Nutrition Specialist

Minimum B.Sc. in Food Technology/Microbiology

Not required

The tasks a Nutritionist is expected to perform include:

Organising, planning and conducting programmes concerning nutrition

Assisting in promotion of programs for health and disease control

Instructing auxiliary medical personnel and allied professional workers on food values and utilisation of food by human body

Advising the health and other agencies on nutritional phases of their food programmes

Studying and analysing latest scientific discoveries in nutrition for adaptation and application to various food problems

Interpreting and evaluating food and nutrientinformation

Informing and updating all the new food evaluations for public use

Detailed knowledge of metabolic balance program

Skilled in doing a nutritional assessment of the patient by measuring weight, height and BMIProficient in understanding and interpreting the blood analysis report

Skilled in reviewing the client?s current eating habits and wellness goals, such as losing weight, treating a disease or preventing future health issues, etc.Skilled in gathering information regarding the patient?s medical history, food preferences and lifestyle in order to get an individualised nutrition plan designed

Efficient in doing follow-ups and providing feedbacks and suggestions for improvement

Equipped in analysing the necessities of the patient and providing them with information, advice, nutritional information and support for changes needed

Proficient in suggesting recipes and creating interesting menus from the food list given to the clients

M.Sc. in Food Technology


Ability to work independently

Good communication skills

Hard working




Time management

It is a desk job

Need not handle a team

Local travelling is not a part of this job role

Part-time work and contractual jobs are available

Work from home option maybe available

Working hours

Hospitals/clinics usually work for 6/7 days a week and 8/9 hours everyday. This may vary from hospital to hospital

Shift system maybe available

Is the job suitable for a candidate with special needs?No

This job is not considered hazardous or dangerousunder The Factories Act, 1948 (section 87)

One may develop occupational hazards such as stress on eyes, mental and physical strain, joint pains, etc., if not taken care of

For candidates with experience of 1 to 3 years -INR12,500 toINR16,500 per month

(These figures are indicative and subject to change)

Healthcare Industry in India

The Indian Brand Equity Foundation in their report on the Healthcare sector of India has stated that healthcare has become one of India's largest sectors - both in terms of revenue and employment. The industry comprises of hospitals, medical devices, clinical trials, outsourcing, telemedicine, medical tourism, health insurance and medical equipment.

The Indian healthcare industry is growing at a tremendous pace due to its strengthening coverage, services and increasing expenditure by public as well as private players. The outlook for the Indian healthcare industry looks positive owing to high growth rate in almost all its segments,includingprimary healthcare, secondary and tertiary healthcare, medical equipment, diagnostics, health insurance and medical tourism. The ever growing population, increasing government expenditure on health and growing per capita income will increase the size of this industry in the years to come. Per capita income is expected to increase at a CAGR of 5.7% over 2012-18. Rising income means a steady growth in the ability to access healthcare and related services.

Considering all these aspects it is safe to say that the job demand for a Nutritionist is likely to increase infuture.

Government and private hospitals

Health centres


Nursing homes


Cities and towns across India