Make others stay in shape with a career in dietetics

  • Usha Albuquerque, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Feb 25, 2016 20:58 IST
The basic eligibility for an MSc in any food and nutrition degree course is a BSc home science. (Shutterstock)

With most people in urban India focusing on health and fitness, the field of nutrition and dietetics offers great professional scope. Career counsellor Usha Albuquerque talks about the prospects in this column.

I am a home science graduate and want to pursue master’s in dietetics and applied nutrition. What are the prospects?

– Kusum Sharma

Nutrition and dietetics is the science of managing food and nutrition to promote health. Any MSc in a food and nutrition course will require some background knowledge of food science, physiology and related subjects. If you have studied some of these subjects in your graduation, you may be able to apply for the MSc programmes. The basic eligibility for an MSc in any food and nutrition degree course is a BSc home science and courses related to nutrition and dietetics and food service management and dietetics. You could also consider a PG diploma in nutrition and dietetics which may be possible through distance learning, before taking up the MSc course. Indira Gandhi National Open University offers MSc in dietetics and food service management for students from a basic home science degree course.

I am appearing for my Class 10 examinations in March 2016. I want to take up a professional course after Class 12. What are the options available for me?

– Shubh Soni

You can take up a professional course directly after Class 10. You have two options for taking this study route. One is to complete Class 12 through the National Open School which is a school board like any other, but gives you options for studying non-academic/vocational subjects. This enables you to apply for higher education to any recognised university, should you wish to do so at a later stage. Through the NIOS, you can take up five subjects for senior secondary Class 12 which can include two languages, as also more practical subjects like data processing, painting, mass communication, home science and accountancy.

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The other option is to take up job-oriented programmes directly after Class 10. There are several vocational courses you can take for which Class 10 is the requirement. There are many polytechnics, both government and private that offer diploma courses in various disciplines related to food services, the construction industry, computers, technical courses, paramedical, architectural, accounting, etc. Admission to these courses is available to Class 10 students and the course duration can be one to three years. If you have some experience in computers, you could join a basic level computer course to handle data entry and operations.

Send your queries at ­hteducation@­ or to Career Counselling, HT Education, 1st floor, HT House, 18-20, KG Marg, New Delhi-110001. The columnist is director of Careers Smart, and author of the Penguin India Career Guides Vol 1 and 2.

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