I am in final-year computer science engineering. What are the career prospects for network engineering ?

Network engineering involves a group of system, network, and operations professionals responsible for designing, securing and overseeing the Tufts data network. Computer networks (including the Internet, the biggest network of them all) are now firmly established as the information backbone of many organisations. Networks can vary greatly in size and scope, from a few computers on a local network to a vast international set-up.

Network engineering has evolved to address the many aspects of designing, developing, installing, and maintaining these networks.

As a Network Engineer responsible for a small network you might undertake most of the required engineering functions. If you are involved with a large network, you would be more likely to specialise in a particular area such as hardware installation, software writing, or troubleshooting.

Typical network engineering duties can include any aspect of networking. These might include computer terminals, networked servers and printers, and data and voice communications. You could be responsible for researching and recommending a particular hardware configuration or selecting, writing, or customizing software code to make the network function. You might have to deal with mainframes or desktop PCs or more specialised components of communication systems such as routers and switches. You would probably also get involved in testing and maintaining your network on an ongoing basis. Large networks require considerable documentation, and providing that is yet another function of network engineering.

Because networks are so widespread and their use is increasing, the demand for the skills of good network engineers should be strong and you will find job opportunities in almost any kind of organisation or business you can think of. Typical positions include Network Technician, Network Services Administrator, and Network Control Analyst. Once you have acquired experience in Network Engineering, you can aim for positions at supervisor and managerial level.

I am studying Plus-Two biology group. Please provide details about a career in clinical nutrition.

Clinical nutrition is the study of relationship between food and the well-being of the body. More specifically, it is the science of nutrients and how they are digested, absorbed, transported, metabolised, stored, and discharged by the body. Besides studying how food works in the body, nutritionists are interested in how the environment affects the quality and safety of foods, and how these factors influence health and disease.

Nutritionists and dieticians plan nutrition programmes. They are responsible for promoting sound eating habits through education and research; they are mainly concerned with food and health. They know about food production and processing, psychological factors influencing food choice, digestion and its effects on nutritional aspects. Dieticians advise and plan special diets for diabetics and those suffering from other diseases.

Job opportunities for dieticians and nutritionists are in multi-speciality hospitals, catering departments of star hotels, baby food manufacturing companies, food research institutes and large catering organisations.

The health and hospitality industry requires the services of nutritionists and dieticians.

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