Nutrition and Dietetics Jobs

Saturday, February 25, 2017

If you harbor a passion for managing dietary plans or concocting nutrition schemes for various organizations, then you might want to consider the field of dietetics and nutrition. Both fields coexist on the basis that these job holders will mete out valuable advice to people requiring modifications to their otherwise health-damaging eating habits. Dietetics and nutrition jobs are generally quite sought after, with an employment rate of 60,000 in 2009.
If that doesn't sound impressive, then you might want to know that the current employment rate for people with dietetics and nutrition jobs has been predicted to burgeon by 2018 due to the increasing general population in hospitals, geriatric centers and academic institutions. The annual salary of a dietician or nutritionist was noted at $52,150 in 2009, and this number has blossomed over the years. In order to practice in the United States however, a dietitian must complete a certification examination before earning a Registered Dietitian (RD) license from the Commission on Dietetic Registration by the American Dietetic Association (ADA). Do take note that nutritionists on the other hand, don't necessarily come with the relevant training associated with their practice, thus prompting the regulation of its job term in some states.
Dietetics and nutrition jobs generally encompass a broad spectrum of learning. If you're interested in the field, you might have to take several medical subjects such as Nutrition, Biochemistry, Physiology, Microbiology, Biology and Chemistry. Other elective subjects that might be valuable incorporate Statistics, Economics, Food Management, Psychology, Sociology, and Mathematics. The main reason why there is such an assorted range of subjects you can pick from is because dietetics and nutrition jobs touch miscellaneous working niches that dabble in various healthcare- and non-healthcare-related fields. For example, there are several different types of dietitians that you can become.
Administrative dietitians are those who direct and manage mega-scale food policies in hospitals, government bodies etc. Business dietitians on the other hand use media communications such television shows, magazine columns and radio channels to educate the public on correct eating habits. A community dietitian applies nutritional principles to daily lifestyles via home care and public health agencies while a consultation dietitian is a private practitioner that comes in as a nutritional adviser in hospitals. A clinical dietitian is someone working alongside other medical personnel in formulating the ideal dietary intake for in-patients and a food service dietitian assesses food services in public institutions such as hospitals, prisons, schools and restaurants. Other types of dietitians include a neonatal dietitian that prescribes the ideal diet for sick infants, a pediatric dietitian that formulates new diet schemes for children with eating disorders, food allergies or obesity, and a research dietitian who explores different scientific methods to improve the nutritional value of certain foods.

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