Dietician Course and Career Info Description
To be a dietician, you have to take up B.S. in Nutrition in college. This college course teaches you about food and nutrition; the importance of preparing, cooking, and eating the right types of food; and the nutritional values of food. In addition to these, the course also teaches students about nutrition guidelines, the consequences of not following the right diet, and the benefits of the right one. This will also teach you about the human body, diseases, and the effects of food on the body as well as microbiology, biochemistry, chemistry, psychology, among others. Of note, dieticians are very much different from nutritionists. The former are qualified health professionals, while the latter are not. Also, you have to pass the licensure examination after your formal education to become a dietician, while the latter has no licensure examination and no formal education.
Cost of Education:
A full four-year course of B.S. Nutrition can cost you anywhere from P210,000 to as high as P290,000. The cost of education though depends upon the university and whether it is a public or a private institution.
Top Universities for Course:
- Some of the top universities for this course includes the University of the Philippines, Los Banos; University of Santo Tomas; and Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Sta. Mesa. You could also try Philippine Women’s University, Universidad de Sta. Isebel in Naga City, Tarlac State University, or University of San Carlos.
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Course Skills and Factors
- Respectful to people.
- Responsive and attentive to the needs of his patients or clients.
- Patient, tactful, and well-mannered.
- Good rapport and communication skills, be it verbal or written.
- Good knowledge of food nutrition, metabolism, and the human body.
- Good knowledge of how eating habits and lifestyle affect the body.
- Ability to communicate to patients and clients the need for a healthier lifestyle without sounding judgmental and insensitive.
- The main responsibility of a dietician is to not only develop healthy menu plans in a hospital, cafeteria, or nursing home but to also supervise the whole process, making sure that the staff is meeting food health, safety, and nutrition guidelines. He also provides nutrition counseling as well as work with an interdisciplinary team in caring for a patient.
Career Outlook and Global Demand
Middle Eastern countries that are hiring Filipino dieticians are Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Oman. KSA, Qatar, as well as UAE are also hiring dieticians from the Philippines.
An entry-level dietician typically earns P13,000 to P15,000 each month, including incentives as well as allowances.
Opportunities for Advancement:
From an entry-level dietician, you could advance to managerial and supervisory positions.