List of potentially promising career paths

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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 these paths. Bolded are paths that we are comparatively more confident in recommending.

See the careers we have researched and written reviews of here.


  • Anthropology PhD
  • Applied Maths PhD
  • Bioengineering PhD
  • Engineering PhD
  • History PhD
  • Statistics PhD


  • Academic grant writer and/or project manager
  • Anthropology
  • Computer science (especially AI)
  • Economics, especially development economics
  • History


  • Founding or working for for-profit startups focused on serving the global poor
  • Founding or working for startups on animal product alternatives
  • 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

  • Foreign policy
  • Government grant making
  • Lobbyist
  • US Civil service - policy roles
  • US Military
      • DoD
      • NSA
  • US Party politics


  • Dentist
  • Nurse practitioner
  • Work in public health

Non-profit world


  • Web designer
  • Work at DeepMind
  • Work at Google