INTJ Careers (The Ultimate Career List)

In this brief guide, we will discuss some of the best and worst INTJ careers.

INTJ Careers

INTJ careers tend to include, most of all, analytical thinking and a ruthless pursuit of facts, therefore some of the best INTJ careers may include:

  • Accountant or Auditor
  • Financial Analyst
  • Logistician
  • Aerospace Engineer
  • Architect
  • Medical Scientist
  • Microbiologist
  • Political Scientist
  • Atmospheric Scientist
  • Software Developer
  • Photographer
  • Technical Writer

INTJ is known for their tendency to be highly logical and practical and they like to deal with things they know and understand, while they may not care much for the things that don’t make much sense to them.

In their careers, INTJ might be likely to focus on the practical aspects of things, and while they like to think a lot and plan or execute things, they don’t like to do this purely in an abstract manner, and there needs to be a degree of reality to it.

INTJ Careers and Personality Traits

An INTJ personality also tends to excel at creating and implementing innovative solutions to analytical problems because they have a very rational mind and their intuitive capacity for information gathering coupled with their ability to think rationally and logically allows them to be very efficient in their solutions to any and all problems they may face in their career.

The INTJ is able to see possibilities for improvement where others can’t, because they can anticipate things that others may not be able to, and at the same time an INTJ career flourish when they are able to work within complex systems rather than people or even something that does not engage their mind as much.

If INTJ careers are not able to sustain their tendency to be mentally stimulated by something, they are quite likely to find hobbies or other things that are, and they are not very likely to stay in a job that makes them too miserable either.

INTJs also tend to be quite organized and determined and they are good at implementing their ideas for change in real life because their thinking function is extroverted rather than introverted, which usually means that the person will be good at execution.

INTJs are comfortable with abstraction and theory really the maximum satisfaction they ever feel comes from turning their ideas into reality because they don’t like doing just theoretical things, they need things in their life to also be practical, and when their ideas are left unfulfilled they may feel frustrated and lash out at those around them due to workplace stress

The INTJ personality likes working independently or with a small team, taking measured, strategic steps to implement change and any career which involves huge teams or many people across different teams may not appeal to this individual at all.

INTJs enjoy working with logical systems that they can understand in depth and they will often take on the challenge of comprehending complex ideas that others don’t get because they just cannot resist the need to understand how they can improve the way things work.

INTJ careers need to involve a work environment which is highly logical and efficient and they need things to be structured and analytical and not chaotic, while the colleagues they have must be competent, intelligent, and productive and if they aren’t, chances are they will hear about it at some point when the INTJ gets frustrated with them. 

INTJ is portrayed as a mastermind in fiction, and this is not even entirely untrue because they actually do have the analytical skills to problem-solve in a challenging environment, and they may often take on roles that allow them to do just that.

Based on the features discussed above, given below are some of the most engaging INTJ careers that these people might find themselves drawn to:

  • Accountant or Auditor
  • Financial Analyst
  • Logistician
  • Aerospace Engineer
  • Architect
  • Biomedical Engineer
  • Management Consultant
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Financial Advisor
  • Top Executive
  • Actuary
  • Mathematician
  • Statistician
  • Civil Engineer
  • Computer Hardware Engineer
  • Health Care
  • Judge or Hearing Officer
  • Medical Scientist
  • Microbiologist
  • Political Scientist
  • Atmospheric Scientist
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Lawyer
  • Paralegal
  • Translator
  • Economist
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Pharmacist
  • Physician or Surgeon
  • Computer Programmer
  • Computer Systems Analyst
  • Network Administrator
  • Biochemist or Biophysicist
  • Chemist or Materials Scientist
  • Computer and IS Manager
  • Computer Scientist
  • Industrial Designer
  • Editor
  • Software Developer
  • Photographer
  • Technical Writer
  • Writer

Worst Careers for INTJ

The worst careers for an INTJ will be those that allow too much interaction with people or not enough opportunity for growth.

Additionally, an INTJ may feel the absolute worst career possible for them is something that puts them together with incompetent people, which, often, may just mean people not as smart as them.

INTJ can also be very hard to keep up with, so any field where they are at the absolute top might be the worst career for them because they may feel like they don’t have absolutely anything more to learn.

Lastly, INTJ may also find that the worst career for them is something artsy or something that is too vague, like philosophy, because their thinking abilities are more about doing and analysing than pondering and hypothesizing alone.

The characteristics discussed above lead to the conclusion that following are some examples of the worst careers for INTJ personality:

  • Receptionist
  • Production Worker
  • Advertising Sales Agent
  • Telemarketer
  • Recreation Worker
  • Teacher’s AideDental Hygienist
  • Licensed Practical Nurse
  • Medical Assistant
  • Hotel Clerk
  • Secretary
  • Preschool Teacher
  • Home Health Aide
  • Nurse’s Aide
  • Social Worker

INTJ Career Advice 

Some of the best career advice for INTJ personalities is as follows:

  • They need to learn to delegate repetitive tasks because they will eventually lose their motivation to work if they keep at them.
  • INTJs are big-picture thinkers, and as such they need to leave the details of things to others.
  • INTJ also needs to learn to defer to the successful people above them sometimes. 
  • INTJs also need to learn to work with extroverts for their own benefit. 
  • Most INTJs also need to improve their career by dealing with networking events. 
  • Even in their careers, INTJs need to learn to show and deal with feelings even if they find them unsavory. 

INTJ Characters

Here are some of the best INTJ characters that will portray the analytical and thinking style of the INTJ personality rather well:

  • Hannibal Lector: Silence of the Lambs
  • Clarice Sterling: Silence of the Lambs
  • Katniss Everdeen: The Hunger Games
  • Professor Moriarty: Sherlock Holmes
  • Sheev Palpatine: Star Wars
  • Gandalf: Lord of the Rings
  • Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy: Pride and PrejudiceEllen Ripley: Alien
  • Peter Wiggins: Ender’s Game
  • Alexander Mahone
  • Dagny Taggart: Atlas Shrugged
  • Severus Snape: Harry Potter
  • Ender Wiggin: Ender’s game
  • Walter White: Breaking Bad
  • Michael Corleone: The Godfather
  • Sherlock Holmes: Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes
  • Stewie: Family Guy
  • Gus Fring: Breaking Bad
  • Elliot Anderson: Mr. Robot
  • Ro Laren: Star Trek
  • Claire Underwood: House of Cards
  • Amy Dunne: Gone Girl
  • Lisbeth Salander: Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • Elizabeth Bennet: Pride and Prejudice
  • Ragnar Lothbrok: Vikings
  • Mr. Pink: Reservoir Dogs
  • Mr. Burns: The Simpsons
  • O-Ren Ishii:
  • Reginald Hargreeves: The Umbrella Academy

INTJ Career: Reddit

It has been estimated that INTJs are so rare that many of them reach the ages of 17 or 18 without ever meeting one of their own type, which means that many people of this personality type may not even be aware of the fact that there are others that think this way.

Therefore, here is a compiled list of Reddit users with an INTJ personality talking about their careers, so that one may get a more accurate sense of what some INTJ careers may be:

“I’m in IT Support and I love it. I don’t have to deal with people right in front of me, all work is remote and over the phone, and I get to really put knowledge to use through solving problems and working on process improvements. It’s like working in a happy little bubble.”

“I’m one of four Senior computer Analysts at an IT help desk for a large pharmacy chain. I love it, even when it’s very stressful. I’m not in a position to learn more, yet help others learn and actually help sway changes with our IT. Makes me happy.”

“I mostly solve problems with IT systems (usually they aren’t identified as problems until I suggest a better way) and use my creative assets to present data in graphical fashion, sometimes interactively using Excel.

One of the best things is that so many people come to me for help with really simple technical issues that I hear praise several times each day. ‘You genius, you’re amazing’ etc. I don’t think I am, I’m just a particularly unique fish in my corporate pond.

The company I work for is quite unique though and while the complete lack of anything resembling order in such a large company can be frustrating, it’s easy to impress by creating automated processes to deal with work as a result. As an example, when I first took over the role, I automated all the work by the third month and then did everything on the first day of the month for the whole month.”

“I’m a research scientist working on insect genetics. I love it and think about work 85% of the time while I’m awake (and I dream about it sometimes too).

At one point I would have loved to have been a travel journalist or travel photographer. I love to travel, but my introversion makes some of it less enjoyable and really exhausting.

When I was younger I really wanted to be a professional singer, but my lack of talent was prohibitive.

I really enjoy cooking and baking, but that lifestyle seems difficult and uncertain.”

Conclusion

In this brief guide, we discussed some of the best and worst INTJ careers.

INTJ is one of the rarest personality types and as such it is quite hard to pin down what careers they will necessarily be good at, but based on their very commonly known traits, it may be assumed with some ease that these individuals may make some of the best analysts and thinkers and they may have the capacity to come up with some tremendous things.

If you have any questions or comments about INTJ careers, please feel free to reach out to us at any time.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): INTJ Careers

What jobs are INTJs good at?

Some jobs that INTJ might be good at include:

Management Consultant.
Market Research Analyst.
Financial Advisor
Logistician.
Top Executive.
Actuary
Accountant or Auditor.
Financial Analyst.

Are INTJs the rarest?

Yes, INTJs are some of the rarest personality types in the world, so much so that in most populations they make up only about 2 percent of the population, and female INTJs are even rarer and make up less than 1 percent of the female population.

Are INTJs geniuses?

INTJs can be geniuses, given that they have a unique style of thinking and they are just as rare as a genius may be, which means that there is a high statistical probability that these individuals tend to be geniuses.

A primary reason why INTJs seem to be geniuses may be that they have a very introverted style of thinking, which makes it seem like they are able to rationalize and analyze things very well, and this is a trait often associated with geniuses.

Citations

https://www.truity.com/personality-type/INTJ/careers

Divya is currently a Clinical Psychology Trainee in a Master of Philosophy program and holds a Master’s in clinical psychology. She has a special interest in Personality studies and disorders, having researched the subject before, and Neuropsychology; with an additional interest being Mood disorders. She likes to write about Psychiatric issues, having worked in multiple specialty setups during her time as a clinical psychology student, and in her free time she likes to cook and read.