Career Paths

What career opportunities exist for global futures students?

There is a demand for employees and leaders who understand complexity, understand how to approach problems and solutions, and know how to work with and draw from different disciplines. By engaging a breadth of knowledge and experience, and by acquiring the skills to integrate various domains of knowledge, college of global futures students prepare themselves for a variety of careers but also for admission into strong graduate and professional schools.

Possible career paths

  • Academia and education
  • Consulting
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Entrepreneur
  • Environmental systems
  • Food and agriculture
  • Government agencies
  • NGO or nonprofit
  • Science and technology policy
  • Waste and recycling

Green Skills

All sectors, from research and design to government and finance, are seeking to fill a gap in sustainability knowledge. Green skills aren’t limited to sustainability majors – read on to learn how to acquire these green skills and gain a competitive edge in the workforce. 

Workshops and lectures

Our Careers Going Forward events are held during the spring and fall semesters. The events address what you can do with your career after graduation and the tools you need in order to get there. You can view recordings of previous events here.

Frequently asked questions

The College of Global Futures career services is dedicated to helping the college’s students and alumni discuss career options and perform company and occupational research. We offer students and alumni comprehensive career planning by assisting with resumes and cover letters, LinkedIn optimization strategies, interview preparation, job search strategy, and other employment-related topics for your specific degree program. These services are exclusive to College of Global Futures degree-seeking students and alumni.

To make an appointment, visit our website to book an appointment or you can call 480-727-6963.

No, appointments must be scheduled in advance.

The main student services line is 480-727-6963, and the email is [email protected]

We are located on the 4th floor of the Rob and Melani Walton Center for Planetary Health (WCPH) on the southwest corner of Rural and University. Formerly known as ISTB7.

College alumni are leading change in the following roles:

  • Consultant
  • Associate Professor
  • Research Scholar
  • Sustainability and Environmental Specialist
  • Sustainability Coordinator
  • Land Planner
  • Zero Waste Specialist
  • Water Resources Specialist
  • Chief Operations Officer
  • Sustainability and Diversity Manager
  • Energy Analyst
  • LEED Project Manager

College of Global Futures alumni are contributing at the following companies:

  • Boeing
  • Amazon
  • Sierra Club
  • United Nations
  • Intel
  • Tesla
  • GE
  • Disney
  • NRG
  • Honeywell
  • Chargepoint
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency
  • NatureBox
  • US Environmental Protection Agency 

Our alumni have gone on and continued their education at the following institutions and programs:

  • ASU – School of Sustainability
    • Masters, Sustainability Leadership
    • Masters, Sustainability Solutions
    • Doctorate, Sustainability
  • ASU – School for the Future of Innovation in Society
    • Masters, Global Technology and Development
    • Doctorate, Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology
    • Doctorate, Innovation in Global Development
  • Thunderbird Global School of Management at ASU
    • Masters, Applied Leadership & Management
  • ASU – Certificate, Biomimicry
  • University of Arizona
    •  Environmental Science
  • Stanford University 
    • Energy Innovation and Emerging Technologies
  • University of Southern California 
    • Doctorate, Urban Education Policy  
  • University of Michigan 
    •  Masters, Environment and Sustainability
  • California Institute of Integral Studies 
    • Doctorate, Anthropology & Social Change
  • University of New Mexico 
    • Masters, Earth and Planetary Science
  • The University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign 
    • Master, Civil Engineering
  • American University School of International Service
    •  International Affairs: Natural Resource Management
  • Delft University of Technology 
    • Doctorate, Analogical Reasoning in Biomimicry Design Education
  • University of Wisconsin Madison
    •  Urban Planning