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People spend more time on their jobs than on any other activity besides sleeping—roughly 80,000 hours over the course of their lives. Choosing the right career, therefore, may be one of the most impactful things an altruistically-motivated person can do.

Some career options appear to be much more promising than others. 80,000 Hours has developed a framework for comparing the social impact of different careers (Todd 2016).

Further reading

Todd, Ben. 2016. 80,000 Hours: find a fulfilling career that does good.
A detailed guide for selecting a high-impact career.