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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Jul 14, 2014 01:40:56
Erm, is it normal for an INTP to go on the internet and search up random questions they have about the human brain/traits? Erm, I'm twelve and I do that. It's what I do for my free time. I have memorized the AB and C clusters. I have done extensive studies and researches online for dermatillomania, Trichotillomania, (my) depression, and lots more of the human traits and problems. Silly, yes. But I ENJOY it! Please, someone tell me if this is unnormal. Thank you very much! I'm really worried.
Jul 25, 2014 10:28:48
Nope. This is quite normal for INTPs. I'm 25 and I still research random things on the internet, almost to the point of it becoming an obsession. Thoughts cycle in and out and I feel I need to look into things more. The internet is a great way to explore without having to deal with the slow results formal education fosters.
May 27, 2014 05:50:55
I got INTP and I think it's for the most part accurate.
What this article fails to mention is that INTPs can be extremely gregarious given that they are confident in their conduct. Confidence, however, is not something that comes easy for this particular personality type.
INTPs don't always find difficulty enunciating their emotions and they definitely aren't always locked up in solitude. INTPs can be good leaders under the right circumstances and I've met quite a few INTPs who enjoy their leadership positions. I think iNTPs treasure the most autonomy and freedom. Otherwise, they are quite flexible and easily comfortable.
I am not particularly good at the maths or science, but I do pretty well when it comes to logical reasoning in other forms of abstract thinking. I'm thinking that a potential career in law or finance may be good for me.
A lot of INTPs become mathematicians and engineers, but they don't always! Thomas Jefferson was an INTP and he went on to become one of the founding fathers of America!
May 25, 2014 15:37:05
Nailed it! I study the mechanisms through which poverty has its effects on children's language development. To do so requires understanding the underlying mechanisms of influence, I can synthesize large volumes of works, and distill a theoretical model to explain, no wonder I have so few friends! I do spend too much time in my head, but I'm loyal a lab friend to those that stick it out. The lone wolf part is true of me; I have a low threshold for small talk, makes it difficult to make friends as its often necessary in the beginning. I also have a crazy vivid imagination, I should have written horror or science-fiction novels or screenplays. Perhaps all those years in early childhood poverty, sitting alone at the edge of a field of crops while mother worked as a migrant farmworker peppered my early imagination. Oh well, INTP explains so much
Shelly Browne
May 18, 2014 19:22:49
It's kind of a relief to see someone describe me -- yet I'm not as comfortable with math - more of a writer and my honing of communication skills for profit - I try to read people and sell my company's services on the phone and in person -- for survival but also it's one giant social science experiment for me -- what will work? How do I win when I'd rather be reading a book? Spot on about kids and friends and all, my good friends are ok with my lack of emotional hugs etc. but appreciate when I do want to give one. Hmm, I see some weak point and feel vindicated in some of my strong ones. No more apologizing for too many ideas!!
May 05, 2014 08:49:05
Well, I don't know how to feel about this, but I HATE stuffs like maths, physics, or chemistry but I do love science. I do love to find out how stuffs/something/the universe worked.