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
I'm not so sure about being an engineer or a strategist.. I am not good at math and the sciences, but my career path is Music.. My work is done in the studio at the mixing desk or at home on my laptop lining up waveforms and EQ'ing frequencies while writing some killer beats and riffs...
5 years ago
My early career path was in Music, classical guitar actually. Risk aversion kept me away from It. And so I Moved into business management, product management, product development and now managing a business analysis team. Through my career path, I never lost sight of my musical roots, and realized maths were all around and deeply involved in music, Probably why I got good at numbers at a certain point in life. Ever realized that music requires a huge abstraction capacity ? multiple "voices" understanding and mastering (guitar often adresses 3 individual lines, played at the same time), that harmonics are all about maths, located on very specific fractions of the string ? So are the scales as well (Octave being at half length point, third at 3/4, etc.) Rythms are all about time sync ? And I'm not writing about the interpretation part, author understanding and all the associate research that allows to decide whether attacking the song in this or another way would reproduce as close as possible the author's intent ? Believe me, music ain't far from maths and science ;-) And you'd probably be good at It, if personnal interests require.
Kelly McDowell
5 years ago
I am a retired U.S. Navy Sonar Technician (ST) who spent a career hunting submarines (Soviet mostly but they are all fun to hunt) and was never happier. Why? Because we had so many different jobs to do. Once I retired from the Navy I became lost. Jobs with any redundancy bore me to tears but pursuing my academic dreams fulfilled me as much as being an ST. My hope was that a masters in teaching and a career educating children would be fulfilling, but the sheer amount of repitition and the paperwork was mind-numbing. After reading Justin's comment, having been involved in indie film making and writing (for me its historical fiction), I understand why INTJ's are so rare and so isolated. I'm glad those INTJ's like Amanda have found their niche.
5 years ago
I agree with Benjamin Ramos when it comes to the storytelling aspect of INTJs. I am a student, but my desired career is to be a indy film writer/director. And I also, oddly enough, like writing science fiction/fantasy novels.
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