Career in Nutrition Dietics
Ever increasing demand for Nutritionists and Dietitians
A nutritionist is a person who advises on matters of food and nutrition impacts on health. Different professional terms are used in different countries, employment settings and contexts – some examples include: nutrition scientist, public health nutritionist, dietitian-nutritionist, clinical nutritionist, and sports nutritionist. Some use the terms “dietitian” and “nutritionist” as basically interchangeable.
Nutrition examines the association between diet and health. Diet plays a vital role in the health and well being of human body. A good quality and balanced diet is vital for good health. Improper eating habits and lack of nutrition causes many diseases. Many of these diseases can be prevented with better nutrition and diet. Nutrition and Dietetics is the field related to this aspect of health.
Dietetics is the science of managing food and nutrition for better health. Dietitians are professionals who focus in this field. Dietitians are trained to provide secure and evidence-based dietary advice.
Employment Facts – Dietitians and Nutritionists:
Dietitians and nutritionists held about 1,50,000 jobs in 2011. More than half of all Dietitians and nutritionists worked in hospitals, nursing homes, and physician’s offices and clinics.
The need for Dietitians and nutritionists is increasing every day with sedentary lifestyles, high consumption of fast food and other food related health disorders at an all-time high. Whether in schools, hospitals or communities, Dietitians and nutritionists are sought after allied medical health professionals because of their understanding of healthy eating and nutrition.
If you are interested in working with food and nutrition you may want to consider a career as a dietician or nutritionist. The first step to a career as a dietician or nutritionist is to pursue a proper bachelor’s degree in nutrition and dietetics.
Several collages/universities/institutes in India offer Bachelors Program in Nutrition & Dietetics. Manav Rachna International University provides Bachelor and Master of Science in Nutrition & Dietetics. The university also provides Ph.D. in Nutrition and Dietetics.
The programme at Manav Rachna provides a greater understanding of the scientific basis of nutrition and the influence of good nutrition on health. This course has a multidisciplinary emphasis providing a broad base of knowledge and skills. The characteristic feature that sets this course apart from various other courses is the provision of internship/ field placement for two months in the final year. This provides the student with an opportunity to interact with the community and participate in the development process. The student who leaves the portal of the institution would be an independent and confident person who has acquired knowledge of self, professional and communication skills.
Some of the
highlights of the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics at Manav Rachna International University:
· The 1st ever 14th Commonwealth International Sports Science Congress was held at Manav Rachna International University
· 104 Physiotherapy and Nutrition students of MRIU were selected to work as Dope Control Officers at the Commonwealth Games held in New Delhi
· Placement opportunities with renowned groups and hospitals
· Strategic tie up with Leeds, England and Lahiti University of Applied Sciences, Lahiti, Finland, International Institute of Health Promotion (IIHP) USA and Australian Institute of Sports.
Through the campus recruitment drive in Manav Rachna students have been placed in VLCC, Renova Health Care, Herbal Life International, British Biological etc. Apart from in campus recruitment drive students of Manav Rachna are also working as Dietitians/ Nutritionist/ consultants with various hospitals/health care centers/organizations like Asian Hospital, Faridabad, Fortis Escorts Hospital, Faridabad, Diabetic Clinic, Rohini, IBM Gurgoan. Internationally, students have worked during CWG 2010 as medical officer.