement healthy habits of eating
  • As per the budget of client, age, gender, health conditions and his/her choices, develops proper diet plan
  • Assess the effects of the new diet plan, and modify it if required for better results.
  • Constantly keeping themselves updated with new research work.
  • Do documentation and monitor the progress reports of patients.

A nutritionist can choose to work with organizations like, hotels, schools, hospitals and many other government agencies as well as practice individually once they have been successful in establishing themselves.

How to pursue Nutrition as a career?

dieticianThe simple method is to enrol in the B. Sc. Course of Nutrition or Home Science for three years, or Food Technology can be pursued for four years as well.  For this one must have Physics, Chemistry and Biology in their 10+2 level and Mathematics as well if they wish to pursue any engineering course like Food Technology. They can embark on the engineering career by appearing for entrance exams. Institutions of good repute may demand a minimum of 60% marks in all the above subjects. To study further one can definitely pursue M.Sc. in Nutrition. There is no need to fret if you have not done your B. Sc. in the above subjects. People who have B. Sc. honours in biochemistry, applied physiology, administration therapeutic nutrition, microbiology or food can also opt for pursuing M. Sc.

As an undergraduate you can specialize further by working to get the provisional registration from the Medical Council of India with a nominal fee of just Rs. 1000/. After registration you are required to work as an intern (usually unpaid) for a year in some renowned hospitals of India.

Further you may also choose to become the member of IDA (Indian Dietetic Association) by sitting for their entrance exam after six months of being a member. You can download the exam forms from their website.

After passing out they may be employed by food manufacturing companies, food departments of star hotels, famous food chains, physical training camps, research institutes, hospitals, films and modelling industry and so on.

What are the cost implications of the courses offered?

Studying Nutrition in India is more or less a cheap affair. B.Sc. courses are usually priced below Rs. 50000/-, while B.Tech courses can be a little more expensive ranging from Rs. 500000/--Rs. 600000/-. The M.Sc. Courses are priced between Rs. 50,000/- Rs1,00,000/-. 

How much can you earn?

Initially it can be a little hard to start as a fresher. Nutritionist working in private hospitals can start with a salary of Rs.5000/- a month. After gaining experience of one year it can rise to Rs. 10000/- per month. However with IDA certifications and other registration one can start their career with a monthly salary of Rs. 15000/- to Rs 20000/- and after an experience of five years it can shoot up to Rs. 40000/- a month

What are the popular institutes in India to study nutrition?

 The table below shows the list of the institutes where you can study nutrition as a subject

Serial No.

Names of institutes

Name of the course

1

National Institute of Nutrition, Hyderabad

PG Certificate Course in Nutrition, M. Sc (Applied Nutrition)

2

University of Delhi (Institute of Home Economics)

 M. Sc in Food and Nutrition

3

University of Madras

Postgraduate diploma in nutrition & dietetics) Master of Science in Dietetics & Nutrition

4

Maharshi Markandeshwar Institute of Catering Technology and Business Management
Ambala , Haryana

 

Master of Science in Dietetics & Nutrition

5

Mount Carmel College
Bangalore / Bengalooru , Karnataka

 

Bachelor of Science - Clinical Nutrition, Dietetics, Chemistry, Human Development 

 

6

M.U. College of Commerce
Pune , Maharashtra

 

Certificate course in Health, Nutrition & Yoga

 

7

Maniben Nanavati Women's College
Mumbai , Maharashtra

 

Diploma in Basics of Diet Therapy

 

8

Marudhar Kesari Jain College for Women
Vellore , Tamil Nadu

 

Bachelor of Science in Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics

 

9

Institute of Biosciences and Biotechnology, Chhatrapati Shahu Ji Maharaj University, Kanpur

 

Master of Science in Nutrition and Nutraceutical Science

 

10

Techno India, Kolkata

B. Tech in Food Technology

How to embark on a career abroad?

The option of studying nutrition abroad can be a bright idea. You will get a global exposure to all the nutrition related issues if you choose to study from a reputed institute of U.S.A. Just ensure that the institute is accredited by the American Dietetic Association, has proper lab facilities, provide opportunities of internship, and most importantly whether the institute will aid you in getting work after your graduation.

You can also acquire the nutrition specialist credential (CNS) from the Board for Certification of Nutrition Specialist (CBNS) after completing your master’s degree or your doctoral, practical experience of 1000 hours and passing the certification exam.

The average salary of nutritionist in U.S.A ranges from $50000-$60000 annually while in some cities like Las Vegas and Vallejo, it can reach to a range of $75000-$85000 annually.

Critical analysis of the career

As a nutritionist your career will be more or less well balanced, especially if you are working with government organizations of any nation. The growth in salary will not be superb, but it will be well paced. A person who has good listening as well as speaking skills can definitely try out his hands to pursue this career. You might even get to travel and visit various countries, or visit the production houses to check standards of food quality occasionally. As nutritionist you are required to show patience and be in a position to empathise with your clients.

Conclusion

On a whole, with break of diseases, epidemics, rising levels of careless food habits, the need of nutritionist is on a rise. The profession will give immense satisfaction for having being successful in improving life qualities and maintaining standards of good health. After all at the end of the day, no wealth can be bigger than health.

 

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