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Nutrition and Dietetics

12/10/2014 Career





Diet plays a major role in promotion of health and
well being of individual. A good and balanced diet
habit improves the quality of life while poor diet
may lead to morbidity and diseases. Nutritionists
and dietetics are concerned with this aspect. While
Dietetics is related to food management, Nutrition
is related to promotion of health. Due to changes in
food habits of most of the urban population, role of
nutritionists and dieticians is becoming more
important. They suggest corrective food habits
considering various aspects of an individual such as
age, work routine and sickness etc. and thereby
improving their quality of life. They also educate
their clients about preparation of food according to
the principles of nutrition.



Course Details

The minimum requirement for a career in Dietetics
and Nutrition is a graduate/post-graduate degree in
Home Science/Dietetics and Nutrition/Food
Science/Technology. Candidates desiring to seek
admission into Bachelor courses in all these
subjects should have passed 10+2 with science
subjects. Some collages/universities also offer B.A
courses in Home Science for which science at 10+2 is
not necessary. This Bachelor courses is of three
year duration. For post-graduate courses in Home
Science/Dietetics and Nutrition/Food Technology,
graduation in these subjects is must. The
post-graduate level courses are of two year
duration. Besides, there is one year Post Graduate
Diploma in Dietetics and Public Health Nutrition (DDPHN).
After doing Post graduation programme, one can also
go in for PhD and do Research in Food and Nutrition.



Career Prospects

Nutritionists and dieticians have multiple career
options. They can work with government hospitals,
government's health department, school, collages,
factories and office cafeterias for planning
nutritional regiment. They also can be hired for
sports hostels and athletes camps. Health and
recreation clubs, canteen and nursing care
facilities also require the services of
Nutritionists and dietitians. Employment
opportunities are also open to them in catering
department of star hotels and restaurants and
research labs of food manufacturers. Moreover they
could find openings in the mass media where top
priority is given to disseminating vital information
on healthy living. They also can opt for research
career mainly in universities, public or private
sector research institutes, food product
manufacturing companies and hospitals. Teaching the
science of nutrition of dietetics in collages and
universities is also a good option available to
Nutritionists and dietitians. Besides all these they
can also work as private consultant or private
practitioner.



Institutes Offering

There are several universities
in India those offer B.Sc/M.Sc courses in Nutrition
and Dietetics. Some of them are
University of
Madras, Chennai;
Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai;

University of Mumbai, Mumbai;
Mahatma Gandhi
University, Kottayam; Tamilnadu
Agricultural
University, Coimbatore;
Maharaja Syajiro University
of Baroda, Vadodara;
Maharana Pratap University of
Agriculture and Technology,
Udaipur;
Acharya N.G.
Ranga Agricultural University, Hyderabad;
Allahabad
Agricultural Institute, Allahabad;
Central Food
Technological Research Institute, Mysore;
Indira
Gandhi National Open University ,New Delhi;

Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University,
Hyderabad;
Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra;
Lady
Irwin College, New Delhi;
Madurai Kamaraj
University, Madurai;
National Institute of Nutrition
( NTR University of Health Science), Hyderabad and

Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana.




Remuneration

Dietetics and Nutrition is a remunerative job. Those
who are working in government hospitals, academic
institutions, research institutes and other agencies
have salaries as fixed by the government which is
between Rs 8,000 to Rs. 15,000 per month depending
upon work profile and experience. Private sector
hotels, restaurants, food manufactures offer higher
salary and attractive perks. Independent
Practitioner and Private Consultants also have good
earning which largely depends upon number and nature
of their clients.


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