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.

3 years ago
I've never been able to decide on my career. I was just always uncertain. I had no clue what to do. I'm now a high school sophomore and its safe to say that I have chosen my path! I want to work with digital graphics or in a lab composing new vaccines... Really, I love the idea of getting to work with graphics. Basically digital art, (I've always liked to draw since I was a kid) and working om articles. I'm okay at writing. Basically I think being a magazine editor will be fine for me. I prefer to work behind the scenes... Either that or in a nice lab. I love to work with genetics and the idea of composing medicine sounds amazing. Any other INTJs with experience in these areas willing to share advice anout those fields??
3 years ago
YES!!! I'm only 15 but I've always been conflicted between working for NASA or medical research or going into television as a director or doing graphic design etc
3 years ago
Female INTJ-A teaching philosophy... Philosophy is the core of my life. Yeah, I'm an individualist, totally non competitive but target-oriented. This test is fantastic!
3 years ago
physical work can be surprisingly soothing for a turbulent type
3 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.
3 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.
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