This series of articles is devoted to Myers-Briggs personality types and recommended jobs for each type. Up next: INTJ (introversion, intuition, thinking, judging).
To learn more about the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, click here. And remember: this is just a fun, non-scientific assessment that hopefully gives you some insights about yourself and potential careers you may enjoy. Also, any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.
INTJs are known as “Masterminds” in MBTI circles. This is an example of the intense stigmatisms faced by INTJs today. For whatever reason, INTJs are considered “evil.” Luckily, I am not writing about the pre-disposed morality of MBTI types, so both evil and nice INTJs are welcome to read this all-inclusive article.
About INTJ personalities
INTJs are cerebral types that are known for being very devoted to their cause. They are often ambitious but calculated in their approach and are also known for having expressionless faces, (oddly).
As introverts, they tend to keep to themselves and work on individual pursuits like taking over the world reading. Like INTPs and ISTPs, they stay away from people-based jobs the best they can.
INTJs are Rationals, a name given to types with “NT.” This means they are focused more on thinking and theories than on people. They are drawn to technical fields, like most NTs. A good rule of thumb is that if someone is trying to explain to you obscure physics that definitely don’t pertain to your conversation, then you’re probably talking to an NT.
INTJs absorb much more power from their “J” trait than most judging types. INTJs are master planners and designers of complex systems. They have self-control and the uniqueness of being a “rule follower” for exactly one person: themselves. They wouldn’t want anyone else barking out orders. As a “workaholic” type, there's also a good chance an INTJ’s past-times sound a lot more like work than recreation.
INTJ wish list
When it comes to careers, every personality type wants to sync their career with themselves. An INTJ’s wish list would probably look like this:
1. Highly technical career
2. Little oversight
4. Intellectually challenging
5. Option to work crazy hours
6. Few rules
7. Lack of customer interaction
9. Position of power
Top INTJ careers
1. Entrepreneur (8/9)
Though many types love entrepreneurship, INTJs are the original entrepreneurs. Hall of Fame INTJs include Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg. While most business environments physically pain INTJs, they tend to enjoy it when they are their own boss and make all the decisions. They also enjoy taking their ideas and implementing them to the real world, which is probably the job description of an entrepreneur, should they have one.
2. Urban planner (8/9)
INTJs love to plan. However, people usually have jobs demanding more action than planning. Not in the case of urban planners. This INTJ dream job consists of designing the futures of cities and sometimes designing the cities themselves.
3. Engineer (7/9)
INTJs are systems thinkers. This is the ultimate skill for engineers, and it is practically built-in hardware for an INTJ. Engineers deal with layers upon layers of complexity, so INTJs find themselves at home. One drawback is the regulation in the field of engineering; INTJs may find it stifling. I say, “Too bad,” because I want my bridges/appliances/robots double-checked.
4. Economist (7/9)
The economy is terrifyingly complex, so INTJs are drawn to this field like loose change to a sofa. It may be the best academic field for INTJs because it’s more system based than most others. Research is particularly interesting for INTJs, but they want to find a way to apply it to the real world. Economics is well rooted in reality, but INTJs probably want positions where they can be consultants or otherwise apply the subject.
5. Programmer (6/9)
Some say INTJs are computers. While that is debatable, one thing’s for sure: they speak their language. Both computers and INTJs operate logically. Programming is all about extended focus. It’s not a very powerful career, so an INTJ may eventually feel like a cog in a machine. There are alternatives, though, because programmers are highly sought after by start-ups, where their opinions would probably go further. It may even take them to the dream position of CTO.
Other notable careers
World ruler (9/9), scientist (6/9)
Sales rep (2/9)
“This product will completely revolutionize your office environment.”
I could have designed this product better. And your office is hopeless.
“Do you want me to demo this for you?”
Please say no. Please say no. Please say no.
“And it works 50% faster than others on the market.”
They are all the exact same.
“Great! I look forward to talking to you again!”
May we never cross paths for the rest of our lives, and may I retire early.