As a nutritionist /dietitian you will provide consultation on nutrition and diet in order to enable people to adopt a healthy lifestyle and remain free of diseases.
Nutritionists provide advice to clients about diet and nutrition and the relationship between good eating habits and the prevention or management of diseases. They develop meal plans based on the client’s needs and preferences and also on the cost. Dieticians may work in hospitals and health-care facilities providing medical nutrition therapy to patients. They develop and prescribe special diet plans for patients with particular diseases like kidney failure, hypertension and diabetes.
The tasks of Nutritionists and dieticians in a typical day’s work may vary depending up on their areas of specialisation. These may involve
Taking science stream with physics, biology, and chemistry as main subjects with an aggregate score of 55% in all the subjects is a prerequisite for admission to the graduate program in almost every college and institution.
This is generally 3 years course. Admission procedures may vary depending on the institutions.
This is a 2 years course. Some institutions conduct entrance exams and in others the admission criteria is merit based.
Further studies in this field is recommended for those who are interested in pursuing a research career in related fields.
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Organisational skills are important for nutritionists as they have to schedule appointments with clients, manage and maintain client files. They also have to be aware of the costs of meals and accessibility of different kinds of food.
Nutritionists have to keep updated about the latest findings and innovations in food sciences. Research and Analytical skills are vital for them as they have to interpret these findings of nutritional scientists and put them into practice
Listening skills and empathy are crucial aspects of a dietitian’s personality ,they have to listen carefully to the needs and issues of the patients be empathetic in the attempts to solve their problems
Problem solving skills are vital for nutritionists as they have to determine the most suitable diet for their clients’ health on the basis of evaluations.