Futurists


Overview

Futurists

Introduction

Futurists use their research and analytical skills to make projections about the future. They typically develop deep knowledge of a specific field (e.g., business, engineering, economics, environmental science, etc.), industry (health care, financial services, solar power, etc.), or country or geographic region (China, Far East, Guatemala, Central America, etc.) before working as a futurist. They are also known as foresight practitioners, futurologists, strategic planners, and strategic foresight professionals. The...

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Median Salary

$65,660

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Employment Prospects

Fair

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Minimum Education Level

Bachelor's Degree


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Experience

At least three years of experience in the work world or with a me


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Skills

Information Management


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Personality Traits

Creative

Earnings

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) does not provide salary information for futurists, but salaries for full-time futurists are similar to those earned by college professors. The DOL reports that college professors earned median annual salaries of $65,660 in May 2018. Earnings ranged from less than $27,490 to $136,49 or more.

Employers offer a variety of benefit packages, which can includ...

Work Environment

Futurists work in typical office environments and have a standard workweek (Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.). They occasionally work at nights and on weekends to finish reports or other assignments. Futurists travel to industry conferences and meetings, as well as to conduct research in other states and in foreign countries. Those who work as college professors typically have summers off,...

Outlook

The field of futurism is very small, and it is extremely difficult to develop a full-time career as a futurist. Yet, the demand by corporations, government agencies, nonprofits, and individuals for insights on what might happen in the future continues to increase, suggesting that futurists with considerable experience and a strong presence on the Web and social media will have good job prospect...

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