All our research

We’ve spent over five years doing research into how to choose careers with social impact. Our most important findings are presented in our key ideas series, so that’s where to start if you’re new. After you’ve read the series, come back here to go deeper.

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Problem profiles

The issue you choose to work on is probably the most important factor that determines the expected value of your career. If you want to maximise your chance of having a big positive impact, you should work on an issue that’s large in scale, solvable and neglected. Our problem profile series analyses a number of global problems in these terms.

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Career reviews

The highest-impact careers are those which allow you to make the biggest contribution to solving the world’s most pressing problems. Our career review series investigates specific career paths that may do this.

See also our article on roles to consider if you have existing expertise.

Read career reviews

Supplementary articles to the key ideas series

Read our key ideas series first.

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

Also check out this series of more advanced content on effective altruism and these talks from recent effective altruism conferences.

Our old career guide

Between 2015 and 2017 we wrote a 12-part guide to many aspects of having a high impact career. Much of it no longer reflects our current views, but we expect you’ll still find parts of it useful:

Other articles

Other research articles that didn’t make it into the above.

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