What are the Career Opportunities of a Dietician ?
Nutritionists and dieticians deal with people to inform and guide them about the diet they should take to improve the general health, to avoid certain diseases or to keep the existing ailments in control.
Dieticians guide people on healthy eating habits and draw up a personalized food plan that meets the patient’s dietary restrictions, occupational constraints, fitness and stress levels.
To enter this field one should have an interest in fitness, food and good health. “Besides this one needs knowledge about food availability in the market so as to guide each individual as per their lifestyles. Also, one requires excellent communication and counselling skills. Other skills which are advantageous include marketing know-how, time management and business skills.
“After Class 12 in Science one has to major in Dietetics or Food Science and Nutrition to complete graduation. Then a Masters in Nutrition is needed. After completing post graduation, one can also go in for a PhD and do research in Food and Nutrition. One has to give RD exams so as to be a registered dietician.
Area of work
Dieticians help promote good health through proper eating. They supervise the preparation and service of food, develop modified diets, participate in research, and educate individuals and groups on good nutritional habits.
“In a medical setting, a dietician may provide specific artificial nutritional needs to patients unable to consume food normally. Clinical dieticians work in hospitals and other health care facilities to provide nutrition therapy to patients according to the disease processes, provide individual dietary consultations to patients and their family members and also conduct group educations for other health workers, patients and the public community dieticians work with wellness programs and international health organizations.
Nutrition and Dietetics is a vital, growing field and the opportunities and possibilities in this field are endless. “Nutritionists and dieticians can work in hospitals, food industry, food provision, education and public relations.
Other possibilities include a career in clinical nutrition, sports nutrition, public health and community nutrition, research career and clinical studies. They can also work as consultants or do private practice. Initially one starts at Rs 10,000 per month, depending upon ones experience and profile it increases.