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What strengths do ENTJs bring to their work?

ENTJs are drawn to leadership positions that allow them to develop strategies to achieve greater efficiency and productivity. They prefer to be in management or supervisory roles, and want the ability to initiate and lead organizational change.

ENTJs enjoy the challenge of solving difficult problems, and enjoy understanding complex systems so that they can determine where improvement is possible. ENTJs naturally see opportunities to improve systems, and want to lead teams to carry out their vision. They appreciate an environment where innovation is encouraged, and where traditions are not held sacred.

ENTJs want structure in their work. They prefer that their work and that of their colleagues be evaluated based on a set of clear guidelines. They appreciate an environment that is businesslike and fair, where performance is evaluated objectively and rewarded generously. ENTJs are typically motivated and hardworking, and want to be recognized for their efforts with money, power, and prestige.

An ideal organization for an ENTJ values competence and logical thinking, and includes coworkers who are intelligent and ambitious. An ideal job for an ENTJ is one that challenges them to address complex problems with strategic planning and clear goal-setting.

ENTJ career facts

What are some good careers for an ENTJ?

Top careers for the ENTJ include:

Business and Financial
Sales
Architecture and Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineer
  • Agricultural Engineer
  • Architect
  • Biomedical Engineer
  • Chemical Engineer
  • Civil Engineer
  • Computer Hardware Engineer
  • Drafter
  • Electrical or Electronics Engineer
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Health and Safety Engineer
  • Industrial Engineer
  • Landscape Architect
  • Materials Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Mining or Geological Engineer
  • Nuclear Engineer
  • Petroleum Engineer
  • Surveyor
Life, Physical, and Social Science
Arts, Design, and Language
Healthcare
Computer and Information Technology
Construction and Production
Protective Services
Legal
  • Judge or Hearing Officer
  • Lawyer

How can an ENTJ find the right career?

ENTJs, like all personality types, are most satisfied and successful when they choose a career that takes advantage of their natural strengths, talents, and interests. If you're searching for the right career, check out the Career Personality Profiler test, which provides a complete assessment of your personality, interests, and aptitude.

What careers should the ENTJ avoid?

It is important to note that any personality type can be successful in any occupation. However, some occupations are well suited to the natural talents and preferred work style of the ENTJ, while other occupations demand modes of thinking and behavior that do not come as naturally to the ENTJ. Occupations that require the ENTJ to operate outside their natural preferences may prove stressful or draining, and often sound unappealing to ENTJs who are choosing a career.

The following occupations have been found to be unpopular among ENTJs, based on data gathered from surveys of the general population.

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Kel (not verified) says...

This is so correct. Gosh I am amazed. I came in very skeptical but went out more convinced.

Guest (not verified) says...

This test was very interesting. The results are accurate!

Guest (not verified) says...

extremely accurate

Jeam (not verified) says...

Most interesting - but I always knew it! Many thanks

E. Jackson Hodges says...

Ok...you got me, to the T!

Guest (not verified) says...

Wow....this is me.

Guest (not verified) says...

ENTJ, all the way. Such a fantastic test- I took this test as part of my college course,in my early twenties and couldn't see the fuss about the results.10 years later, it brings the truth home and how!!! Great site.

Guest (not verified) says...

I bet my kids and coworkers wrote up this description of my personality. It's been particularly hard to be a woman with this personality type. I'm sure over the years, plenty of people have called me a 5-letter word behind my back, while men with this personality type are applauded as having integrity, intelligence, and leadership. But I have finally come to a place where my traits are useful, and since I work with quite a few men who are either INTJ or ENTJ, I am appreciated.

Guest (not verified) says...

I am also an ENTJ, but I don't feel appreciated. What profession did you choose that made you feel so appreciated?

Kalan (not verified) says...

I've found anything with exposure to people to be very rewarding. A sales atmosphere is particularly beneficial because of the competitiveness and ability to make good money without a degree.

Victor P (not verified) says...

I am actually surprised at my result! It does sound a but like me, but I do believe in a higher spiritual power to the utmost. It seems to me this is my role in the workplace more then anything, but still decently accurate! I love cars and racing and sometime in the near future hope to make a career out of it, so add that to the list of careers they ETNJ can do!

Guest (not verified) says...

estp.

Guest (not verified) says...

ESTP

Guest (not verified) says...

really cool to find out some things that i suspected all along lol!

Guest (not verified) says...

Wow...as an ENTJ female in the workplace, the profile of a typical ENTJ sounds so much like me that it leaves me speechless. If I can just figure out to how to work with an ISTJ boss, life would be even more grand than it already is! ...my boss has made it pretty clear that he doesn't like having me as a subordinate, but oh well. He won't be my boss forever. As I recently thought to myself when he was being a jerk, "I won't let his behavior tear me down because the way I see it, as long as I maintain my professionalism and a cool-head, this is an opportunity to demonstrate resilience in the face of adversity, which be a bonus for me in the long run."

Guest (not verified) says...

I know what it's like to work with an ISTJ superior. I go back and forth between "It's so perfect -- we're on task and getting things done" and "Huh????"

Someone New (not verified) says...

I recently had to part ways with a business partner who was probably ISTJ, although it's possible he was an ISFJ.

My other partners, people who I work very closely with, are both NTs and that works out much better.

Like the other commenter says, there are these "huh?" moments. The feeling I get during these moments is that I'm using that person like a tool, and I much prefer to surround myself with genius NTs with whom I can have a genuine working connection.

I enjoy NT banter and I enjoy irreverence at times, when it's fun and opening up the creative flow of things.

Guest (not verified) says...

Yep! NT and NF types, I connect the best to. Being a female ENTJ is pretty awesome; however, since sexism both internalized and explcit and coming from both sexes, ENTJ women are perceived more negatively than male ENTJs. For example, an ENTJ man may be called "fearless, opinionated leader", whereas the same traits in a woman would get her a "bossy, know-it-all bitch". Sexist? Yes! Fair? Hell no. But that is a current reality, which I think is changing as society evolves to recognize sexism and how it harms everyone.

NT banter is the best :) But then because I engage in it, I'm know as loud and inapprrpoate . . . for a women. Lacking in decorum,for a women, but perfectly acceptable if you're a man. WTF?!

Guest (not verified) says...

Have to watch out too. I am a woman ENTJ sub-ordinate, and my boss knows that he had to rid off me before I can move on my own.

Ryo (not verified) says...

this is great, My goal is simple, life to the max! Doesn't need anyone to tell you why.

guest (not verified) says...

Spot ON!
My goal is Simple! live a maximum life!

Guest (not verified) says...

Well, 99.9% acruate! I'm a typical ENTJ gril. I'm extremely excited about the results. I'll definitely make the best of it.

Guest (not verified) says...

While I was reading it it didn't sound like me. But now I can see me in the writing.

KAT (not verified) says...

definitely me, without a doubt

Liza (not verified) says...

On point!

Guest (not verified) says...

I have taken this test and many others and have been labeled as an ENTJ every time. I completely agree with that classification.

Maja (not verified) says...

Yes this test is accurate. As a woman I feel sad that there are so few of us around only 1.8% of the population. And even less women than men. But that also makes me feel a bit special...in a very good way :-)

Ron (not verified) says...

This makes me appreciate the idiomatic expression "A leopard can't change its spots." Through the years, been answering questionnaires and I am constantly assessed as ENTJ. The description depicts my general traits. However, my own awareness of my traits allow me to behave suitably and more effectively under various situations.

Guest (not verified) says...

Sorry to be that person, but how can an airline pilot be one of the most popular jobs and one of the most unpopular jobs for a ENTJ at the same time?

Guest (not verified) says...

Hahaha... SO true. I realized that right away also. True ENTJ's, you and I, I would say. Obviously the persons who wrote this up and proof read it are not. ;-)

Guest (not verified) says...

Very unique traits tend to outline a unique life. Seeing it written reminds me why we are all so different. Can you imagine a world with 70% ENTJ's.

Guest (not verified) says...

Way more accurate than I would have expected, It got me dead on.

Guest (not verified) says...

Females represent! 1% of the population is kind of sad but it just proves that we are unique and awesome and we don't follow, we lead.

larryalan63 says...

Good to know. . . lead the way.

Guest (not verified) says...

Female ENTJs, the 1%.
Do you ladies find it easy to find compatable female friends?

Guest (not verified) says...

Not at all. It helped me understand why I was always called a b***h. I am not, I just get more done than you.

Guest (not verified) says...

The only female friend I can have are ENTPs (not so many) and 1 ENFJ ( I love talking to her, because she is very smart and helps me to broaden my perspective and judgment).
But in general, it is impossible for me to have female friends, and even friends in general. Everybody is disappointing me, or boring me. I hate small talk, and people always say that "I am thinking too much".!
A type I really like to be around is ESTP, I find them very down to earth and funny in a smart way.
My partner is an ISTP, what I LOVE about him is that he is a great achiever and very ingenious, it helps me a lot in developing my theories by a very rational/earthy approach. However it is very difficult for us to have a smooth relationship as he hates commitment, and I need to have a plan in my life....
So very funny, but difficult!

Guest (not verified) says...

I'm a female ENFJ and my girlfriend is an ENTJ. I am kind of a no-nonesense ENFJ, I am highly objective and intellectually disciplined but still VERY in tune with others' feelings. This means I have fewer close women friends than men because I prefer honest, objective conversation and dislike excessive emoting at the expense of reason. My ENTJ girlfriend and I get along swimmingly for this reason but we argue sometimes over what I feel is her being overly critical. I can see differences and accept people, she sees them and labels people, like they're all just stupid or incompetent... it's hard to get her to broaden her perspective though, she's kinda stubborn lol... still a better relationship than with most women I'm friends with :) I do think her life is kind of lonely outside of me though... I'm trying to encourage her to make some more friends.

Guest (not verified) says...

I can up a tie between ENFJ and ENTJ. I see myself in both of them, but it is strange. It seems as though up till now I have been an ENTJ all the way. But recently I have been shifting a little bit more towards the feeling side. While reading the description of the ENTJ I winced a couple times, as now that I think about it, in the past this has been me to the letter. I don't want to offend anyone, but to be honest, I don't want the life of an ENTJ. The life of an ENFJ seems like the life I want. Now, I am 14, so it might just be that right now my personality is changing from ENTJ to ENFJ, but I really feel as though whenever I think of myself in the future, I see myself as an ENFJ, and whenever I think of my past, I see myself as an ENTJ. No offence, but right now, the future of ENTJ sounds scary, way too lonely. As the life of the lonely bigshots that give all the calls, a life in the which one slip up can lead to a disastrous fall.

PS. I am 100% Christian. I believe in God with all my heart.

Guest (not verified) says...

I relate to all of this. I am a 24-year-old female who loves The Lord. I used to test as an ENFJ but am now a solid ENTJ. But take heart! I am married to an ISTJ and am very thankful for how my personality type has played out in our relationship. Friendships have been hard for me but as I learn how to respond and adjust to the "Feelers" and "Sensers" of the world it gets easier to build relationships. Don't worry about a life of loneliness - keep growing in your relationship with Jesus and He will soften your heart toward your own emotions and others'!

Guest (not verified) says...

No offense taken. I tried the line between ENTP & ENTJ so how I come across is different based on the situation(like home v work). But I wouldn't give it up for 'feeling' anyways. I may appear intolerant or emotionally slow sometimes but if I need to go it alone I know I won't be taken advantage of or if I rely on a team, they counter for my weakness with their strengths or work with me.

ENTJ Christian SAHM (not verified) says...

I am an ENTJ Christian, stay at home of four kids, homeschooler, and in a sweet ad loving marriage with an 'Inspector'. We're a great match. He is so faithful and dutyful and I am ambitious and energetic. We are in leadership at church, strive to be an encouragement to others and teach our kids about being faithful and diligent in their lives to the glory of God. After reading that ENTJ's were unlikly to believe in a higher power I just had to resolve that God is faithful and he can draw anyone to himself. Nothing is impossible for Him. I have always been strong willed and that hasn't changed but now my will to follow God and raise our kids in the nurture and admonition of The Lord is where I put my time and energy. Best job ever!

Karen P (not verified) says...

I am an ENTJ woman married to an Inspector too! We homeschooled when our kids were older. I was in Law Enforcement for 6 years in my younger days. And I totally love Jesus! Nothing is impossible for God and I just wanted to affirm what you posted! Good for you for making the raising of your children and their education a top priority! I now work coordinating Continuing Education at a technology center and I can put my ENTJ skills to work and be an influence for Christ in the workplace. God bless you and your family!

Chrissy Root (not verified) says...

Reading this has been super encouraging for me! Thank you!

God Bless!

gordanford says...

I am the same combination and it is rewarding. I think what this means is that we have the natural leadership attributes of a ENTJ but our faith in God tempers the harder edges of it. I think it is a great combination as I am a pastor and director of a charter school. Use your ENTJ gifts and talents for God and let Him guide the feeling side of yourself. A ENTJ is a unique person, but we ENT(F)J's are the rarest an most special of all. God needs us to lead in this dying world!!

Cheryl Tigner (not verified) says...

I too am 100 per cent Christian and love the Lord with all my heart. Unlike the majority I have a lot of people who enjoy being my friend. I believe that is a choice, it's like saying you don't have control over being rude to people. I am totally ENTJ however I like things done am a born leader, have always been able to find help at whatever goal I set. However I can appear to be unfeeling at times or to blunt I don't do it to be mean I just don't like to waste time because God is coming back and there is not time for people to be insecure. However I am loved and respected in that I am normally correct on what I do or discuss because I don't waste my time speaking or discussing things I don't know about.

Don't feel bad about it just manage it and ask God to help you manage it. It can work out great for His Glory remember He made You!!! He does not make mistakes. Hope that helped.

Jane Josefson (not verified) says...

It's tough being 14 today -- a lot harder than it was 20-30 years ago.

But don't label yourself with four little letters. You will 'change'(despite the generally assumed 'It takes a traumatic experience' to change types. Consider all the 'roles' you will play in life!

I tested out twice as an INTJ because courses in science, math, and later accounting/business encouraged me in that direction -- as did the proactive, individual efforts required early in my career. Later, I my company provided a lot of instruction in how to build and maintain relationships with my co-workers -- beyond task talk, learning the lesson that success depends as much if not more what other people know -- because you can't know it all, you need to work in teams rather than the LONE WOLF MODE, and you're always learning -- and I tested out as an ENTJ.

And now -- I'm changing again.

Also - you will be different in different situations -- family, friends, jobs, and organizations you belong to require different approaches -- so don't get stuck in a self-imposed rut, just because it gives you 'the warm fuzzies'! Biblical references Mordecai to Ester: 4:14(part 2)'And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?'

You never know what God has in store for you -- in this life or the next!

In Christ --

marriagecoach1 (not verified) says...

I have known this about myself for a long time and have been working on the negative aspects of this personality type so as not to be offensive

Guest (not verified) says...

Definitely 100% me - ENTJ woman.

Guest (not verified) says...

This is so accurate
Thankyou

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