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Dear sir I just finished my plus two from biology stream. I am interested to take a career as Nutritionists and dieticians please do let me know the career opportunities? | Kalvimalar - News

Dear sir I just finished my plus two from biology stream. I am interested to take a career as Nutritionists and dieticians please do let me know the career opportunities?- 6-Mar-2008

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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. People suffering from certain diseases need to take extra care of their eating habits and the kind of food they eat. Ignorance of this can aggravate the disease, whereas adherence to the right diet can help in speedy recovery or stability of the condition. Major role of dieticians is to assist people in planning their meals depending upon their age, sickness or work routine. Nutritionists counsel individuals and groups, organize the food service systems in hospitals, schools, hotels etc. Dieticians specialize in education, research, administration and clinical/community dietetics.

Some of the sub-categories of Nutritionists and dieticians are as follows. 

  1. Administrative dieticians play a major role in large scale meal planning and monitoring the food preparation process in schools, canteens etc. They take up the entire responsibility of their department and actively participate in selection, training, budgeting, equipment purchase, checking safety regulations, maintaining records etc.
  2. Clinical dieticians are associated with health care institutes, hospitals and nursing homes. Depending on the nutrition needs of the patients, they prepare their diet charts and monitor the results of dietary therapy.
  3. Research dieticians work in the field of nutrition in healthy and therapeutic food items. They work in studying the effects of various types of diet on the body chemistry. They are also involved in conducting highly specialized research in nutritional needs in various different conditions and environments like - space travel etc.

You have not only had excellent opportunities in hospitals but also in food industry too. Lots of food companies employ nutritionists and dieticians to check the nutritional quality of the food products, for new product development and for marketing related advice. There is team work involved in experimenting on flavours and preparations.

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