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A dietitian is an expert in dietetics; that is, human nutrition and the regulation of diet. A dietitian alters their patient's nutrition based upon their medical condition and individual needs. Dietitians are regulated healthcare professionals licensed to assess, diagnose, and treat nutritional problems.

Career Options

  • •Management dietitians •Community dietitians and community nutritionists •Clinical dietitians and clinical nutritionists

Educational Qualifications

  • Minimum Qualification- Opt for a college offering home science after 10th or after 12th Science (with biology/microbiology).

Personal Skills

  • •Analytical- An analytical mind is a key quality for any nutritionist. Advising clients on nutrition involves working with ideas and looking for facts. •Organizational- Nutritionists work with clients with diverse needs
  • so organizational skills are an important quality. Nutrition also involves starting and completing projects
  • such as diet programs for clients. Practitioners must keep careful records
  • stay on top of routine administrative tasks and manage their time. •People Skills- Nutrition is a people-oriented business
  • so practitioners must enjoy working with diverse people. They must be good listeners who pay attention to clients’ goals and concerns. •Communications- The ability to communicate clearly in writing and speaking is a necessary quality. Nutritionists work with scientific information
  • and they must be able to turn complicated details into language clients can understand. •Technical- Technical know-how is a quality nutritionist’s need. They work with tools and equipment including calorimeters to gauge metabolism
  • glucose meters to evaluate blood sugar and bio-electric impedance machines to electronically measure body fat.

Courses to be pursued

  • •Bachelor’s Degree in home science •Specialized courses in nutrition or dietetics •Diploma in dietetics or sports nutrition •Master’s in home science •PhD
  • M Phil

Top Colleges

  • Nirmala Niketan stands for academic excellence whereby young women are equipped to meet successfully the challenges of family life as well as those from the professional world of a changing modern India. Address Nirmala Niketan College of Home Science, 49, New Marine Lines, Mumbai- 400 020 Phone: 022-22076503 Fax: 22003217 Email:
  • Madras University Madras University is the mother of almost all the old Universities of southern India. The University area of jurisdiction has been confined to, however, 3 districts of Tamil Nadu in recent years. Address Madras University Navalar Nagar, Chepauk, Triplicane, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600005 Ph- 044 2539 9422

Working Conditions

Dietitians and nutritionists work in hospitals, cafeterias, nursing homes, and schools. Some dietitians and nutritionists are self-employed and maintain their own practice. They work as consultants, providing advice to individual clients, or they work for healthcare establishments on a contract basis. Most dietitians and nutritionists work full time, although about 20 percent work part time. Self-employed, consultant dietitians have more flexibility in setting their schedules.

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