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Influences on the selection of dietetics as a career.

Authors
  • Kobel, K A
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of the American Dietetic Association
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Mar 01, 1997
Volume
97
Issue
3
Pages
254–257
Identifiers
PMID: 9060940
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Findings identified that recruitment strategies need to be audience specific. Because career decision making appears to occur during one of three time frames (high school, college, or work experience), recruitment activities should be developed to specifically target students at these times. One way to increase the exposure of students to the profession of dietetics is for registered dietitians to give guest lectures in introductory college courses and high school upper-class courses in health, home economics, and biology. The use of university/college catalogs as effective marketing tools should also not be underestimated. Data suggest that gender differences exist in factors that influence persons to choose dietetics as a career. To increase the number of men who pursue careers in dietetics, future research should be designed to more fully explore gender differences, so that strategies to recruit more men into the profession can be developed.

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