Our career research agenda sets out a process for identifying the most high-impact careers for increasing global well-being. In the meantime, here are some initial ideas that we think are promising:
Cause prioritisation research
It’s hard to escape this conclusion, given how little work has been done.
Economics (or other social science) research into subjective well-being
Determining what the most effective interventions and policies are.
Research into new treatments for mental health and/or advocacy for these treatments.
For example, psychedelic-assisted mental health treatments
Work in mental health in low-income countries
Trying to improve existing organisations or starting new, more effective ones.
Entrepreneurship in mental health technology
There are some people in the effective altruism community working on projects in this area already such as Mind Ease and UpLift.
Politics or policy
Trying to change what governments do and their attitudes towards happiness.
80,000 Hours also has a wealth of excellent research-backed resources to help you find a fulfilling and high-impact career.