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.

INTJ careers

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.

5 years ago
Im an intj and i work for child protective services. It wasn't my ideal choice of work but it has actually worked out well since i mostly work alone and analytical skills really help in this field. I advise my families to do what is best for their family. It's a lot of emotions but my ability to detach myself from my emotions and be objective is very helpful when i have to make hard decisions. Since i was a child, i was seen as strange because i didn't like to play with the other kids so i learned to have social skills, however now some people think I'm extroverted when I'm not and its a bit annoying because they become upset when i really don't want to.
5 years ago
I am more all over supply chain and logistics, also running multiple private bussinesses. Just could never find something to keep me busy with for more than a month or two....
5 years ago
What fits is that I currently study economics and plan to go into system analysis/programming or research fields. Plan B is to work in a marketing or business team. That's the furthest I think into my future career path, and most of my part-time student jobs were customer-service related or admin related jobs (just wanted to earn some cash!). The part about loving efficiency and putting stuff into a whole system fits me to a T, but i'm really not as analytical or strategist-thinking as supposed by an intj, though I have to admit I am rather opportunistic at times to get what I want (sometimes even a little irrational). The part about being curious and desiring to learn describes me well. I like reading and writing a lot, and being a part-time author is one of my dream part-time jobs, is this also a part of being intj? Music, math and languages are also very interesting to me. I in fact though about becoming a multi-translator as I know and speak 3.5 languages fluently. intjs come across to me as being very resolute and definite in what they think, know or like , which is not so accurate for me judging by the wide array of job interests i frequently contemplate about. I like to think of myself as a mix of qualities and people who know me tend to see me as a rather moderate individual, but eager and curious, and slightly zany.
5 years ago
I am definitely an INTJ. I went to top schools for undergrad and law school and worked as a big law attorney on K Street. 5 years ago, I bought a distressed company that I have turned around (although still not to my liking). I'm seen as self-confident by people who like me and arrogant by those who don't. I am extremely open-minded, but people think I'm a "my way or the highway" kind of person. This drives me insane, because I can only rely on myself to figure out answers to my problems at work. I am extremely determined, always trying to learn every little thing. This makes me good at shows like Jeopardy, but I always fast-forward through nonsense like when the contestants talk about themselves. I'm always calculating my next moves, and am very Machiavellian in nature. I hate most people, because I'm frustrated that I don't understand many of them. I like many (but not most) senior-level people because they act rationally. This allows me to predict their next moves, thereby giving me the information on what I need to proceed. But I have a hard time understanding those who make decisions out of emotion. This doesn't mean that I'm emotionless. I am often sad or angry with my interpersonal relationships because I cannot figure out why they do things that are not in their best interest. In fact, I like dealing with greedy people / power hungry people because I can understand their motives. I have a hard time shutting off my thoughts to go to bed. I was very bad at dating or even getting a girl to like me. But in college, a lot of girls came on to me. Each time, it was a period in which I wasn't looking for a relationship. I have a hard time giving praise unless my wife tells me I should to "advance the ball". My wife is the opposite of me when it comes to understanding people. She may not be the best Machiavelli strategist, but she is a constructivist that can tell me why a contractor that I hired irrationally admits to mistakes via e-mail to me, for instance. She told me it is because the contractor wanted me to like him and thereby ease the tension so I would forgive him, which is entirely true. I would have never have come up with that by myself. I also quasi-like leading. I naturally do well as a leader. But I dislike the spotlight. I hate going on TV or do interviews. But I believe I'm fairly good at them. I am very patient person, but I come off as someone who wants to see immediate results. The differences between who I really am and how I am perceived drive me nuts sometimes.
5 years ago
Wow, Eric, you just described me to a T.
5 years ago
I am a Ger-Psyc nurse and find my personality works well within my field.
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