ENTP careers

The ENTP personality type is one of the most versatile types, and the list of typical ENTP careers is unsurprisingly quite extensive. ENTPs tend to have many transferrable and strongly expressed skills, which gives them a distinct advantage on the career ladder—as long as they pay enough attention to their strengths and weaknesses. This article will discuss what careers would be best for ENTPs, and your comments, suggestions, or criticism are always welcome.

ENTPs truly love generating new ideas and devising new projects. This is one of the most creative and flexible personality types, and such traits are always clearly seen, no matter which career path the ENTP decides to choose. Their intelligence can even be somewhat intimidating, as ENTPs have an explosive combination of good social skills (the Extraversion (E) trait), tendency for intellectual pursuits (the Thinking (T) trait) and spontaneity (the Prospecting (P) trait). These traits push ENTPs toward careers that allow them to use that never-ending flow of ideas in a productive way. For instance, ENTPs tend to be excellent entrepreneurs, actors, or engineers.

Next, ENTPs have very good communication (both verbal and written) skills, and there are few activities more satisfying for them than debating ideas with someone else. Interestingly, ENTPs also tend to have excellent leadership skills, but they dislike managing other people (or vice versa, being controlled by somebody else). On the other hand, people with this personality type easily motivate and inspire others, even though that inspiration tends to be rational and intellectual rather than emotional. Some of the typical ENTP careers make good use of these enigmatic traits; ENTPs can be brilliant lawyers, psychologists, scientists, or even sales representatives, as long as they are given enough freedom.

ENTP careers also tend to reward intellectual competency and curiosity. ENTPs tend to value knowledge, insightfulness, and rational thought very highly. They are not impressed or affected by emotions; any ENTP would much rather spend time figuring out a solution for a difficult problem than trying to understand what makes somebody else “tick.” Furthermore, ENTPs need a lot of freedom; they dislike routine, structure, and formal rules, seeing them as a hindrance to those exciting intellectual pursuits. Consequently, ENTPs tend to shine in careers that revolve around such traits: photography, system analysis, programming, or freelance consulting, for example.

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11 Responses to “ENTP careers”

  1. Erica Reply

    “ENTP would much rather spend time figuring out a solution for a difficult problem than trying to understand what makes somebody else “tick”.”

    This is a false dichotomy. I’m an ENTP and a Psychologist. I find that people and life are very complex and therefore human problems can be very difficult. Even understanding what makes a person “tick” is very complex. People are the best puzzles to solve. Even emotions have their own logic if you truly understand their causes and functions.

    • Emily Reply

      Agreeing with Erica again! I find people extremely fascinating and complex and their emotional states incredible. It is true, however, that I do not experience quite the emotional highs and lows of my non-ENTP peers and neither am I particularly out-of-my-way interested in nit-picking others’ psychology just for the sake of it (but, this is sometimes because I do not want to project my own ideas of what a person is thinking and feeling without perceived objective evidence and not because I am not totally interested). So, I guess I am not interested in causing others to emote, but am interested in the process by which they do it and precisely how they experience it and how that experience is tempered by their own unique situations. And then I like to find useful solutions to their issues. I am now a student aiming to become an endocrinologist and my major focus is on how endrocrine disorders of the metabolism and reproductive system can be helped via a treatment that encompasses not only the physiological self, but the emotional, spiritual, and cognitive selves. :-)

  2. Kay Reply

    Erica, you’ve hit the nail on the head. I study social sciences and am fascinated by people and their emotions and reactions, but on an intellectual/logical level. After all, there is a science to emotion and behaviour just like everything else. Never forget that Machiavelli was an ENTP. ;)

  3. Kimberly Reply

    Erica, I love what you said and completely agree. I’m an ENTP as well and love to look at people as very complex puzzles. When I have interactions with people I will go over and over the interaction trying to figure what made them the way there are. It’s the coolest puzzle ever! I use it to try to change future outcomes with that person.

  4. Danielle Reply

    I completely agree with the previous three comments. I love trying to solve the mystery of each of my students and then designing pedagogy that will stimulate their energy and drive to learn. Students are great puzzles.

  5. BrIan Reply

    Hmm i think i have to ruin the trend and disagree not that you cant be like that as a ENTP but i think you just reduce the person to a complex problem therefore not having to really worry about them as a “person” so to speak

  6. anonymous. Reply

    This explains a lot about me. Sound like my sister too. We fight all the time with a lot of people. Lol we are both also sociopaths. I kind of expected something like this.

  7. BH Reply

    Hmm….I did have a job as a sales rep for awhile and did pretty good. I LOVE photography, but more as a hobby. My true calling is zoology…now I just have to force myself to finish my associates, at least.

  8. Cynthia Reply

    I am an ENTP and I feel that I spend a lot of time trying to understand people and their motivations. I agree with Erica, we are totally into figuring out how people “tick”.

  9. Nanang Reply

    disagree with Erica,. why? cause agreeing with Erica is too mainstream. there is no such a dichotomy things, what you need to deal with difficult problem and “tick” people is a cup of coffee. yes, a cup of coffee, drink it, and everything’s gonna be alright.

  10. zachary Reply

    I’m an ENTP with a heavy bias towards music, with hopes of going into education. would that be a good field for me to go into? or would I, as an ENTP, be too argumentative as a teacher?