How to Become a Nutritionist in India? (Fees & Salary) | Registered Dietitian
So, I had a friend who would enter the grocery store,
pick up food items of two different brands,
compare their nutrition labels
and after 30 minutes…buy them.
Now, you may or may not be that obsessed
but if food excites you
and you want to understand what it does to your body
then today’s video is for you.
Knowledge about food is what the world desperately needs today
thanks to problems like Obesity, Hypertension, PCOD…
Great time for Nutritionists,
bad time for humanity.
And that is why we have nutritionists
who improve the health of millions of people
by just changing their food habits
because after all, Health is Wealth
and if you are a Nutritionist, you can earn both
if you are good at it.
So in today’s video we are going to understand
1. Who is a Nutritionist and how is it different from being a Dietician?
2. Educational Qualifications you need to have to become a Nutritionist.
3. College Details and their fee structure.
4. Salary that you can expect after you become a Nutritionist.
5. But most importantly towards the end, I’ll give you a Bonus Tip
which is the quickest way to learn about Nutrition even when you don’t have a science background.
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Nutritionists are like Counsellors.
They educate people about the quantity of food, type of food
so that they eat better
specifically to increase or decrease their body weight.
Dieticians on the other hand, take care of patients with medical conditions
like diabetes, food allergies, cancer, patients recovering from a car accident
about what food and supplements to take to recover faster.
Think of Dieticians as one level above Nutritionists
because to become a Dietician, you need to get a
Registered Dietician License from the IDA,
the Indian Dietetic Association.
For example, Rujuta Diwekar’s website says that
she is a Nutritionist, not a Dietician.
She did her Post-Graduate in Sports Science & Nutrition
which brings us to what to study to become a Nutritionist.
First, you need to pass your 10 + 2 with Biology, Physics and Chemistry as your subjects.
After that, you need to get your Bachelors in Nutrition
which is a 3 year long course where you focus on
Basics of Nutrition, Human Physiology, Health, Weight-Loss Strategies etc…
Now, after your Bachelors, you can do 2 things …
1. Get your Masters Degree i.e M.Sc in Food Science, Nutrition & Dietetics
or you can do P.G Diploma in Nutrition,
where you can specialise in Sports Nutrition, Public Health, Paediatric Nutrition etc…
and at the end of your Post-Graduation or P.G Diploma, you will be called a Nutritionist.
If you want to take it to the next level and become a Dietician
then you need to intern for 6-Months and write the Registered Dietician Exam.
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You can apply to colleges like..
National Institute of Nutrition (Hyd), SNDT Women’s University (Mumbai),
JD Birla Institute of Home Science (Kolkata), Lady Irwin College (New Delhi),
University of Madras, University of Mysore etc..
Entry in these colleges can be based on merit
or some of these colleges might have their own entrance exams.
So make sure you keep checking their websites to know their exam dates.
Coming to the Fee Structure…
B.Sc in Nutrition can cost somewhere between 25 K to 1.5 Lakh INR per year.
And M.Sc in Nutrition can cost between 20 K to 3 Lakh INR pear year.
It all depends on the college that you get into.
As a Nutritionist or a Dietician
you can work in both Government Sector or Private Sector.
You can work in R&D, Health Care, Teaching & Education Sector,
Food Products Manufacturing, Pharmaceutical Firms
and ofcourse … Fitness Centres.
You can even be self-employed by starting your own consultancy.
Your salary can range anywhere between 10K – 50K INR per month
or more, depending on your qualification and your company.
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Now, suppose you don’t have a Science background
but want to learn about Nutrition. In that case, your options are…
1. IGNOU Certification courses like CFN, CNCC which are distance-learning programs.
2. Nutrition Certifications from ACE, ISSA, Precision Nutrition etc…
Go to their website, read about them and see if that is what you want to do.
Now, how are these different from a degree?
These certifications teach you the fundamentals of food intake,
about Macronutrients, Micronutrients, Body Weight etc…
which come in handy if you are already a Certified Fitness Expert
and want to offer Nutrition lessons or resources to your clients.
But you cannot Prescribe, Diagnose or Cure a patient.
India is becoming health-conscious these days
which is why all these people are jumping in and providing
Fat-cutter drinks and fad-diets
just to improve their click-rate and make a quick buck.
But what will set you apart from these clowns
is proper knowledge and experience
which only a Certified Dietician or a Certified Nutritionist will have.
It might take time to get there
but in the long run, integrity….always wins.
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