Wellness and Beauty industry is one of the fastest growing industries in India today. Increasing emphasis on a healthy and wholesome lifestyle has been a springboard for the industry. The health, beauty and wellness Industry in India is now at an all-time high, with its growth, twice as fast as the US and European markets.
The NABH (National Accreditation Board for Hospitals & Healthcare Providers) defines Wellness as “a state of a healthy balance of the mind and body that results in overall well-being.” It is interesting to note the manner in which this industry has used the business potential of traditional Indian practices and home remedies and has moved from being a notion about luxury services to becoming a necessity. This is attributed to the fact that people want to live longer and healthier lives and so wellness, at some level or the other, is no longer the comfort of the rich.
Challenges for Wellness Industry
Paucity of skilled and trained personnel is one of the biggest challenges in the industry today. Wellness services, it is estimated, will require 600,000 additional skilled personnel over the next five years. The industry needs professionally trained individuals who can address the needs of this fast growing industry.
Symbiosis Skills and Open University has taken a significant step in addressing these challenges by introducing for the first time in India, a full-time B.Sc in Beauty and Wellness program, which will give comprehensive knowledge of both Beauty and Wellness Industry. This first-of-its-kind degree contains two verticals, one of which includes prospects in Wellness Industry and other in Beauty Industry.
The verticals in Wellness Industry include:-
- Diet Management
- Human Nutrition
- Nutritional Biochemistry
- Certificate course in
- Food Safety
- Weight Management
- Sports Nutrition
- Wellness Coaching
- Therapeutic Nutrition
Career Opportunities in Wellness Industry
There are numerous opportunities for nutrition and wellness experts. They can work in government hospitals, government’s health departments, schools, colleges, factories and office cafeterias to plan nutritional regiment. Health and recreation clubs, Gyms, Slimming Centres, canteen and nursing care facilities also require the services of nutritionists and dietitians.
The students can also work for sports hostels, athletes’ camps and Health Clubs. They can work as a certified Wellness coach in IT companies, schools and colleges. They can work as a Nutritionist or Regional Manager in Nutraceutical companies. More ever they can find their place in Food Research Industry.
Research and development involve conducting research on various food items to ensure their quality as well as studying the effects of various types of diet on the body chemistry in labs. They can also opt for research career mainly in universities, public or private sector research institutes, food product manufacturing companies and hospitals. Teaching the science of nutrition of dietetics in colleges and universities is also a good option. Moreover they could find openings in the mass media where top priority is given to disseminating vital information on healthy living. Experienced dietitians may become assistant, associate, or director of a dietetic department, or become self-employed. Some dietitians specialise in areas such as renal or paediatric dietetics. Besides all these, they can also work as private consultant or private practitioner.
Perks/Salary: Dietetics and Nutrition is a remunerative job. Those who are working in government hospitals, academic institutions, research institutes and other agencies have salaries as fixed by the government depending upon work profile and experience. Some private sector hotels, restaurants, food manufactures offer higher salary and attractive perks. Independent practitioner and private consultants also have good earning which largely depends upon number and nature of their clients.
Written by : Dr Meesha Deshpande