INTJ careers

INTJ personalities are known for their ability to digest difficult and complex theories and principles relevant to their careers and then convert them into clear and actionable ideas. INTJs are excellent strategists, possessing intuition and confidence that allow them to devise and implement challenging, long-term plans without many problems. These skills can be tremendously valuable in the right career path.

People with this personality type are great at jobs that involve planning, strategy, and application of complex theoretical principles. For instance, you could find many INTJs among project managers, system engineers, or marketing strategists. These are often their best career choices.

Typical INTJ careers also tend to put a lot of importance on independent thinking. INTJs love difficult challenges and strongly detest routine, doing whatever they can to avoid or automate mind-numbing tasks.

It is difficult to imagine an INTJ willingly choosing a strictly administrative or teamwork-focused role. They excel as “lone wolves” and the best INTJ careers revolve around this trait, giving INTJs enough breathing space to use their creativeness and dedication without being constantly questioned by other team members.

Thou shalt not cheat

People with this personality type put effectiveness and competence above everything else. Consequently, the best INTJ careers reward personal initiative and determination. INTJs believe that everyone should do their best to complete the task to the highest possible standard and loathe individuals who use social activities and networking rather than merit to get ahead on the career ladder.

There really is no easier way to lose the respect of an INTJ than to show that you believe social skills and relationships are more important than professional competence. INTJs have very high standards, especially when it comes to their own work, and are likely to put in an extraordinary amount of effort to get the job done. Consequently, typical INTJ careers reward inventiveness, dedication, and insightfulness.

Where is my drawing board?

INTJs tend to have excellent analytical and creative skills. They are highly unlikely to choose or enjoy customer-facing or teamwork-oriented careers; these are definitely not the best choices for INTJs. As already mentioned, INTJs are brilliant strategists and planners, but they do best alone or in small teams. People with this personality type will gladly accept someone else’s authority and leadership, as long as they see that individual as competent.

These traits make INTJs excellent engineers, military strategists, programmers, system analysts, lawyers, or freelance consultants. These are typical INTJ career paths, and their performance in these areas is often very impressive.

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Jul 19, 2014 05:58:03
Ahhh... too much writing! Too little time to read it...
Jul 16, 2014 16:31:22
I got INTJ today. My boss said there's no room here for any "I"s and to succeed he needs "E"s. So I've been let go.
Jul 06, 2014 11:42:13
being a jack-of-all-trades means making your hobby a job like photography or something artsy also a part of your life... Once intj's makes a decision, we stick with it or end up going back to it :)
Jul 06, 2014 11:37:48
intj teacher/ principal... really gratifying and gives us that independence that we love, also taking leadership and helping others is a bonus. i feel intj's will make great lecturers as well. Going back to shorter courses always keeps me motivated as well
Jul 03, 2014 20:31:49
INTJ (veeeery much INTJ), geologist, MSc and PhD working in the mining industry as a project evaluator. I think academic research is a very, very INTJ career. What drives me the most in life is understanding a complex subject, questioning the validity of current theories and contributing to them somehow. I also notice that most of my INTJ friends tend to seek graduate degrees.