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.

Anonymous
2 years ago
physical work can be surprisingly soothing for a turbulent type
Anonymous
2 years ago
What about being an author?
2 years ago
Well, it is, inside itself, a pretty solitary job. But you have to work with a large group of people to get your book published, sold, and everything else. Good luck though, I love writing as well! :-)
1 year ago
I like the idea of writing books mostly because I am an ideas person as I expect most of you are, it also give me an opportunity to "Write the book I never read". most book characters don't identify well with INTJs. I find most book characters to be pathetic and don't even get me started on what usually happens to the "Bad guy".
Victoria S.C.
3 years ago
I wanted to be a lawyer since I was 6, because I thought that it was an important job. When I entered university I decided that I wanted to be a county prosecutor or a criminal investigator (some prosecutors actively work with certain units). I'm also an amateur horror writer, but sadly, no magazine has accepted any of my works.
D.C.
2 years ago
Never give up, I did that an later I was regret... Just keep trying to publish your work, and in last resource create a blog, it worked for me.
Emily
3 years ago
I want to be a Screenwriter... and Film Director. And and author. And a Lyricist. But I also like programming (teaching myself.) It's very satisfying, but I wouldn't have it as a career as I would much more prefer the creative jobs, particularly screenwriting - creative dialogue within a STRUCTURE! It's a dream!
Trig
3 years ago
I work within an electronics company having moved around different areas to gain knowledge / understanding of the detailed parts of the departments and the company. So far I have been a hardware design engineer (3.5 yrs), test engineer (1.5 yrs) and currently a solutions engineer. The work has been very rewarding to how my brain works in crunching numbers, technical analysis, creative design and now system / big picture design.
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