Career Opportunities in Nutrition & Dietetics

Nutrition & Dietetics Careers

Dietetics is the science and art of feeding individuals based on the principles of nutrition. It can also be said to be the “science and art of human nutritional care.” Diet therapy and its application in patient related settings is a major focus of dietetics. Thus, the field of dietetics can be related to :

  • Nutrition care and intervention focused on the individual.
  • Nutrition care and intervention focused on the group.

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.

They know about food production and processing, psychological factors influencing food choice, digestion and its effects on nutritional aspects. A growing and aging population will increase the demand for meals and nutritional counseling in nursing homes, schools, prisons, community health programs, and home health care agencies.

Role of Dietitian in Health Care

The role of dietitian has come a long way since the early 1900s. Their role is still unknown to a lot of people. Some think that dietitians, as their name implies, only give out diets to make individuals lose weight, whereas this is a small part of their role. The dietitian is the link between the patient and medical team or physician in assisting difficult decisions making about nutrition care.

Asian Society of Perenteral and Enteral Nutrition ( ASEAN ) states that the dietician role in nutrition care has been recommended an adequate source and amount of balanced nutrients according to pre – established standards of care. A dilemma occurs when the disease state of the patient confound the adequacy of nutritional support, which has resulted in the patient’s malnourishment. The dietician should be :

  • Planning Food and Nutrition Programs.
  • Supervising meal preparations in schools and hospitals.
  • Recommending dietary modifications.
  • Educating patients on diets that may help their condition.
  • Working with other healthcare professionals to provide a multidisciplinary healthcare approach.
  • Informing on the severity of illness and complications of treatments, inclusive of the benefits and burdens of feeding in all conceivable routes.
  • Active in the patients care as the dietitian reporting on the nutritional status of the patient, as well as, the advisor to the physician and medicinal team.
  • Informing the legal decisions that may help determine the route of  care for the patient, such as more aggressive or palliative care.

Various Specialized Areas in Dietetics

Clinical Dietitians are specialists in food nutrition services in hospitals, outpatient clinics, and private practices. They assess patient nutrition, develop dietary plans, provide patient counselling, and monitor patient’s progress.

Community Dietitians work in public health agencies, health and fitness clubs, and day care centers. They counsel people on food choices and direct programs in nutrition awareness and disease prevention.

Management Dietitians specialize in food service systems or clinical management. They work in hospitals, nursing homes, school food service, cafeterias, and restaurants. They manage personnel, plan and conduct employee training programs, design food systems, and plan budgets.

Consultant Dietitians are independent business people who work as nursing home consultants, book authors, and patient counselors in medical centers and fitness programs. They also develop and evaluate food service systems and serve as independent advisors to industry.

Nutrition and Dietetics Career Opportunities :

Government Sector : They can work with government hospitals, government’s health department, schools, colleges, factories and office cafeterias for planning nutritional regiment.

Sports and Health Clubs : They can also work 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.

Teaching, Research and Development : 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 helps 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.

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 colleges and universities is also a good option.

Mass Media : Moreover they could find openings in the mass media where top priority is given to disseminating vital information on healthy living.

Gyms, Slimming Centers :

Private Consultant / Practitioner : Experienced dietitians may become assistant, associate, or director of a dietetic department, or become self – employed. Some dietitians specialize in areas such as renal or paediatric dietetics. Besides all these they can also work as private consultant or private practitioner.

Perks / Salary : 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 depending upon work profile and experience. Some 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.

Entry Level : Salary varies from 10,000 to 25,000 rupees / month as per the abilities and experience.

Top Position : Salary varies from rupees 25,000 to 90,000 per month depending on qualifications, position held, experience and location. The job prospects are good and are expected to grow in line with the average job.

List of Institutes of Nutrition and Dietetics in India

Law Colleges
Chandrashekhar Law College, Tq. YadgirDakshinibharat Hindi Prachar Sabha’s Law College, KOPPALDr.B.R.Ambedkar Society’s Arundati Law College, Ranganpet, Tq.ShorapurJashodabai Narayandas Raghunathdas Ladda Law College, Udgi Road, SEDAM - 585 222, District Gulbarga
Jawahar Law College, YADGIR - 585201, District GulbargaR.V. Bidap Law College, Gandhi Gunj, Manhalli Road, BIDAR - 585 403Seth Chunilal Amarchand Bohra Law College, RAICHUR - 584 103Seth Shankarlal Lahoti Law College, Aiwan - e - Shahi Road, GULBARGA - 585102
Sri Mahadevappa Gaddagi Law College, Naubad, Bhalki Road, BIDAR - 585402Siddartha Law College, GulbargaSmt. Indira Priyadarshini Law College, Harallaya Chowk, Tripuranth, BASAVAKALAYAN - 585327, District BidarSri Mata Law College, Hospet, District Bellary
Vunki Sannarudrappa Law College, Kappagal Road, Gandhinagar, BELLARY - 583 103   

List of Institutes of Nutrition and Dietetics through Distance Education in India

PG Courses
H.K.D.E.T. M.Ed PG Course, Humnabad District BidarKotturswamy P.G. Studies in Education ( M.Ed ) Y.Nagesh Shastri Nagar, Kapagal Road, BellaryReshmi Education and Charitable Trust’s Sri Murugarajendra Swamiji M.Ed PG course, Kushnoor Road, Gulbarga - 6Noor Education Trust’s M.Ed PG course, Noor Colony, Near Horticulrural Office, Hyderabad Road, Bidar.
Satyam M.Ed P.G. Centre, No. 195 / C 8th Cross, M.V.Nagar, Kapgal Road, Bellary - 583103.Rajiv Gandhi Rural Education and Multipurpose Trust’s M.Ed PG course V.M.Sanklapur Building, Near Railway Station KOPPAL - 583231Sri Amareshwar Grameena Abhivruddhi Shikshana Kalyan Samste, MBA course, Koppal - 583231Dodappa Appa Institute of M.C.A. course, SB College Campus, Gulbarga
Bapugouda Darshnapur Institute of M.Sc Computer Science, A.K.Complex, Opposite GDA Near Jain Mandir, Sedam Road, Gulbarga.V.V.Sangha’s M.Sc Computer Science Vijayanagar college campus, Dam Road, Hospet, District Bellary.HKE Society’s M.Sc Computer Science B.V.B. College campus BidarKarnataka College, Bidar
Sri Sharanabasaveshwar College of Fine Art ( PG course ), Sharana Nagar GulbargaNutan Vidyalaya Society’s Music PG Course SB Temple Road, GulbargaMVM College of Visual Arts, Behind Corporation office, Public Garden Gulbarga (MVA)