Over the last couple of months, we’ve compiled lists of some of the best careers for personality types defined by the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI).
Typically, the MBTI says, a person trends toward one side of these traits:
- Extrovert (E) or Introvert (I)
- Sensing (S) to Intuition (N)
- Thinking (T) or Feeling (F)
- Judging (J) or Perceiving (P)
That results in 16 different personality types, who all work, think, act, perceive, sense, and live differently. Even within a personality type, no two people are the exact same. One ENTP can trend far more extroverted or intuitive than another person of the same personality type.
Given that, these career suggestions are merely that—interesting suggestions that might fit well with a certain personality type. Think of this as fun inspiration to investigate different roles and what you’d need to excel at any one of them. If you don’t see anything here that resonates with you, that’s ok! Sometimes half the battle in a career search is finding out what you DON’T want to do. There are hundreds of other career paths that may line up with your interests, skills, and goals. This list is simply meant to reveal that individual personality types may thrive in certain types of roles. But each of us is an individual, so have fun exploring what might be the right fit for you now or in the future.
Here are some of the best careers for the 16 MBTI personality.
First, we’ll go through the personality types that start with “E”—the ones highlighted by extroversion.
ENTPs are known for their engaging conversations and innovative ideas. Because of this, some of the best careers for an ENTP include:
ENTJs are typically problem-solving, objective, enthusiastic leaders at work. Some of the best careers for ENTJs include:
At work, ENFPs typically love encouraging others on their team and have an innate drive for growth and success. This, paired with their empathy, makes them great for careers such as:
ENFJs are sometimes called the “Protagonist”—the main character in the story of life. They often have a knack for motivating and inspiring teams and are rooted in a sense of responsibility. Some careers for an ENFJ could include:
- Nurse Practitioner
- Occupational Therapist
- Training Specialist
- Customer Service Representative
ESTPs are known as the “Entrepreneurs” due to their natural ability to take charge, take on new risks, and face challenges head-on. This could lend itself to success in careers like:
- Emergency Response (EMT)
- Sales Manager
- Marketing Executive
- Freelance Creative
ESTJs are usually practical people who have a strong sense of morals and principles, which drive their working and leadership style in the workplace.
Some common ESTJ careers include:
- Business Administrator
- Pharmacist and other healthcare professions
- Lawyer and Attorney
- Auditors and other financial specialist
People who have the ESFP personality type tend to prefer careers with higher levels of personal interaction and some level of creative freedom. These can include:
- Public Relations (PR) Manager
- Landscape Architect
- Social Worker
- Special Education Teacher
Last on this list of extroverts, ESFJs are people-oriented and highly value their relationships with others. At work, they’re usually detail-oriented and have a caring personality that can lead them into careers where they help others. These can include:
- Event Coordinator
- Human Resources (HR) Manager
- Healthcare Receptionist
- Speech Pathologist
- Public Relations (PR) Specialist
Now let’s look at potential careers for the personality types that start with “I”—those who tend to be more introverted.
INTP personality types are known as “Logicians,” according to the MBTI. Some characteristics that define INTPs are that they are innovative, love figuring things out, and have an interest in the theory of things.
Some common careers for INTPs are:
INTJs are reportedly one of the rarer MBTI personality types. Their abilities at work usually include analytical thinking, logic and accuracy, and natural problem solving. Because of this, some great careers for INTJs include:
The INFP is known as the “Mediator” of the MBTI personality types. They like working independently, but they are great at problem solving—from analyzing, processing, and solutioning—for groups.
An INFP career for this personality type may include:
Like INTJs, INFJs are one of the rarer personality types, making up just 1-3% of the population. They are known to be creative, strong-willed, empathetic, and sensitive individuals who are passionate about making the world a better place. Some careers for INFJs could be:
- Graphic Designer
ISTP are known as the “Crafters.” They usually are independent thinkers who love tinkering with and understanding complex systems.
Some of the best careers for ISTPs are:
- Engineering (Civil, Electrical, Mechanical, etc.)
- Financial Manager
- Software Developer
Known for their desire to work with logic and facts, ISTJs typically prefer careers that involve planning, analyzing, and a sense of control. These include:
- Financial Analyst
- Medical professions (doctor, nurse, etc.)
- Agricultural Technician
- Chemical Engineer
Creativity, empathy, and flexibility define an ISFP, according to the MBTI. ISFP careers are headlined by:
- Graphic Designer
- Interior Designer
- Physical Therapist
- Social Worker
ISFJs are known as the “Defenders” on the MBTI. They usually prefer careers where accuracy and attention to detail are core parts of the job. These can include:
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