3 Hot Careers for INTJs

Clinically Reviewed by Steven Melendy, PsyD. on November 23, 2010

As analytical problem solvers, INTJs strive to understand and improve complex systems. They're achievement-oriented people for whom there's no such thing as too much knowledge. Though INTJs excel at abstract thinking, they love the challenge of putting their solutions to work in reality. They're perfectionists and highly attuned to detail. They value logic, order, and efficiency. If you're an INTJ, you're fortunate: three hot careers for INTJs made CNN Money's list of the best jobs in America.

Database Administrator

INTJs who excel at logical thinking might consider a career as a database administrator. Thanks to the sheer volume of data generated by e-commerce, the demand for database administrators is growing by leaps and bounds. Database administrators are responsible for managing an organization's vital information. They use database software to analyze user needs and determine the most efficient way to store and organize data. imageTo become a database administrator, you'll need to earn a Bachelor's degree in information technology, database administration, or applied computer science. Consider getting certified in specific database software (for example, SQL Server, Oracle, or Sybase).

Biomedical Engineer

A career as a biomedical engineer is a great fit for INTJs who are skilled in drawing on talents from widely-varied fields to accomplish their goals. Biomedical engineers combine engineering talent with biological and medical knowledge in order to develop devices and procedures that solve health-related problems. Some biomedical engineers design prostheses and artificial organs; others design imaging systems and microscopic instrumentation. If you're interested in a career as a biomedical engineer, you'll first want to earn a Bachelor's degree in electrical, chemical or mechanical engineering. Your job prospects would then be greatly enhanced by a Master's degree in biomedical engineering.

Certified Public Accountant

Detail-oriented INTJs should look into a career as a certified public accountant. CPAs can find employment in many venues, whether in business, in government, or self-employment. Some CPAs work with individuals and businesses to ensure that their taxes are prepared correctly and on time. Other CPAs audit companies' financial statements. Still others advise organizations about efficient technological means of bookkeeping. To pursue a career as a CPA, you must fulfill the requirements of the Board of Accountancy in your state. A Bachelor's degree, preferably in accounting, is a must, and a Master's degree is beneficial. You'll also need to pass the Uniform CPA Examination administered by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).

Hot careers for INTJs are those that utilize the Mastermind's well-honed abilities to process knowledge logically, then apply it to the development of effective solutions. Such skills are needed more and more in our complex modern world.


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About the Clinical Reviewer

Steven Melendy, PsyD., is a Clinical Psychologist who received his doctorate from The Wright Institute in Berkeley, California. He specializes in using evidence-based approaches in his work with individuals and groups. Steve has worked with diverse populations and in variety of a settings, from community clinics to SF General Hospital. He believes strongly in the importance of self-care, good friendships, and humor whenever possible.


Brenda (not verified) says...

I thought the feedback on this website superior to the other sites that offer free MB tests as it touched on relationships & parenting as well as possible careers. Wish I had this info when I was 20!

Benjamin.Beck425 says...

I'm all about achievement. I love computers.A good day for me is, when I work effectively, mastering a task and getting positive results. I spend time training when between jobs. During that training I strive to efficient, proficient and competent.

All about accomplishing goals!

Moon (not verified) says...

I love machines and anything related to Engineering.. I would prefer to get a degree in ME first.. And now I know, this field is perfect for me :)

stephen.d.ray says...

Broken link at the beginning of the last paragraph: "careers for INTJs"

Guest (not verified) says...

What about INTJ's who are not good at math or science? I think we kind of get ignored in these career recommendations. I like working independently and really enjoy complex theories, but I don't like numbers. That being said, academia on the humanities side has been really frustrating for me because it always feels like we don't get to DO or make anything with all the theories - except write papers that no one will read.

Guest (not verified) says...

I agree with you. I am an INTJ who never was interested in being a engineer or mathematician, but those are the careers that are most talked about for INFJ's. Right now in college I am majoring in International Affairs and maybe doing a second major in Accounting but Hopefully accounting doesn't use hard math, because I am not good at it at all.

Liam Carter says...

Hey I'm a senior in high school applying for college soon.  I'm planning on majoring in International Relations/Affairs and I'm an INTJ too.  What field are you planning on going into or what are you doing now?


Guest (not verified) says...

Couldn't agree more with you.

Guest (not verified) says...

My dream is actually being some sort of Investigator/Detective. For the thrill of reading people, solving puzzles that is the case, and outsmarting and beating criminals. But to get there one must have practical experience as a patrol officer and although I would enjoy some aspects of the job, I may not agree with everything I have to do. But that is not stopping me from working towards my goal.

MartinC (not verified) says...

Hi I found out 6 months ago that I'm a INTJ in balance. I have worked happily for the last 20 years as a film and tv-drama producer succesfully. If this helps anyone?! Martin

pbpfeiff says...


Thank you for your post. I am also an INTJ, and I'm especially interested working in the film industry. I am equally creative as introverted, which I'm beginning to learn is not going to make for finding a "perfect" career niche easy--or at least, a career in today's marketplace that is satisfying. If you read this, I'd love to chat with you--I feel very few people understand the INTJ's, and the internal struggles we deal with on day to day basis in an extroverted society. I'd be very interested to hear how you're handling all this, especially after reading that you've worked happily in film and tv as a producer. I appreciate your time!


JamesF (not verified) says...

Hi Patrick


I am also an INTJ interested in pursuing a career in film. Would be great to chat!

MarieR. (not verified) says...

Like someone mentioned before, I am not into numbers and I would like humanities to be more than "just paper no one will read" but I love that idea of investigator/detective. I agree with being great at reading people, especially the micro-expressions to find if they are lying or not. Solving puzzles and outsmarting criminals sounds awesome. But also what the other comment mentioned: film/tv drama Producer perfect as well! Cause that explains my interest in detective and sci-fi tv.

Patrick Harvill (not verified) says...

CPA?  No way.  We are intuitive, big picture people.  Accounting concepts we grasp readily, as well as their flaws.  Grinding through endless figures is Hell to us.  He'll. Independently wealthy stupendously successful investor, yes.  CPA, no.

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