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How important it is to have excellent communication skills if I want to work as a Dietician in top companies?

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RE: How important it is to have excellent communication skills if I want to work as a Dietician in top companies?

Rahul Shinde
Rahul Shinde
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Dear Mr. Anshul,

Greeting's for the day!!!

After passing your twelfth class, a course in nutrition and dietetics can offer you an exciting career opportunity. A degree in Home Science or Hotel Management would take you to higher levels of knowledge regarding nutrition and dietetics.

Conventionally, in India, it is the women who venture into this domain. However, due to ample opportunities these days, men are also pursuing a career in this field.


- Required Skills:


You could follow the steps mentioned below to get hired as a dietician:

  1. Keep your knowledge upgraded on latest food measurement techniques for measuring calories of food consumed and various nutrition elements such as fats, carbohydrates, proteins etc. Several magazines and journals provide comments from expert dieticians.
  2. You are expected to have good communication skills. Thus, sound optimistic and confident during interviews.

  3. If you work in top Companies, you must have strong Communication Skills.


- Tips for Speaking With Individuals With Limited Literacy:


- Limit the number of concepts you teach at one time. Less is more if patients understand the information.

- Use simple, jargon-free language and define technical terms. According to Health Literacy From A to Z: Practical Ways to Communicate Your Health Message by Helen Osborne, MEd, OTR/L, patients often do not understand jargon. For example, in healthcare, "unremarkable" generally means you're fine, while "positive" means you're not.

- Organize information so that the most important messages stand out. Repeat these vital messages.

- Ask patients to "teach back" what you just taught. For example, ask, "I want to be sure that I did a good job explaining an appropriate diet for high blood pressure because it can be confusing. Can you tell me which foods are high in salt?" If the patient does not repeat the information correctly, rephrase it rather than simply repeating it.

- Be an active listener. Encourage patients to share information they feel is necessary for their visit. Pose open-ended questions. Instead of asking, "Do you have any questions?" ask the patient, "What questions do you have for me?"

- Use demonstrations and hands-on activities. Practice reading food labels with patients and clients and demonstrate portion sizes using food models. Repetition of skills helps build confidence and improve recall.


- Job Prospect:


As a career, hotels, cruise lines, hospitals, nursing homes and government health departments recruit nutrition and dietetics professionals for a good salary. If you join a shipping company such as Shell, Maersk or their subsidiary companies that run tourist ships along with logistics and oil etc, you would get the opportunity to travel to several countries situated along the shorelines.


- Pay Packet:


A fresher who has completed a course in Nutrition and Dietetics may draw anywhere between Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 20,000 in a standard hospital or nursing home of repute. Several sports organizations, companies and factories hire these professionals for designing a healthy menu for their cafeteria. Spas and clinics hire dieticians to use them for designing healthy, low-calorie monthly food charts for their customers. When combined with a degree in hotel management, the salary levels could be between Rs 20,000 to Rs 25,000.


- Job Roles:


A course in nutrition and dietetics is as good as a hotel management course if knowledge is continuously upgraded about foods, measurement scales, and medical implications. If you are employed in a hospital, you can learn a lot about nursing and pharmacy which could be further used to complement your career as a dietician.


- Top Companies:


The top 5 companies in the hospitality industry hiring nutrition professionals are as mentioned below:

- Hyatt Corporation
- Accor Hospitality
- Taj Group of Hotels
- Vatika Group
- Le Meridien

Besides these, there are several companies in other industries such as Apollo group of hospitals, AIIMS and other private nursing homes that hire nutritionists and dieticians. Top-ended sports clubs and fitness centres also employ these professionals.

Further doubts or queries feel free to contact.

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Regards,
Rahul.

RE: How important it is to have excellent communication skills if I want to work as a Dietician in top companies?

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