While you might have the ability to provide individual support and counseling on general wellness or nutrition, the position of wellness director mainly focuses on managing, coordinating and developing fitness and wellness programs and services. This includes a wide range of responsibilities, from creating a marketing strategy to training staff to overseeing the safety of facilities and their operations.
This position can exist within a variety of environments, such as a gym, college, hospital or health center. Ashley Bremer is a manager at the Phoenix VA Medical Center, where she is chief of outpatient nutrition operations. She oversees all programs in outpatient nutrition and counseling while also coaching staff on how to provide support. For Bremer, “deciphering relevant research, knowing what’s validated in the field, understanding how science changes … is where our role can really take care to the next level.”
Earning her online Master of Science in Nutritional Science (Dietetics) from ASU gave Bremer the ability to take classes that helped her make a bigger impact in her current position. She was also able to tailor the program to meet her future needs based on where she saw her career going.
Built on the scientific foundations of nutrition, the online MS in Nutritional Science (Dietetics) is a non-thesis program available to registered dietitians with at least one year of experience in the field. It’s geared toward those like Bremer who are seeking to continue their education and advance their skills as practitioners. Designed with working professionals in mind, the program offers both full-time and part-time options.