80,000 Hours’ 20 most enduringly popular pieces of research

I re­cently wanted to see what con­tent we’ve writ­ten in the past are still pop­u­lar with read­ers. Our most vis­ited pages are ar­ti­cles in our ca­reer guide, or tools like our ca­reer quiz, prob­lem quiz and ca­reer de­ci­sion tool, around which the site is de­signed. And of course any­thing that was re­leased re­cently tends to at­tract a lot of read­ers. So let’s look at the oth­ers.

Th­ese are the pieces we’ve writ­ten that i) were most vis­ited over the last three months, and ii) were writ­ten more than six months ago, iii) not a tool or part of our ca­reer guide. En­joy!

  1. What are the 10 most harm­ful jobs?*

  2. Prob­lem pro­file: Why Bill Gates and oth­ers are con­cerned about AI, and what to do about it

  3. To find work you love, don’t (always) fol­low your pas­sion*

  4. Ca­reer re­view: Why an eco­nomics PhD might be the best grad­u­ate program

  5. Ca­reer re­view: If you want to change the world for the bet­ter, should you work in a think tank?

  6. Ar­tifi­cial In­tel­li­gence safety syllabus

  7. Which skills make you most em­ploy­able?*

  8. Prob­lem pro­file: Why helping to end fac­tory farm­ing could be the most im­por­tant thing you could do

  9. Is global health the most press­ing prob­lem to work on?

  10. Every­thing you need to know about whether money makes you happy

  11. Quiz: Can you guess which so­cial in­ter­ven­tions work?

  12. How would you spend $500,000,000,000? Prob­lem pro­file of global pri­ori­ties re­search.

  13. Ca­reer re­view: Think­ing of learn­ing about data sci­ence? Read this first.

  14. Prob­lem pro­file: Why prepar­ing the world for a pan­demic may be the most im­por­tant things you can do

  15. Ca­reer re­view: How you can make the world a bet­ter place by trad­ing in quan­ti­ta­tive hedge funds*

  16. Prob­lem pro­file: Is cli­mate change the biggest prob­lem in the world?

  17. Prob­lem pro­file: Why we think pro­mot­ing effec­tive al­tru­ism is a great way to use your career

  18. What the liter­a­ture says about the earn­ings of entrepreneurs

  19. Ca­reer re­view: Should you go into man­age­ment con­sult­ing to im­prove the world?

  20. Ca­reer re­view: Is be­ing a product man­ager in tech all it’s cracked up to be?*

A spe­cial men­tion should go to the most pop­u­lar ar­ti­cle from our ca­reer guide, All the ev­i­dence-based ad­vice we found on how to be suc­cess­ful in any job.

* Th­ese ar­ti­cles are a bit dated now and our views have changed since we wrote them.