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Nutrition and dietetics as career options

Ranjan K Baruah *



Life style diseases are increasing in many parts of the world including India. Our life style is not like before. Most people are busy in daily life. Work pressure and new trends of employment are indirectly bringing challenges to our health. In this juncture we are concerned about diet and more importantly balanced diet. Balance diet means good health and that leads to positive things around us.

We might be wondering about the connection of diet in connection with career. Dietetics is the science of managing food and nutrition to promote health.

From a normal day to the time when we are sick or people are admitted in hospital dieticians or nutritionists play an important role. Dieticians or nutritionists advise people on diets and food habit which keep them healthy in life.

Dietetics is related to food management, nutrition is related to promotion of health.

It is not only dealing with individuals or patient but there is more demand of this career option these days. Dieticians or nutritionists are hired in many places like in hospitals, hotels, educational institutes, etc.

Organisations involved in food product manufacture use the services of the nutritionist or dietician to plan and research new products. The nutritionists also have excellent prospects in the mass media where top of priority is given to disseminating vital information on healthy living.

There are many courses like B Sc in Clinical Nutrition, Dietetics and Catering Management, B Sc Food and Nutrition, B Sc Food Science, Nutrition and Food Quality Control, B.Sc. Nutrition and Dietetics, etc.

There are also certificate courses like Certificate Course in Food and Nutrition, Certificate Course in Nutrition and Dietetics, etc. There are master level courses as well as short term courses like diploma, post graduate diploma, etc.

Career opportunities can be found in government sector, sports and health clubs, teaching, research and development, some might also get opportunities to work with various media houses, gyms and slimming centres, etc. Some can start their own venture as consultant or start their own enterprise related to the field.

The National Institute of Nutrition, Hyderabad is a premier institute under Indian Council of Medical Research, an autonomous body under the Ministry of Health and Family welfare, Government of India that offers regular nutrition training courses every year.

As lifestyle has changed or changing these career brings tremendous opportunities for the young people from the region. One should not thing that it limits to only people who are sick but there are tremendous potential of this career opportunities.

As people are becoming concern about health so this area shall bring more options and opportunities in near future.

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* Ranjan K Baruah wrote this article for The Sangai Express
The writer is a career mentor and can be contacted at bkranjan(AT)gmail(DOT)com
This article was posted on July 27, 2017.


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