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
  • Coastal and marine systems
  • 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 of Global Futures alumni are leading change in the following roles:

  • Water Resources Specialist
  • Sustainability Program Coordinator
  • Food Systems Specialist
  • Air Quality Inspector
  • Climate Adaption Specialist
  • Chief Innovation Officer
  • Emergency Planning Specialist
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow
  • Disruptive Technology Branch Chief
  • City Energy Manager
  • Director of Procurement
  • Neighborhood Resilience Coordinator
  • Policy Director
  • Environmental Protection Specialist
  • Safety Conductor
  • Foreign Affairs Specialist
  • Design Manager
  • Storytelling and Marketing Coordinator

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

  • Amazon
  • Apple
  • Microsoft
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • U.S. Department of Energy
  • World Wildlife Fund
  • Salt River Project
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • HP
  • Arizona Department of Water Resources
  • Persefoni
  • Starbucks
  • Tesla
  • PetSmart
  • NASA
  • CDP
  • IBM
  • Jones Lang LaSalle

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
    • Masters, Sustainability
  • ASU – School for the Future of Innovation in Society
    • Masters, Global Technology and Development
    • Doctorate, Innovation in Global Development
    • Doctorate, Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology
  • ASU – School of Complex Adaptive Systems
    • Masters, Biomimicry
  • ASU – W.P. Carey School of Business
    • Masters, Business Administration
  • ASU – College of Integrative Sciences and Arts
    • Masters of Organizational Leadership
  • University of Arizona
    • Doctorate, Education
  • University of Southern California
    • Masters, Social Entrepreneurship
    • Doctorate, Education
  • Johns Hopkins University
    • Masters, Environmental Science and Policy
  • University of Tennessee
    • Masters, Supply Chain Management
  • UC Santa Barbara
    • Masters, Technology Management
  • Penn State University
    • Masters, Business Administration