Careers for INTJ Personality Types

Whether you're a young adult trying to find your place in the world, or a not-so-young adult trying to find out if you're moving along the right path, it's important to understand yourself and the personality traits that will impact your likeliness to succeed or fail at various careers. It's equally important to understand what is really important to you. When armed with an understanding of your strengths and weaknesses, and an awareness of what you truly value, you are in an excellent position to pick a career that you will find rewarding.

INTJs generally have the following traits:

  • Able to absorb complex theoretical material
  • Driven to create order and structure from theoretical abstractions
  • Supreme strategists
  • Future-oriented
  • See the global, "big picture"
  • Strong insights and intuitions
  • Value their own opinions over others
  • Love difficult theoretical challenges
  • Bored when dealing with mundane routine
  • Value knowledge and efficiency
  • Have no patience with inefficiency and confusion
  • Have very high standards for performance, that they apply to themselves most strongly
  • Reserved and detached from others
  • Calm, collected and analytical
  • Logical and rational
  • Original and independent
  • Natural leaders, but will follow those they can fully support
  • Creative, ingenious, innovative, and resourceful
  • Work best alone, and prefer to work alone

More so than any other personality type, INTJs are brilliant when it comes to grasping complex theories and applying them to problems to come up with long-term strategies. Since this type of "strategizing" is the central focus and drive of the INTJ personality type, there is a happy match between desire and ability in this type. Accordingly, the INTJ is happiest and most effective in careers that allow this type of processing, and that promote an environment in which the INTJ is given a lot of autonomy over their daily lives.

The following list of professions is built on our impression of careers that would be especially suitable for an INTJ. It is meant to be a starting place, rather than an exhaustive list. There are no guarantees that any or all of the careers listed here would be appropriate for you, or that your best career match is among those listed.

Possible Careers Paths for INTJ:

   Medical Doctor
   Corporate Strategist
   Organization Builder
   Business Administrator
   Business Manager
   Military Leader
   Computer Programmer

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