Nutrition and Dietetics
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Nutrition and Dietetics : Job Prospects & Career Options

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Nutrition and Dietetics is a vital, growing field and the opportunities and possibilities in this field are endless. Nutritionists and dieticians could find employment in hospitals, health and recreation clubs, canteens,nursing care facilities,teach the science of nutrition and dietetics in colleges and universities, catering departments of star hotels, research labs of food manufacturers, in health departments of government etc. They can also work as consultants or do private practice. Moreover they could find openings in the mass media where top priority is given to disseminating vital information on healthy living.

The main fields in which a dietician or nutritionists can work is in Food service field, Institutional Catering, Health Care field, Research & Development and Social Welfare. Food service field include food Catering service, Restaurants etc where professionals can do menu planning, monitoring the food preparation etc. Institutional Catering is another field where Nutrition and dietetics professionals are needed to plan, supervise and prepare nutritious and well-balanced meals for schools, colleges, factories or office cafeterias etc. Their work may also include the estimation and purchase of food supplies and equipment; receiving, checking and taking inventories of provisions etc. Those who are involved in such work are called Administrative or Management dietitian or Nutritionists.

In Health Care field,people suffering from certain diseases such as diabetics, heart diseases, obesity etc, need to take extra care of their eating habits and the kind of food they eat. Depending on the nutrition needs of the patients, dieticians prepare their diet charts and monitor the results of dietary therapy and maintain records. Professionals working in this field are called Clinical/ Therapeutic dietitian or Nutritionists. Research and Development involves conducting research on various food items to ensure their quality as well as studying the effects of various types of diet on the body chemistry in labs. The research dietician or nutritionists do research on nutritive value of food which help to understand the various components of food we eat and the right type of food which provides a balanced mix of the essentials like vitamins, minerals etc needed for the human body.  Organizations involved in food product manufacture use the services of the nutritionist or dietician to plan and research new products as well as to check the nutritional quality of their products. Research careers occur mainly in universities, specialist institutions, food product manufacturing companies and hospitals.

Nutrition and dietetics professionals also work for Social Welfare,they work in organizations mainly public health departments run by government, which helps in improving the eating habits and consequently, the health of the public. Public Health / Community dietitian.

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