What is Dietetics?
Dietetics is the integration of the science behind food and nutrition, with its application to health.
Dietitians and Nutritionists
We plan food and nutrition programmes, and supervise the preparation and serving of meals. In addition, a Dietitian can also act as a consultant to other medical professions to provide medical nutrition therapy and implement diet strategies for chronic conditions, illnesses or injuries.
Major areas of dietetics include: clinical, community, food service, management and consultant dietetics. Dietitians may also be involved in conducting research.
What Qualifications Do I Require?
To be a qualified nutritionist recognised by SNDA, you will need…
– Degree in Nutrition (3yrs)
– Post-graduate Degree course majoring in Nutrition
Temasek Polytechnic offers a full-time diploma in basic food and nutrition. However, this diploma will not qualify you as a nutritionist
To be a practising Dietitian, one of the following must be obtained…
– Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics (3-4yrs)
– Degree in Nutrition (3yrs) + Post-Graduate Diploma in Dietetics
– Degree in Science, majoring in Physiology and Biochemistry (3yrs) + Masters in Dietetics (2yrs)
In addition at least 6 months of clinical internship must be completed.
Employment & Advancement Opportunities for Dietitians and Nutritionists
Dietitians can be employed in a wide variety of work areas including acute and community hospitals, community dietetics, nutrition surveillance and research, education and training of facilitators, education institutions as lectureres, food service management and industry, private consultants and pharmaceuticals.
Experienced Dietitians may advance to assistant, associate, or director of a dietetic department, or become self-employed. Some Dietitians specialize in areas such as renal or pediatric dietetics. Others may leave the occupation to become sales representatives for equipment, pharmaceutical, or food manufacturers.
Career prospects are good in view of the increasing emphasis on the nutritional support and dietary care of patients, as well as on the promotion of healthy lifestylepractices among population. A growing aging population will also increase the demand for meals and nutritional counselling in nursing homes and community health programmes.
Is There A Professional Nutrition Organization in Singapore?
Yes. The Singapore Nutrition & Dietetics Association (SNDA) is a professional organization for Nutritionists and Dietetians. The SNDA is a founding member of the Asian Federation of Dietetic Associations (AFDA), a member of the International Confederation of Dietetics Association (ICDA), and the Federation of Asian Nutrition Societies (FANS).