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I run a community for people who want to work long-term on climate change mitigation, and I'd love to know the research that could help bring more people into this space.

I think specifically the relevant bits would be:

  • Research on what makes people switch careers from a "conventional" job into a "purpose-driven" job, and what are the barriers to doing so?
  • Research on perception of purpose-driven jobs in general. Do people feel that purpose-driven = charity/low-paying?
  • Research on how perception of novel careers changes over time, from being perceived as something exotic to being all the rage to being mainstream - what makes this happen? how quickly does it happen? Eg. how did this happen, say, with the profession of a software engineer?
  • If there is any research on how careers related to climate change are perceived, that'd be particularly awesome, but the field is beginning to explode right now so I suspect there isn't much yet.

I'm kind of at a loss as to what keywords to even search for, regarding all of these (except perhaps psychology of career change in general - but there, too, I would appreciate pointers to particularly good resources).

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    $\begingroup$ Welcome to Psychology.SE. You have asked for research information on 4 very large areas of study, in which case these 4 areas should be split into 4 separate questions to make them more answerable concisely. The first 3 questions could even be split in 2 leading to 7 separate questions in all. That's huge. Could you please focus this question on one particular area of research? As a suggestion, which area are you most interested in right now? $\endgroup$ – Chris Rogers Oct 17 at 8:31
  • $\begingroup$ Also is there anything you have already read on that particular area of research? $\endgroup$ – Chris Rogers Oct 17 at 8:31
  • $\begingroup$ I recommend checking out 80000hours.org if you haven't already. This question is indeed much too broad for this forum as-is. $\endgroup$ – Arnon Weinberg Oct 19 at 19:04