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 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.