INTP careers

The INTP personality type possesses a unique combination of traits, and typical INTP career choices reflect this as well. We will now discuss the traits that make INTPs successful in their chosen careers – please feel free to suggest any additions or simply leave some feedback in the comment section below this article.

Let us begin with one of the most prominent personality traits shared by all INTPs—their love for theoretical methods and ideas. The best INTP careers turn this unique trait into a major strength as very few other personality types enjoy theories as much as INTPs do. For this particular reason, INTPs are excellent career scientists (especially in highly theoretical fields such as physics or chemistry), mathematicians, technical writers, or system analysts.

Next, INTPs enjoy finding and analysing underlying principles and ideas. Many typical career paths allow INTPs to utilise this trait, even though this often comes with practical applications that do not really interest INTPs. For instance, INTPs can be great corporate strategists, business analysts, video game designers, programmers, or engineers (this career is particularly suitable for INTPs due to their love for theory).

INTPs tend to be very independent (even somewhat eccentric), hold themselves to very high standards, and dislike managing other people or being managed, especially later in their career. These traits are rarely seen as attractive in the modern corporate world, and INTPs should avoid mentioning them in a job interview. However, if their manager proves to be insightful and open-minded enough, the INTP will be a never-tiring generator of brilliant and unique ideas. Some of the best INTP careers making good use of these traits may focus on legal, freelance consulting or forensic or laboratory research routes.

Finally, INTPs are typical “lone wolves” and typical INTP careers revolve around this trait. They live in their own minds, love solitude, and tend to despise small talk and other social necessities. INTPs do not really understand or enjoy emotional exchanges and are unlikely to spend a significant amount of time chitchatting with their colleagues or customers. For these reasons, customer-facing careers are highly unsuitable for INTPs; they would do much better in roles that focus on data and theories rather than people. For instance, INTPs may be excellent lawyers, data analysts, or even journalists, as long as they find the field interesting. These are some of the best career choices for people with this personality type.

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Aug 30, 2014 13:32:59
I am an INTP and I am a pastor
Cara R.
Aug 25, 2014 00:47:06
I am an INTP, but my dream career is to become a singer and actress. Does anyone have any idea why I want to perform in front of people if they say I would prefer not to?
Aug 23, 2014 22:40:09
I agree with the fact that I am a scientific kind of person, who likes theories and research, but I want to work in the medical world to help people and have a connection with them, I feel like everything I red is true but the part about not understanding people's feelings. I don't tend to express my feelings and emotions, that's why I listen to people and enjoy talking to them. But all the rest is so true!
Aug 23, 2014 06:12:52
This is spot on! I've read through numerous INTP descriptions and they always seemed a bit off in the career area before this one. I'm naturally analytical so math and science came easily to me, but I can't imagine majoring in one and then working in a field like that... there just isn't enough theory or je ne sais quoi to keep my interest for very long (although math is enjoyable in smaller quantities because it’s straight forward and is almost a trance state for me after a while). I want to *think* with what I do so I'm drawn more towards social sciences, philosophy, and history. There's a bit more going on in each of those; theorizing, numerous thoughts to connect, and conclusions to draw. As a profession I lean towards going into law, or an analyst position of some kind. I want to think (not just do rote calculations or experiments), but not necessarily be an implementer. Numbers are fine, but I want a more complicated puzzle! =)

I saw that Kathi said this and I wholeheartedly agree so I’m reposting it: “Secondly, as much as I want financial freedom I cannot forsake the love of my work for money...”

It's also accurate that I despise small talk and many social niceties. But I understand emotion; people are one of the most intriguing puzzles out there so reading and understanding people is of particular interest to me. I'm not great at comforting people, but I can understand the motives or "reasoning" behind emotions and response most of the time, and am very good at picking up on body language and how people are feeling (perceptiveness of our type, perhaps?). So, INTPs can be a bit confused when it comes to emotional areas when the “rules” we’ve found that govern them aren’t working; but it's because we sit there and analyze them, the situation surrounding them and a hundred other factors and THAT is how we empathize despite not seeming very emotional ourselves.
Aug 16, 2014 08:50:14
I agree, one thing I'd like to add or rather present you to consider is the creative and inventive inclination of this character type in career paths. For example, as we like to unearth underlying patterns and connect seemingly detached ideas and people to each other, why not consider a career in literature, or in an artistic field requiring contemplation and presenting the final outcome of this self-questioning, creative process. I would argue acting for example, even though the fear of failure and self-doubt is cleary prominent, still there is a chance for people who are considered in this group to be open in a ready, very organized way to let others see the patterns they INTPs enjoy revealing.