INTJ careers

Professional competence is often the area in which INTJs shine most brilliantly. Their capacity for digesting difficult and complex theories and principles and converting them into clear and actionable ideas and strategies is unmatched by any other type. INTJs are able to filter out the noise of a situation, identifying the core thread that needs to be pulled in order to unravel others' messes so that they can be rewoven into something at once beautifully intricate and stunningly simple in its function.

The real challenge for INTJs is that in order for their innovative (and to less insightful individuals, seemingly counter-intuitive) ideas to be heard, they need to have a friendly ear to bend, and developing an amiable rapport with authority figures is not exactly in INTJs' list of core strengths. In their early careers, INTJs will often have to suffer through menial tasks and repeated rejections as they develop their abilities into a skillset that speaks for itself.

INTJs will often find ways to automate routine and mind-numbing tasks, and as they progress, their natural confidence, dedication, and creative intelligence will open the doors to the increased complexity and freedom they crave.

Where's My Drawing Board?

INTJs tend to prefer to work alone, or at most in small groups, where they can maximize their creativity and focus without repeated interruptions from questioning colleagues and meetings-happy supervisors. For this reason INTJs are unlikely to be found in strictly administrative roles or anything that requires constant dialogue and heavy teamwork. Rather, INTJs prefer more "lone wolf" positions as mechanical or software engineers, lawyers or freelance consultants, only accepting competent leadership that helps in these goals, and rejecting the authority of those who hold them back.

Their independent attitude and tireless demand for competence mean that INTJs absolutely loathe those who get ahead by seemingly less meritocratic means like social prowess and political connections. INTJs have exceptionally high standards, and if they view a colleague or supervisor as incompetent or ineffective, respect will be lost instantly and permanently. INTJs value personal initiative, determination, insight and dedication, and believe that everyone should complete their work to the highest possible standards – if a schmoozing shill breezes through without carrying their own weight, they may find INTJs' inventiveness and determination used in a whole new capacity as the winds turn against them.

Timid Men Prefer the Calm

As their careers progress further and their reputation grows, so will the complexity of INTJs' tasks and projects. INTJs demand progress and evolution, new challenges and theories, and they often accomplish this by pushing into more active strategic positions. While they don't care for the spotlight, INTJs do enjoy controlling their ideas, and will often expand into low-profile but influential roles as project managers, system engineers, marketing strategists, systems analysts, and military strategists.

But really, INTJs' vision, creativity, and competence in executing their plans make them viable in just about any career that requires them to think about what they're doing. While some careers, such as low-level sales and human resources, clearly do not play to their strengths, INTJs are able to build a niche into just about any institution, including their own, that they put their minds to.

Workplace Habits


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Oct 30, 2014 02:03:07
INTJ went to school to be a math teacher, switched to science teacher after falling in love with science, hated teaching, working as a small business owner planning/organizing/strategizing, struggle with working with the public and coworkers at times. This is all spot on for me. Amazing! Explains alot :)
Oct 29, 2014 19:03:02
I just did this test now, and it's so realistic and knows more about me, than most people. "INTJ", what caught me by suprise especially in the career paths section, was that we most likely to become "mechanical or software engineers" sh*t I am doing my final year in Mechanical engineering, and I like working alone or in small teams. I thought this was just because I'm reserved... but I guess It's all part of being an INTJ
Gerald Lewis
Oct 25, 2014 16:35:27
18 year old INTJ on the way to zoology!!
Oct 24, 2014 17:07:56
INTJ planning on joining Marine corps as an officer!
Danjay Hill
Oct 24, 2014 16:01:58
I spent for years completing my degree as a medical technologist and forced myself to believe it was right for me. When I went on internship, the repetition drive me insane. Nothing sparked an interest. The only courses I enjoyed during whole program was professional ethics in health, and laboratory management. I really think, I should switch my career and go into architecture, or business management. I just want to be able to run my own show, and have stimulating issues to work on. I don't really want to study medicine.