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The best jobs for your personality type using the Myers-Briggs scale

Written by Kay Benedek
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While there are hundreds of quizzes, tests, and questionnaires cluttering up social media feeds and google results pages, none are as accurate or beneficial as the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) personality test.

The MBTI test distills the collective population into 16 personality types. Breaking down personality types into extroverts (E) or introverts (I), sensors (S) or intuitives (I), thinkers (T) or feelers (F), and judgers (J) or perceivers (P), the Myers Briggs test assigns each personality type a 4-letter acronym. With it comes a personality description and how that personality behaves in families, friendships, and the workplace.

Unsurprisingly, the MBTI test has been used by businesses and professionals for decades to decide if a candidate is right for a position. In fact, roughly 80% of Fortune 500 companies use the test to vet potential employees.

Curious what it says about you? You can take the test for free here.

Once you know your personality type, it’s time to get to the nitty gritty. Using the book Do What You Are by Paul Tieger, we’ve compiled the best careers for each personality type. Let’s get started!

 

ANALYSTS

Analyst- intj - Architect

INTJ – The Architect

Creative perfectionists who prefer to do things their own way, INTJs perform well in non-social roles that require them to think theoretically.

Top careers (click the hyperlinks to see available jobs):

  1. Investment banker
  2. Personal financial advisor
  3. Software developer
  4. Economist
  5. Executive


INTP – The Logician

Independent and creative problem-solvers, INTPs gravitate toward roles that require them to be theoretical and precise.

Top careers (click the hyperlinks to see available jobs):

  1. Computer programmer/software designer
  2. Financial analyst
  3. Architect
  4. College professor
  5. Economist


ENTJ – The Commander

Natural leaders who are logical, analytical, and good strategic planners, ENTJs gravitate toward authoritarian roles that require them to be organized and efficient.

Top careers (click the hyperlinks to see available jobs):

  1. Executive
  2. Lawyer
  3. Market research analyst
  4. Management consultant
  5. Venture capitalist


ENTP – The Debater

Enterprising creative people who enjoy new challenges, ENTPs excel in risky roles that require them to be persistent and non-conformist.

Top careers (click the hyperlinks to see available jobs):

  1. Entrepreneur
  2. Real estate developer
  3. Advertising creative director
  4. Marketing director
  5. Politician/political consultant

 

DIPLOMATS

Diplomats


INFJ – The Advocate

Thoughtful, creative people driven by firm principles and personal integrity, INFJs do well in behind-the-scenes roles that require them to communicate on a personal level.

Top careers (click the hyperlinks to see available jobs):

  1. Therapist/counsellor
  2. Social worker
  3. HR diversity manager
  4. Organization development consultant
  5. Customer relations manager


INFP – The Mediator

Sensitive idealists motivated by their deeper personal values, INFPs excel in roles that require them to be compassionate and adaptable.

Top careers (click the hyperlinks to see available jobs):

  1. Graphic designer
  2. Psychologist/therapist
  3. Writer/editor
  4. Physical therapist
  5. HR development trainer


ENFJ – The Protagonist

People-lovers who are energetic, articulate, and diplomatic, ENFJs excel in cooperative roles that require them to be expressive and logical.

Top careers (click the hyperlinks to see available jobs):

  1. Advertising executive
  2. Public relations specialist
  3. Corporate coach/trainer
  4. Sales manager
  5. Employment/HR specialist


ENFP – The Campaigner

Curious and confident creative types who see possibilities everywhere, ENFPs perform well in expressive roles that require them to be alert and communicative.

Top careers (click the hyperlinks to see available jobs):

  1. Journalist
  2. Advertising creative director
  3. Consultant
  4. Restaurateur
  5. Event planner

 

SENTINELS

Sentinels

ISTJ – The Logistician

Hard workers who value their responsibilities and commitments, ISTJs excel in behind-the-scenes roles that require them to be reliable.

Top careers (click the hyperlinks to see available jobs):

  1. Auditor
  2. Accountant
  3. Chief financial officer
  4. Web development engineer
  5. Government employee


ISFJ – The Defender

Modest and determined workers who enjoy helping others, ISFJs do well in roles that require them to provide services to others without being in a position of authority.

Top careers (click the hyperlinks to see available jobs):

  1. Dentist
  2. Elementary school teacher
  3. Librarian
  4. Franchise owner
  5. Customer service representative


ESTJ – The Executive

Realists who are quick to make practical decisions, ESTJs perform well in social roles that require them to lead.

Top careers (click the hyperlinks to see available jobs):

  1. Insurance sales agent
  2. Pharmacist
  3. Lawyer
  4. Judge
  5. Project manager


ESFJ – The Consul

Gregarious traditionalists motivated to help others, ESFJs gravitate toward social roles that require them to care for the well-being of others.

Top careers (click the hyperlinks to see available jobs):

  1. Sales representative
  2. Nurse/healthcare worker
  3. Social worker
  4. Public relations account executive
  5. Loan officer

 

EXPLORERS

Explorers

ISTP – The Virtuoso

Straightforward and honest people who prefer action to conversation, ISTPs perform well in utilitarian roles that require them to make use of tools.

Top careers (click the hyperlinks to see available jobs):

  1. Civil engineer
  2. Economist
  3. Pilot
  4. Data communications analysis
  5. Emergency room physician


ISFP – The Adventurer

Warm and sensitive types who like to help people in tangible ways, ISFPs do well in roles that require them to be sympathetic and attentive.

Top careers (click the hyperlinks to see available jobs):

  1. Fashion designer
  2. Physical therapist
  3. Massage therapist
  4. Landscape architect
  5. Storekeeper


ESTP – The Entrepreneur

Pragmatists who love excitement and excel in a crisis, ESTPs excel in high-stakes roles that require them to be resourceful.

Top careers (click the hyperlinks to see available jobs):

  1. Detective
  2. Banker
  3. Investor
  4. Entertainment agent
  5. Sports coach


ESFP – The Entertainer

Lively and playful people who value common sense, ESFPs gravitate toward roles that require them to be expressive and interact with others.

Top careers (click the hyperlinks to see available jobs):

  1. Child welfare counselor
  2. Primary care physician
  3. Actor
  4. Interior designer
  5. Environmental scientist

 

SOURCE: Do What You Are: Discover the Perfect Career for You Through the Scecrets of Personality Type by Paul D. Tieger, Barbara Barron, Kelly Tieger

Looking for more information on the Myers-Briggs scale? The infographic below describes the strengths and weaknesses of each personality type, as well as average household income.

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See also:

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