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Choosing a career path or changing careers seems like a big decision, but using available resources such as the Myers Briggs personality assessment can lead you in the right direction. Myers Briggs uses a series of questions to evaluate how you see the world, interact with others, and make decisions. Each of the 16 personality types gets assigned a four letter combination to describe tendencies in different categories. Take an assessment at Personality Perfect, Humanmetrics, or Truity to find out your personality type.

So how do your Myers Briggs results help you choose a career? People who fit into a particular Myers Briggs personality type have certain characteristics that make them better suited for certain types of work. While the assessment won’t tell you exactly what you should do with your life, it can offer some direction.

In part one of our series, we covered ISFP, ENTP, ISTP, INFJ, and ENFJ personalities. This time we cover six more Myers Briggs personality types and the careers that best fit them.

ISFJ (Nurturer)

Caretakers by nature, ISFJs are often found protecting others and taking care of their needs. A balance of practicality and compassion helps the ISFJ see a job to completion. ISFJs want to fulfill expectations and be seen as reliable and compatible.

ISFJ (Nurturer) - They rank as the most common type, representing 14% of the population.

Here are more fun facts about ISFJs:

  • They rank as the most common type, representing 14 percent of the population.
  • Nineteen percent of women fit the ISFJ type, making it the most common type for females.
  • Only 8 percent of men fit this category.
  • Personal values are important to them.
  • They value tradition with an appreciation for things that have happened in the past.
  • Stable, long-lasting relationships are priority for ISFJs.
  • They are humble and avoid drawing attention or being in the spotlight.
  • They are reserved when meeting new people, keeping personal details private initially.
  • ISFJs have an awareness of their surroundings.
  • They remember details about others.
  • They are likely to believe in a higher power.
  • ISFJs have a high likelihood of chronic pain and heart problems.
  • They tend to have a lower income than other types.
  • Education, religion and health care are common fields for them.
  • They are ideal candidates for careers oriented toward helping others.
  • They like to follow procedures in a structured way with a clear authority structure.
  • ISFJs often work behind the scenes.
  • They prefer orderly work environments with jobs that don’t require multi-tasking.
  • Famous ISFJs include Mother Teresa, Laura Bush, Clara Barton, Rosa Parks, and Kate Middleton.

Careers for ISFJ

 If this sounds like you, you’re probably wondering what type of ISFJ careers are best for you. Here are some that fit the personality type well:

  • Dentist
  • Veterinarian
  • Audiologist
  • Nutritionist
  • Elementary teacher
  • Social worker
  • Funeral director
  • Probation officer
  • Farmer
  • Interior designer
  • Medical researcher
  • Office manager
  • Tech support specialist
  • Librarian
  • Electrician

Some careers that aren’t particularly suited to the ISFJ personality type include:

  • Executive
  • Sales manager
  • Insurance agent
  • Art director
  • Actor
  • Mechanical engineer
  • Attorney
  • Economist

 ENTJ (Commander)

 ENTJs are strategic, efficient, analytical, and objective. They strive to create order and fix problems in the way things are done. They take charge, using an assertive nature and natural leadership to manage and lead those around them. Hard work doesn’t scare off an ENTJ. This personality type loves making decisions and appreciates asserting power and influence.

ENTJ (Commander) - Only 2% of the population fits the ENTJ category, making it one of the rarest types.

Here are other details about the ENTJ personality:

  • Only 2 percent of the population fits the ENTJ category, making it one of the rarest types.
  • Three percent of men fit the category while only 1 percent of women are ENTJs.
  • They are motivated by success.
  • They are often blunt and sometimes critical in the name of getting things done.
  • ENTJs are articulate and often outgoing.
  • They enjoys collaborating on a common goal and know how to push others toward the goal.
  • ENTJs point out flaws and how things could be done better.
  • They evaluate new people and situations quickly, often sharing honest options whether or not others want to hear it.
  • They have low incidents of stress due to work or money, but a higher risk of heart problems.
  • ENTJs are the least likely to believe in a higher power.
  • They typically have a high college GPA and are likely to finish college.
  • ENTJs have a high job satisfaction and lean toward leadership roles or jobs dealing with improving efficiency and productivity.
  • They enjoy solving complex problems.
  • They prefer environments that value innovation over tradition.
  • ENTJs crave structured workplaces with clear guidelines, objective job performance evaluation, and rewards for quality work.
  • Money, power, and prestige are their preferred methods of reward for a job well done.
  • They prefer colleagues who are ambitious and intelligent.
  • They are the least likely personality type to be unemployed or a stay-at-home parent.
  • They typically earn a high salary.
  • Famous ENTJs include Napoleon Bonaparte, David Letterman, Harrison Ford, Quentin Tarantino, and Margaret Thatcher.

Careers for ENTJ

 Here are some careers for ENTJ personalities:

  • Accountant
  • Loan officer
  • Purchasing manager
  • Insurance agent
  • Sales manager
  • Civil, chemical, aerospace, environmental, industrial, mechanical, or nuclear engineer
  • Economist
  • Historian
  • Art director
  • Professor
  • Chef
  • Pharmacist
  • Computer scientist
  • Police officer
  • Lawyer

Careers that may not be the best match include:

  • Receptionist
  • Teacher’s aide
  • Home health aide
  • Dental assistant
  • Childcare provider
  • Cosmetologist
  • Bill collector
  • Data entry clerk

 ESTJ (Supervisor)

The name says it all. These rule-following traditionalists like to take the lead, creating structure and organization to the environment. You may find an ESTJ developing procedures and guidelines to get an unorganized situation under control. With a value on facts and reality, you’ll likely find the ESTJ hard at work using proven methods.

ESTJs (Supervisor) make up the fifth most common personality type, encompassing 9% of the population.

Want to know more about the ESTJ personality? Here are more details:

  • ESTJs make up the fifth most common personality type, encompassing 9 percent of the population.
  • This personality type is the second most common type in men with 11 percent.
  • Only 6 percent of women fall into the ESTJ category.
  • They are task oriented, putting work before pleasure.
  • ESTJs are confident, often appearing to have everything under control.
  • They want everyone to know and follow the rules.
  • This personality type has high participation in churches, clubs, societies, and other institutions and may take a leadership role in the group.
  • Social interactions also tend to follow established rules and hierarchies for ESTJs.
  • They often fit the Type A personality.
  • They are one of four types to have a high GPA in college and are likely to stay in college.
  • ESTJs are often satisfied with work and marriage.
  • Management positions are common for them.
  • They are known to deliver work on time and as expected.
  • They find satisfaction in completing a job.
  • ESTJs work best with structure, clear expectations, and a clear flow of authority.
  • Famous ESTJs include Sandra Day O’Connor, Vince Lombardi, Colin Powell, and George Washington.

Careers for ESTJ

 Check out these ideas for ESTJ personality careers:

  • Stockbroker
  • Insurance agent
  • Real estate agent
  • Office manager
  • Chief financial office
  • Police officer
  • Airline pilot
  • Judge
  • School principal
  • Physician
  • Civil, mechanical, industrial or flight engineer
  • Cost estimator
  • General contractor
  • Funeral director
  • Military officer

Careers that are less popular for ESTJs include:

  • Artist
  • Writer
  • Cosmetologist
  • Preschool teacher
  • Social worker
  • Librarian
  • Psychologist
  • Physical therapist

INTJ (Mastermind)

The mastermind label may make you think of someone pulling all the strings, but the INTJ personality uses power for good and not evil. INTJs like to solve problems using an analytical approach with an eye for improvement in everything they encounter. This type doesn’t shy away from complex problems, but emotions and unpredictable behaviors can make an INTJ nervous.

INTJs (Mastermind) prefer independent work or small teams. They are the third rarest type, with only 2% of the population.

Let’s take a closer look at the INTJ personality with these traits:

  • They are the third rarest type, with only 2 percent of the population.
  • This is the rarest type for women, with only 1 percent of females represented in this population.
  • Three percent of men fall into the INTJ category.
  • INTJs are self-confident and are considered the most independent type.
  • They want to understand how things work.
  • They have the ability to predict outcomes that follow logic.
  • This personality type looks to the future instead of dwelling on the past.
  • They strive to become more competent by constantly gaining knowledge.
  • INTJs are often perfectionists in nature, holding themselves and others to high standards.
  • When communicating, they may leave out details, instead focusing on the big picture.
  • They may come across as serious or reserved.
  • Their hobbies may include individual sports, cultural events, reading, and video games.
  • INTJs are likely to have a high GPA and high income.
  • They have a lower risk of cardiac problems.
  • They prefer independent work or a small team environment.
  • INTJs are best suited for jobs that use analytical skills in a challenging, structured environment.
  • Famous INTJS include Ayn Rand, Lewis Carroll, Alan Greenspan, Dwight Eisenhower, Al Gore, Bill Gates, Hillary Clinton, Sir Isaac Newton, Stephen Hawking, and Ulysses S. Grant.

Careers for INTJ

 Excellent INTJ career choices include:

  • Budget analyst
  • Insurance underwriter
  • Tax examiner
  • Actuary
  • Architect
  • Biomedical, civil, computer hardware, electrical, health and safety, industrial, mechanical, or nuclear engineer
  • Biochemist
  • Editor
  • Photographer
  • Optometrist
  • Network administrator
  • Building inspector
  • Paralegal
  • Police detective

Software developer: earn approximately $105,590 per year, $50.77 per hour.

INTJs should probably avoid the following careers:

  • Receptionist
  • Telemarketer
  • Teacher’s aide
  • Production worker
  • Dental hygienist
  • Medical assistant
  • Social worker
  • Home health aide

ISTJ (Inspector)

Predictability and organization are important to ISTJ personalities. Natural organizers, they like things to follow the proper order — and they’ll take it upon themselves to enforce that order if necessary. Traditions are also important to an ISTJ. Following a step-by-step procedure to finish the task to completion makes an ISTJ happy.

See if the rest of these fun facts about ISTJs sound familiar:

  • With 12 percent of the population, ISTJ is the third most common type.
  • Men make up a large part of the group at 16 percent of the male population, while 7 percent of women are ISTJs.
  • ISTJs are logical and methodical, with a serious and often conservative personality.
  • They like to know the rules ahead of time.
  • They are predictable, so familiar surroundings are ideal.
  • ISTJs avoid calling attention to themselves, even in details such as clothing, which often have a functional focus instead of fashion.
  • They are straightforward communicators, with a focus on facts instead of abstract ideas.
  • Some of their common hobbies include exercise, concentration games, computer games, and watching sports.
  • ISTJs have a higher rate of chronic pain and cardiac problems.
  • They are often drawn toward careers in management, administration, law enforcement, and accounting.
  • They prefer independent work, so when working in groups they enjoy a distinct hierarchy.
  • ISTJs thrive in a structured environment with established procedures and regulations.
  • Famous ISTJs include Harry Truman, Warren Buffett, J.D. Rockefeller, and Queen Elizabeth II.

Careers for ISTJ

Career options that stand out for ISTJ personalities include:

  • Budget analyst
  • Chief information officer
  • Estate manager
  • Database administrator
  • Mechanic
  • Farmer
  • Police officer
  • Surgeon
  • Health care administrato
  • Airline pilot
  • Geologist
  • Medical technologist
  • Property manager
  • Environmental, flight, civil, or nuclear engineer
  • Paralegal

ISTJ careers to avoid include:

  • Graphic designer
  • Actor
  • Musician
  • Bartender
  • Public relations specialist
  • Dental hygienist
  • Speech pathologist
  • Childcare provider

INTP (Thinker)

As the name suggests, INTP personalities are always thinking, often using logical analysis to understand the complexity of the world and of life. Philosophers at heart, INTPs are often lost in thought with a heavy internal focus to seek understanding and make connections. They may seem cool, calm, and collected on the outside, but inside INTPs feel a passion for the quest to understand complexities and create new solutions for problems.

Here are a few other fun facts about the INTP personality:

  • They make up 3 percent of the population, making it one of the less common personality types.
  • Two percent of women fall in this category, and 5 percent of men are INTPs.
  • They rarely follow the crowd, instead following an individual path to get things done.
  • They are detached and play the observer role.
  • INTPs are skeptical of common conventions, assumptions, and ideology that isn’t logical.
  • They are careful with words and have an intellectual focus even in social situations.
  • Sometimes INTPs offend others if they challenge their beliefs with logical arguments.
  • They are more likely than others to learn a foreign language.
  • They have a high chance of not believing in a higher power.
  • INTPs also have the highest rate of being unhappy in a career.
  • Their grades may be lower than what would be expected based on aptitude scores.
  • Their hobbies may include strategy games, writing, computer activities, hiking, or meditation.
  • Bureaucracy and rules at work bother INTPs.
  • They prefer to come up with solutions while someone else actually carries them out.
  • Their ideal work situation is independent or in a small group of like-minded people.
  • INTPs thrive in flexible, non-traditional jobs with an emphasis on ingenuity.
  • Famous INTPs include Charles Darwin, Marie Curie, Abraham Lincoln, Albert Einstein, Socrates, and C.G. Jung.

 Careers for INTP

INTPs may perform well and enjoy the following careers:

  • Computer network architect
  • Network administrator
  • Web developer
  • Any type of engineer
  • Archaeologist
  • Geographer
  • Psychologist
  • Management consultant
  • Graphic designer
  • Musician
  • Writer
  • Professor
  • Lawyer
  • Urban planner
  • Microbiologist

Careers that could be stressful or unfulfilling for an INTP include:

  • Dental assistant
  • Dietitian
  • Corrections officer
  • Teacher’s aide
  • Cosmetologist
  • Retail salesperson
  • Restaurant manager
  • Teacher

Know Your Type

Learning more about your Myers Briggs personality type helps you determine which careers you might enjoy most. Don’t limit your career options, but instead use the suggestions as a starting point as you choose a career path. Our infographic below can provide further insight to popular career paths based on personality type. Check it out!

At Vista College, we offer a range of programs that suit the interests of students across the Myers Briggs spectrum. To determine which major could prepare you for a career that would best suit your interests and personality type, explore our degree programs today.

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