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Career as Dietician and Nutritionist

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Nutrition and Dietetics is relatively a new field which has gain importance with the realization that the quality of life depends on the quality of food we eat, and that inappropriate eating habits can lead to many major diseases. It is a science of managing food and nutrition to promote health. The job of nutritionist or dietician is to assist people in planning meals depending upon their age, sickness or work routine, counsel and educate them about healthy eating, selection and preparation of food items according to the principles of nutrition and evaluate and advice changes in the diets periodically.

Job Scope & Career for Dietician & Nutritionist

Qualified dieticians can provide the services in hospitals, help fix nutritional regimens for patients. They can be part of physical training institutes, camps and organizations related to sports and athletics, swimming, mountaineering or similar adventure expeditions and sports. They can work in the health clubs as nutrition advisor. They can have specialization in obesity, pediatrics, diabetes, heart ailments which has the scope for becoming a specialist consultant as private practice. Food industry has a vast requirement of qualified dieticians for planning and improving their products and developing new products as well. The nutritionists also have excellent prospects in mass media where top priority lies in disseminating vital information on healthy living. The today’s trends shows increasing awareness about health and fitness and so the demand of qualified nutritionists is proportionately increasing. The field is observed to be particularly dominated by women.

Programs & Eligibility for Dietician & Nutritionist

Candidates seeking admission to the course in Bachelor program in Nutrition & Dietetics are required to have 10+2 in science stream with physics, chemistry, home science and biology.

Postgraduation program may be Master program (M.Sc.) of 2 years duration in Dietetics and Nutrition or 1 year Post-Graduation Diploma in Dietetics and Public Health Nutrition (DDPHN). Those with Bachelors degree in food science, home science, hotel management & catering technology, microbiology, biochemistry and medicine are eligible for Post Graduate level Degrees or Diplomas. The one year DDPHN course has a compulsory three-month internship, working in a hospital under a qualified dietician.

Institutes for Dietetics and Nutrition Science

  • Aiman College of Arts and Science for Women, Tiruchirappalli (Tamil Nadu)
    K.Sathanur , Tiruchirappalli (Tiruchirappalli (Trichy) Dist.) – 620 021
  • Annai Veilankannis College of Arts and Science, Chennai (Tamil Nadu)
    Annai Veilankanni’s Educational and Cultural Society, #81/33 V.G.P. Salai, Saidapet , Chennai (Chennai Dist.) – 600015
  • Bharath Institute of Catering Technology and Hotel Management, Thanjavur (Tamil Nadu)
    Trichy Road , Near New Bus Stand , Thanjavur (Thanjavur Dist.) – 613 005
  • Ethiraj College for Women, Chennai (Tamil Nadu)
    Ethiraj Salai, Egmore , Chennai (Chennai Dist.) – 600108
  • Ginni Devi Modi Girls PG College, Ghaziabad (Uttar Pradesh)
    Modinagar , Ghaziabad (Ghaziabad Dist.) – 201204
  • Indira Gandhi Jayanthi Women’s College, Villupuram (Tamil Nadu)
    Nolambur Road, Krishnaveni nagar, Kizh Gudalore Tindivanam Taluk , Villupuram (Villupuram Dist.) – 604307
  • Jamal Mohamed College, Tiruchirappalli (Tamil Nadu)
    Post Box No. 808, 7, Race Course Road, Khaja Nagar , Tiruchirappalli (Tiruchirappalli (Trichy) Dist.) – 620020
  • M.O.P. Vaishnav College for Women, Chennai (Tamil Nadu)
    20, IV Lane, Nungambakkam High Road , Chennai (Chennai Dist.) – 600034
  • Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai (Tamil Nadu)
    Palkalai Nagar , Madurai (Madurai Dist.) – 625021
  • Maharaja College For Women, Erode (Tamil Nadu)
    Erode Road, Perundurai , Erode (Erode Dist.) – 638052
  • Mahendra Arts and Science College, Namakkal (Tamil Nadu)
    Kalippatti (Po), Attayampatty (Via), Tiruchengodu (Tk) , Namakkal (Namakkal Dist.) – 637 501
  • Prof. Dhanapalan College For Women, Kelambakkam (Tamil Nadu)
    Old Mahabalipuram Road , Kelambakkam (Kancheepuram Dist.) – 603103
  • Quaid-E-Millath Government College for Women, Chennai (Tamil Nadu)
    754, Anna Salai , Chennai (Chennai Dist.) – 600002
  • Queen Mary’s College, Chennai (Tamil Nadu)
    Near MRTS Railway Station, Light House, Opposite Gandhi Statue, Marina, Next to DGP Office , Chennai (Chennai Dist.) – 600004
  • R.V.S. (Ratnavel Subrahmaniam) College of Arts and Science, Sulur (Tamil Nadu)
    242 – B, Trichy Road , Sulur (Coimbatore Dist.) – 641402

The list of institutes provided here is not exhaustive. Various local science colleges and medical colleges in your area may also be offering the programs in Dietetics and Nutrition Science.

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