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Sustainable Design: Potential Careers

MCAD Career Development can help you find work and help employers find you. In addition to job listings, the staff is available to meet one-on-one with students and alumni to assist with career development. Services include assistance writing and editing resumes, cover letters, and other professional correspondences; career exploration and industry research; interviewing practice; networking strategies; and industry-specific practices.

Sustainable Graphic Designer

By combining their deep understanding of sustainability with their visual communications and infographic skills, graphic designers with a sustainability focus help boutique firms and Fortune 500 companies develop and share their sustainability stories through authentic, compelling, and easy-to-understand graphics. Meet Arlene Birt who has made a career out of sharing sustainability "background stories" for companies and Craig Johnson who launched his own sustainability-focused graphic design firm.

Sustainable Product Designer

Industrial designers that have a sustainability focus work to solve design challenges throughout the entire life cycle of a product, from materials sourcing to manufacturing to end-of-life. Students in this program have worked with companies including Nike, Fender Guitar, Fox Racing, Yakima Racks, General Motors, Target, and more.

Eco-Fashion Designer

Similar to sustainable product designers, eco-fashion and eco-jewelry designers are concerned about the social and environmental impacts of their work. Meet entrepreneur and jewelry designer Susan Crow who launched her own eco-lux jewelry business.

Sustainable Packaging Designer

Packaging designers with a sustainability focus help companies make ecologically conscious choices during the design phase of packaging production that are both environmentally friendly and cost effective. Meet Certified Packaging Professional Wendy Jedlicka who is a founding faculty member of MCAD's MA program.

Green Business Marketer

Green business marketers provide industry professionals with practical strategic marketing advice on how to build green brands and motivate mass-market adoption of sustainable products and services. Meet Holly Robbins, founding faculty member of MCAD's MA program, who is partner and creative director of a successful green marketing concern.

Green Building and Construction Professional

Sustainable design professionals from the building, construction, and urban planning fields—including architects, landscapers, and interior designers—are part of a growing effort to improve the health, safety, and environmental impacts of the spaces where people live, work, and play. Meet Sarah Stanke who has made impacts in interior design.

Sustainability-Focused Engineer

Engineers are concerned with how things work rather than how things look. Sustainability-focused engineers take things a step further to consider the environmental impact and resource efficiency of the things that they build. Meet sustainability-focused mechanical engineers and MA faculty Jeremy Faludi and Curt McNamara.