What are the best careers for INTJs? INTJs may struggle in finding the right job, because they have a different way of operating than most other types. INTJs are intense introverts, needing much time alone to recharge. They have very logical minds, and they are good at things like mathematics, engineering, and technology.
INTJs are also conceptual thinkers who prefer to work in the background to solve problems and increase efficiency. While INTJs can make great leaders, they tend not to be bossy or overbearing types. In fact, they’d prefer to create solutions and work towards a plan rather than micromanage people.
INTJs can also be very particular on the job. They generally won’t like being interrupted, may shy away from small talk or pointless holiday events (such as Christmas parties, gift exchanges, team exercises), and they don’t like being micro-managed.
Having said that, INTJs have the ability to do most jobs well. However, some jobs will be a better fit than others. So, what are some of the top jobs for an INTJ personality type?
- Writers— Writing is a natural talent for the INTJ type, in my opinion. Writing is also a very solitary activity that many INTJs will enjoy, and regardless of your career choice, writing will probably be an important part of it. As an INTJ, you can earn a living by writing. You can publish your own books, start a blog, do freelance writing, become a journalist, become a technical writer, or even work as an editor or copyeditor. C.S. Lewis wrote Chronicles of Narnia. Stephen King is believed by many to be an INTJ, and he is a very successful writer of horror stories.
- Science— INTJs are referred to as scientists or masterminds, so it’s only natural that science is another top career. INTJs enjoy the logical and systematic approach that science provides. Isaac Newton, an INTJ, is considered the “Father” of science. Some areas of science the INTJ may enjoy include biology, chemistry, anthropology, or physics. I have an INTJ nephew and he is majoring in chemistry, but he plans to go to medical school later.
- Engineering—A lot of INTJs also go into engineering. INTJs are good at problem solving and designing things. Electrical engineering, civil engineering, or mechanical engineering are great fits for the INTJ. I can recall a story I once heard about engineering. A company had a multimillion-dollar piece of equipment that had broken down. They had their entire staff of engineers examine it, but no one knew how to fix it. Finally, they called a top-notch engineer, and said, “One of our most expensive machines has broken down. We must get this machine running. Please come and take a look, and we’ll pay whatever fee you charge.” The engineer agreed. He came and took apart the machine and spent several hours looking it over. Finally, he took out a piece of chalk and put an “X” on a part. He said, “That’s your problem. Replace that part, and this machine will work.” They followed his instructions, and the machine worked great. A few days later, they received a bill for $50,000. They were furious, and they demanded that the engineer send them an itemized bill. He agreed. A few days later, they receive the bill which read: 1 piece of chalk…$1. Knowing where to put the ‘X’…$49,999.
- Design/Planning–INTJs can also make good architects or inventors (Nikola Tesla had approximately 300 patents). In addition, real estate appraisal or house inspector may be a good job for the INTJ because it’s relatively solitary yet analytical. I’ve also had INTJs comment who worked as a project manager in construction.
- Finance/Economics/Business—INTJs are also good at understanding economics and managing finances. Therefore, careers such as financial advisor or planner, mortgage loan officer, investor, financial analyst or banker, or even insurance adjuster or analyst. I also majored in accounting; however, I changed it to a general business concentration. I didn’t like it, but INTJs may like areas of accounting like cost accounting (managerial accounting) or even forensic accounting. INTJs often rise to management or executive positions within companies. The only thing an INTJ will dislike about management is dealing with whiney employees who have a lot of drama.
- Lawyer/Attorney– I read about one INTJ that was very happy as a lawyer specializing in intellectual property. INTJs also can become judges. I thought about law; however, I strongly dislike how so much of it is open to interpretation, and I also hate how laws are constantly changing. Nevertheless, some INTJs excel in law.
- Consulting—Consulting is a very interesting opportunity for the INTJ. INTJs have a unique gift of being able to walk into a situation, disregard all tradition or authority, and determine the real problems facing a business. Then, the INTJ can come up with a practical solution or strategy that will solve the problem. This is what makes the INTJs great consultants. I watched an interesting video a while back from a guy named Alan Weiss. He’s written articles talking about how he hates MBTI and how people try to put people in boxes (the title of the article was “You Assertive INTJ High D Son of a Gun”), but I think he’s an INTJ. He’s made millions off his consulting business. You can watch that lecture on YouTube.
- Technology—INTJs often gravitate towards careers revolving around technology. One INTJ female on this channel works with Cybersecurity. INTJs also become programmers (think Mark Zuckerberg or Bill Gates). INTJs may enter other areas related to computers or technology such as network administration, IT manager, creating apps, building websites, etc.
- Teaching–INTJs are natural teachers. They enjoy researching and learning, and they can synthesize information and teach it in a logical manner. Most INTJs will prefer to teach at a higher level such as college, but INTJs do teach at lower levels. I remember reading one account of an INTJ high school teacher who would take solitary walks during lunch to recharge from all of the interaction. In his book Please Understand Me, David Keirsey wrote the following about NT teaching types: “Preferring not to teach the same subject material over and over, NT teachers will seek new tactics, even if dealing with the same content area” (161). INTJs will also tend to teach technical subjects such as math, science, economics, or business, but some may teach things like history or art. You may also design curriculums or become an administrator.
- Healthcare–INTJs can also do well in healthcare areas. INTJs can make talented doctors (internist/general physician, surgeons, etc.), CRNA (certified registered nurse anesthetist), nurse practitioner, dentist, radiologists.
- Military— Some INTJs will gravitate toward the military. At least one INTJ on this channel has worked in the military and in teaching. In the military, the INTJ will probably work in areas such as technology, etc.
- Creativity/Arts—INTJs also work in areas of the arts or entertainment. Some INTJs work in photography, graphic design, art or art teacher. INTJs have even worked in areas like directing (James Cameron or Christopher Nolan).
- Entrepreneurship—Last but not least, I do believe that starting your own business, or entrepreneurship, is also a great fit for the INTJ. Many INTJs have started their own business. A big example would be Bill Gates, Elon Musk, etc. Another interesting fact is that according to the MBTI Manual, INTJ females were “overrepresented among female small business owners compared with national sample” (76). Several INTJs who have commented on my YouTube channel are self-employed. Here’s the thing with self-employment—you can start a business doing most of the things I’ve talked about above. For example, you can start a blog or YouTube channel teaching some skill, you can program your own apps and try to sell them, you can create your own consulting company, start a real estate empire, etc. There are many ways that you can start your own business as an INTJ.
In conclusion, INTJs can work at virtually any type of job. However, many INTJs seem to enter the career fields above. I’ll try to make more videos on INTJ career options and tips in the future.