These are the world’s highest impact career paths according to our research − 80,000 Hours

We thought we should high­light a sub­stan­tial new ar­ti­cle we’ve pub­lished which is very rele­vant to the effec­tive al­tru­ism com­mu­nity, and one of the most im­por­tant—if not the most im­por­tant—we will pub­lish this year:

Th­ese are the world’s high­est im­pact ca­reer paths ac­cord­ing to our research

It out­lines our new sug­gested pro­cess which any­one can use to gen­er­ate a short-list of high-im­pact ca­reer op­tions given their per­sonal situ­a­tion.

It then de­scribes the five key cat­e­gories of ca­reer we most of­ten recom­mend, which should pro­duce at least one good op­tion for al­most all grad­u­ates, and why we’re en­thu­si­as­tic about them.

Fi­nally, it lists and ex­plains the top 10 ‘pri­or­ity paths’ we want to draw at­ten­tion to, be­cause we think they can en­able to right per­son to do an es­pe­cially large amount of good for the world.

Over time our views have changed a lot, and un­der­stand­ably it takes a while for peo­ple’s per­cep­tions of 80,000 Hours’ ad­vice to catch up. We hope that putting our key con­clu­sions on many is­sues into this sin­gle ar­ti­cle will make it eas­ier for read­ers to figure out what we be­lieve to­day.

Here’s a brief sum­mary from the ar­ti­cle:

“In a nutshell

To gen­er­ate a short-list of high-im­pact ca­reer op­tions given your per­sonal situ­a­tion, you can use the fol­low­ing pro­cess:

  1. Choose the 2-4 global prob­lems you think are most press­ing.

  2. Iden­tify the ‘key bot­tle­necks’ to progress within each of these.

  3. Iden­tify ca­reer paths that help re­lieve those bot­tle­necks.

  4. Fo­cus on the op­tions where you have the best per­sonal fit.

  5. Make quan­ti­ta­tive es­ti­mates of the im­pact of your top op­tions.

  6. Start to nar­row down, or if there are no suit­able op­tions, go back to the start.

When it comes to spe­cific op­tions, right now we of­ten recom­mend the fol­low­ing five key cat­e­gories, which should pro­duce at least one good op­tion for al­most all grad­u­ates:

  1. Re­search in rele­vant areas

  2. Govern­ment and policy rele­vant to top prob­lem areas

  3. Work at effec­tive non-profits

  4. Ap­ply an un­usual strength to a needed niche

  5. Other­wise, earn to give

We’re es­pe­cially ex­cited about the fol­low­ing “pri­or­ity paths”. They’re ex­tremely com­pet­i­tive, but great op­tions to test out if there’s a chance they’re a good fit. Use the table of con­tents to skip ahead and read a de­scrip­tion of each path.

  1. AI policy and strategy

  2. AI safety tech­ni­cal research

  3. Grant­maker fo­cused on top prob­lem areas

  4. Work in effec­tive al­tru­ist organisations

  5. Oper­a­tions man­age­ment in or­gani­sa­tions fo­cused on global catas­trophic risks and effec­tive altruism

  6. Global pri­ori­ties researcher

  7. Biorisk strat­egy and research

  8. China specialists

  9. Earn­ing to give in quan­ti­ta­tive trading

  10. De­ci­sion-mak­ing psy­chol­ogy re­search and im­ple­men­ta­tion”

Con­tinue read­ing...

We look for­ward to hear­ing what you think be­low!