All our research

We’ve spent over five years doing research into how to choose careers with social impact. Here’s how we approach research and why we think our findings are credible.

Our most important findings are summed up in our career guide, so that’s where to start if you’re new. After you’ve read the guide, come back here to see all our other most important content. Read what’s here, and you’ll be at the cutting edge of our understanding of social impact careers.

The advanced career guide

If you’ve already read our career guide and now want to take your understanding to the next level, we’re making a further reading list here.

If you want to work with the effective altruism community, then also check out:

Then read the career reviews and problem profiles that are most relevant to you.

Doing Good Better

In his book, 80,000 Hours co-founder and president William MacAskill introduces the principles underlying effective altruism and presents a practical guide to increasing your impact.

“Beautifully written and extremely smart. Doing Good Better should be required reading for anyone interested in making the world better.”
Steven Levitt, author of Freakonomics

Read the book

Problem profiles

A series of profiles designed to help you find the most pressing problems you can contribute to, and thereby have a larger social impact. Learn more about how we compare different problems, see how we try to score them numerically, and check the list of all problems we’ve considered so far.

See all our problem profiles

Still have a question?

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