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High School

Most futurists have an interdisciplinary background. They are constantly tying bits of information and knowledge from many fields together to propose future scenarios. As a result, you should take a full college-preparatory schedule of classes that helps you to build your general knowledge and your critical-thinking skills. Recommended classes include social studies, government, science, psychology, mathematics, philosophy, and computer science. You’ll need strong writing and oral communication skills, so be sure to take speech and English courses. Joining the debate team is also a good idea, since you’ll frequently be required to explain and defend your ideas during strategic foresight conferences and media appearances. Since many futurists study world events, proficiency in at least one foreign language will come in handy.

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