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A dietitian (or dietician) is an expert in dietetics; that is, human nutrition and the regulation of diet. A dietitian alters their patient's nutrition based on 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 •Organizational •People Skills •Communications •Technical

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 College of Home Science, 49, New Marine Lines, Mumbai- 400 020 Phone: 022-22076503 Fax: 22003217 Email:
  • Madras University Navalar Nagar, Chepauk, Triplicane, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600005 Ph- 044 2539 9422
  • Madurai Kamaraj University Madurai Kamaraj University, Palkalai Nagar, Madurai-625 021 Ph- +91-0452-2458471

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.

Top Companies

Successful Persons

Raksha Changappa

Raksha Changappa is an Indian dietician-cum-nutritionist based in Bangalore. She is a published nutrition author, a nutrition panellist and a dietician honoured with multiple awards and accolades in the country.

Ishi Khosla

Ishi Khosla is the founder of Whole Foods, a one-stop shop for nutrition needs. She hails from Delhi and suffered from obesity at a very young age. She then started applying self-devised weight loss methods on herself and slimmed down.

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