Maybe you could earn a lot of money advertising cigarettes. But even if you would give it to charity, you shouldn’t do it.
We spend most of our time discussing the most helpful careers that you should take.
We just created a three minute career recommender to highlight some of the options with the largest positive social impact for you.
As most of the people we talk to are deciding between reasonable to excellent options, this seems like the right focus.
But which careers are the worst?
Here we try to guess which mainstream jobs are most likely to do significant harm. As almost no one we know is considering careers of this kind we have limited our investment in this research; it’s an initial exploration of the topic, based on general knowledge and a review of the key figures.
Here are the criteria:
- The job has to be legal. Needless to say, organised crime is a harmful career!
- More than one in a million people has to work in the job in the OECD, so it can’t be incredibly obscure or specific.
- It can’t be harmful only if you’re particularly incompetent (for example, being a bad teacher), deliberately trying to do a bad job, or violating the profession’s code of ethics.
It’s easy to think of jobs that are useless and just transfer money from one person to another.