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##PhD's
 
##PhD's
  
* Anthropology PhD
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* Anthropology PhD - currently under-represented within the effective altruist community, so we'd mainly suggest it to people who would share their ideas and findings with the effective altruist community.
* **Applied Maths PhD**
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* **Applied Maths PhD** - The skills you gain seem to be applicable to a wide range of jobs.
* Bioengineering PhD
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* Bioengineering PhD - potentially transformative area of research, similar to [biomedical research](https://80000hours.org/career-guide/top-careers/profiles/biomedical-research/).
* Engineering PhD
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* Engineering PhD - pay tends to be good, and currently somewhat under-represented within the effective altruist community.
* History PhD
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* History PhD - currently under-represented within the effective altruist community, so we'd mainly suggest it to people who would share their ideas and findings with the effective altruist community.
* **Statistics PhD**
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* **Statistics PhD** - The skills you gain seem to be applicable to a wide range of jobs.
  
 
##Academia
 
##Academia
  
* Academic grant writer and/or project manager
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* Academic grant writer and/or project manager - potential to significantly [increase the research output and quality of academic research](https://80000hours.org/2013/02/bringing-it-all-together-high-impact-research-management/).
* Anthropology
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* Anthropology - currently under-represented within the effective altruist community, so we'd mainly suggest it to people who would share their ideas and findings with the effective altruist community.
* **Computer science (especially AI)**
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* **Computer science (especially AI)** - see our review of [Computer Science PhD's](https://80000hours.org/career-guide/top-careers/profiles/computer-science-phd/).
* **Economics, especially development economics**
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* **Economics, especially development economics** - see our review of [Economics PhD's](https://80000hours.org/career-guide/top-careers/profiles/economics-phd/).
* History
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* History - currently under-represented within the effective altruist community, so we'd mainly suggest it to people who would share their ideas and findings with the effective altruist community.
  
 
##Entrepreneurship
 
##Entrepreneurship
  
* **Founding or working for for-profit startups focused on serving the global poor**
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* **Founding or working for for-profit startups focused on serving the global poor** - for example [Wave](http://www.sendwave.com/), which lets users send Instant, no fee transfers from the US and Canada to Africa.
* **Founding or working for startups on animal product alternatives**
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* **Founding or working for startups on animal product alternatives** - see examples in this [Economist article](http://www.economist.com/news/technology-quarterly/21645497-tech-startups-are-moving-food-business-make-sustainable-versions-meat).
* Founding or working for tech startups focused on emerging markets
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* Founding or working for tech startups focused on emerging markets.
  
 
##For-profit world (for skill building and earning to give)
 
##For-profit world (for skill building and earning to give)
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##Government and policy
 
##Government and policy
  
* Foreign policy
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* Foreign policy - an important area for improving global co-ordination and co-operation, currently under-represented within the effective altruist community.
* Government grant making
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* Government grant making - potential to increase impact of existing budgets.
* Lobbyist
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* Lobbyist for important causes - for example advocacy for [improved or increased U.S. foreign aid](http://www.givewell.org/labs/causes/advocacy-foreign-aid), [international labor mobility](http://www.givewell.org/labs/causes/labor-mobility), [treatment of animals in industrial agriculture](http://www.givewell.org/labs/causes/treatment-animals-industrial-agriculture), and [criminal justice reform](http://www.givewell.org/labs/causes/criminal-justice-reform).
 
* US Civil service - policy roles
 
* US Civil service - policy roles
 
* US Military
 
* US Military
 
**DoD
 
**DoD
**NSA
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**NSA  
 
* US Party politics
 
* US Party politics
  
 
##Health
 
##Health
  
* Dentist
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* Dentist - for earning to give
 
* Nurse practitioner
 
* Nurse practitioner
 
* Work in public health
 
* Work in public health
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* **Work at [Open Philanthropy Project](http://www.openphilanthropy.org/)**
 
* **Work at [Open Philanthropy Project](http://www.openphilanthropy.org/)**
 
* Work at Gates Foundation
 
* Work at Gates Foundation
* Work at International development charities.
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* Work at International development charities
  
 
##Tech
 
##Tech
  
* Web designer
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* Web designer - either working at organisations working on important causes, or for skill-building and earning to give.
 
* **Work at DeepMind**
 
* **Work at DeepMind**
* Work at Google
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* Work at Google - for skill-building and earning to give, and for working on projects with large social benefits.

Revision as of 09:24, 24 November 2015

This is a list of potentially promising paths that we haven't written reviews on yet. Treat this as a very rough list of potential ideas to consider, and note that we haven't researched most of these paths in a lot of detail. Bolded are paths that we are comparatively more confident in recommending.

See the careers we have researched and written reviews on.

PhD's

  • Anthropology PhD - currently under-represented within the effective altruist community, so we'd mainly suggest it to people who would share their ideas and findings with the effective altruist community.
  • Applied Maths PhD - The skills you gain seem to be applicable to a wide range of jobs.
  • Bioengineering PhD - potentially transformative area of research, similar to biomedical research.
  • Engineering PhD - pay tends to be good, and currently somewhat under-represented within the effective altruist community.
  • History PhD - currently under-represented within the effective altruist community, so we'd mainly suggest it to people who would share their ideas and findings with the effective altruist community.
  • Statistics PhD - The skills you gain seem to be applicable to a wide range of jobs.

Academia

  • Academic grant writer and/or project manager - potential to significantly increase the research output and quality of academic research.
  • Anthropology - currently under-represented within the effective altruist community, so we'd mainly suggest it to people who would share their ideas and findings with the effective altruist community.
  • Computer science (especially AI) - see our review of Computer Science PhD's.
  • Economics, especially development economics - see our review of Economics PhD's.
  • History - currently under-represented within the effective altruist community, so we'd mainly suggest it to people who would share their ideas and findings with the effective altruist community.

Entrepreneurship

  • Founding or working for for-profit startups focused on serving the global poor - for example Wave, which lets users send Instant, no fee transfers from the US and Canada to Africa.
  • Founding or working for startups on animal product alternatives - see examples in this Economist article.
  • Founding or working for tech startups focused on emerging markets.

For-profit world (for skill building and earning to give)

  • Accountancy
  • Corporate management
  • Corporate scientist (especially biomed)
  • Intellectual property
  • Public relations
  • Real estate
  • Sales

Government and policy

Health

  • Dentist - for earning to give
  • Nurse practitioner
  • Work in public health

Non-profit world

Tech

  • Web designer - either working at organisations working on important causes, or for skill-building and earning to give.
  • Work at DeepMind
  • Work at Google - for skill-building and earning to give, and for working on projects with large social benefits.