The idea this week: nuclear war remains a horrifying possibility — our new nuclear career review examines what you could be doing about it.

Here at 80,000 Hours, we’re often trying to find ways to protect future generations.

If we’d been trying to do that in 1950, one thing would have been at the top of everyone’s minds: the terrifying threat of nuclear annihilation. Indeed, many of the world’s greatest thinkers, politicians, and communicators devoted their careers to understanding and reducing the threat — people like Thomas Schelling, Carl Sagan and even, in his later years, Albert Einstein.

But since the end of the Cold War, the nuclear expert has all but disappeared.

And that’s a problem.

It’s a problem because the risk of nuclear war didn’t just disappear with the Cold War.

In fact, the world is currently facing many nuclear challenges:

In this new nuclear age, we’re going to really need those nuclear experts.

So, we spoke to some existing experts to find out what you could be doing with your career to help. For example, you could be:

We think that working to reduce nuclear risk could be one of the best things you could do with your career, which is why we’ve added “nuclear weapons safety and security” to our list of the highest-impact career paths our research has identified so far.

So, why not take a moment to explore how your talents can play a role in preventing nuclear catastrophe and preserving peace for generations to come.

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