Prominent Theoretical Physicist and Futurist Dr. Michio Kaku

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 field of futurism is small. Anecdotally, it’s estimated that there are fewer than 1,000 full-time, professional futurists in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Foresight Practitioners, Futurologists, Strategic Foresight Professionals, Strategic Planners
Duties Conduct research to make projections about the future; advise businesses and government agencies on preparing for change
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in large, metropolitan areas
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Business
  • Economics
  • History
Experience At least three years of experience in the work world or with a mentor-futurist, or the completion of a master's degree in future studies
Personality Traits
  • Creative
  • Curious
  • Problem-Solving
  • Information Management
  • Research
  • Writing
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Head of Strategic Foresight Firm
  • Experienced Futurist
  • Futurist