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What strengths do INTJs bring to their work?

At work, the INTJ excels at creating and implementing innovative solutions to analytical problems. They naturally see possibilities for improvement within complex systems and are organized and determined in implementing their ideas for change.

INTJs are comfortable with abstraction and theory but gain the most satisfaction from turning their ideas into reality. They often enjoy working independently or with a small team, taking measured, strategic steps to implement change.

INTJs enjoy working with logical systems that they can understand in depth. They enjoy the challenge of comprehending complex ideas, and want to understand how they can improve the way things work.

The ideal work environment for an INTJ is logical, efficient, structured, and analytical, with colleagues that are competent, intelligent, and productive. The ideal job for a Mastermind allows them to use their analytical skills to problem-solve in a challenging environment, and to take responsibility for implementing their ideas to create efficient, innovative systems.

INTJ career facts

What are some good careers for an INTJ?

Top careers for the INTJ include:

Business and Financial
Math
Architecture and Engineering
Sciences
Arts, Design, and Communications
Healthcare
Education
Computers and Information Technology
Construction
Legal
Protective Service

How can an INTJ find the right career?

INTJs, 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 INTJ 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 INTJ, while other occupations demand modes of thinking and behavior that do not come as naturally to this type. Occupations that require the Mastermind to operate outside their natural preferences may prove stressful or draining, and often sound unappealing to INTJs who are choosing a career.

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

  • Teacher's Aide
  • Preschool Teacher
  • Home Health Aide
  • Production Worker
  • Advertising Sales Agent

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Pikachu Taliban (not verified) says...

I wouldn't say a bit, maybe entirely so is more suitable.

As an INTJ myself I have to scrutinize your post. It's a trait. Almost an urge, no impulse or maybe instinct.

Only because you can't command. And why would you assume that your on top when evidence suggests the other?

Yeah I know, bitchin right. It's paradoxical. I'd also like to share a recent quote that's stuck in my mind. "there are two types of people in this world. Those who believe there are two types and those that don't"

(Anonymous) (not verified) says...

Oh my goodness, it's like you're speaking my mind.

I let every single person in the room speak first, I wait until someone asks for my thoughts or I'm sure that I'm sure that I'm absolutely and most certainly saying the most sensible thing in the room.

Often times I wonder if its odd, or wrong even to express my thoughts in a group... Mostly I get the 'oh here comes boss lady' look from people in the room. Some people who love to conform to norms, end up finding divisive ways to hit back at me because I think differently. I'm good with it though coz we're all different. I know they will go about it the wrong way and get back to the drawing board and eventually listen to reason (or best yet, chicken out)... A disappointing waste of time, but yes mistakes are good teachers and we all make them.

Ennoia (not verified) says...

I swear i read this and all the way through i was grinning ridiculously - it's as if you are me. Everything, even the way in which you ramble,my God, you are me.

Guest (not verified) says...

why did you write up your life story

Guest (not verified) says...

Why do you ask?

Felixtricks (not verified) says...

Explain your idea of net life force. Please.

SHAYES (not verified) says...

I literally cried when reading this. This was the most beautiful thing I have ever read.

Guest INTJ (not verified) says...

Interesting thoughts. If I can expound; personalities can be edited to a degree.  For instance, my earliest personality quizzes placed me as an introvert, but I've developed my extroversion capabilities to the point that quizzes are no longer can consistently place me in one group or another.  I still feel as though I'm an introvert, but I must also acknowledge that my personality is now also competently social. Myers Brigg presents percentages of each quality, (exe 51% introvert, 49% extrovert)... When I took the Myers Brigg earlier in my life my percentages were broader, now they are all within a few points of the middle because I chose to work on balancing my personality. I think with conciousness and the desire we can all change, but people seldom have either (for better or worse).

Rob in Cincinnati (not verified) says...

Thank you for this comment. I too have experienced something close to the same thing. However, may I suggest that you give the HEXACO personality inventory - revised a try. For me, it revealed that certain aspects of socialability are still very weak, while other aspects of extroversion have become stronger as I have worked on them (just as you have noticed with your Myers-Briggs Type Indicator scores). The HEXACO test is free and they provide you with a great breakdown of the results in .pdf format. You will need to buy a short book, "The H Factor of Personality" ($6-8 on Amazon) to help you interpret results, but I think it is well worth it. Here is the URL for the test: http://hexaco.org/hexaco-online. As you mentioned, earlier results of the MBTI pegged me as Introverted - but instead of a low score, my perception was that I am now closer to the 50% mean. My HEXACO PI-R revealed, however, that I am still quite a bit lower than the mean (my score was 2.81 for eXtraversion and the mean is 3.5. Of the four subcategories of eXtraversion (Social Self-Esteem, Social Boldness, Socialability, and Liveliness), only Liveliness was close to the mean. However, I was well below the 50% mean in all three of the other subcategories; and my Socialibility score of 2.25 is in the bottom 10% for all people taking the test where 3.63 was the mean. This insight made me rethink my perceptions of a higher Introversion to Extroversion score for the MBTI. I am squarely in the Introversion side of the scale obviously. My take away has been to conclude that personality traits are harder to change than most of us realize. We are who we are and can learn most after we accept it.

Lindab (not verified) says...

Unbelievably brilliant. Thankyou!

Kris Chamblee (not verified) says...

Until now I was sure the only long winded INTJs were myself with lack of sleep and the apostle Paul. Try sleeping for more than 2 hours a night, you will find it easier to condense words. Keep in touch, find me on Facebook. I intend to pick your brain on a theory.

Guest (not verified) says...

It's scary accurate and since I value privacy, I was scared for anyone to read it. I very rarely share this with anyone.

Guest (not verified) says...

I'm tremendously private and have contemplated how to delete my previous comment, after i posted it. Good thing I posted it anonymously... Evidently, I don't think through everything; guess I'll have to take the MBTI test again... (joke)

Tiana Battistessa (not verified) says...

me to

INTJ person (not verified) says...

I am also an INTJ. This completely describes me as I am very independent.

Guest (not verified) says...

An INTJ would never say that !

Guest (not verified) says...

Yeah me too!!

Guest (not verified) says...

I'm in the IT industry which may really be good for some INTJs who are looking for a direction; IT people understand the INTJ and there are many different types of positions. INTJ describes me to a tee as well. I take pride in being able to make the most complex into something completely understandable. I don't see concepts as black and white, but always look at many aspects of a concept, if that makes sense. I'm very decisive and am almost always ready for decisions. I love to finish things and, above all, finish things well and strategically. I don't have patience for simplistic ways of thought and am always surprised when people are that way. From this Truity description I see though why I have to continuously work on communicating clearly and I have been doing so for a long time, which has paid off. Unlike some INTJs, I work best alone and with focus, but I need to connect to people regularly. But it may be that I am becoming more outward as I get older, since true introversion can be contrary to success. When they say that INTJs will question the existence of a higher power, I don't believe that is accurate. There are so many complexities to religion, that saying we don't believe is in and of itself against the way an INTJ thinks.

Guest (not verified) says...

Yeah, I don't understand how one could possibly outlaw the existence of a higher power as a true INTJ.

Guest (not verified) says...

Me neither, since they want to understand what's behind the curtain.

Guest (not verified) says...

I am a female INTJ. I've seen behind the curtain. The news is good.

PaulNog (not verified) says...

One's first response to that white lie totally reveals whether or not you are wont to believe.

Guest (not verified) says...

I agree with your last statement about religion, and I think the reason that most of us "don't" believe in it is just because it seems silly in a way, to someone who is so reliant on what they have experienced. I also think that anyone who just sits down and thinks about it seriously, it will become obvious to them that there is a God. One of the easiest ways for me to do this is by first arguing for it, assuming that it is true, and then arguing against it, assuming it is false, when I do this I feel like I understand the topic allot better than if I just debate it with another person.

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Guest (not verified) says...

I love that you debate with yourself in your head. I do too. I also play chess in my head - both sides.

Guest (not verified) says...

Well said. As INTJs we are prone to consecrating the patterns we pick up on. As deep as we look into the inner workings of human behavior, we can still be embarrassingly wrong. Taking the measure of a man, evaluating the merit of a project or sizing up a situation is our stock and trade. However, communicating our beliefs is a fundamental shortcoming of our Type. We're introverted people. Others are alien to us. Or we're alien to them. The impressions we collect at first glance, can slowly take on a different form as we mature. It should be easy for an INTJ to comprehend and respect that the universe didn't evolve everything from a point the size of a period.

Guest (not verified) says...

I think it is true that an INTJ wouldn't outlaw the possibility of a higher power, but as people who question established systems- like religion- and value independence I can't really see an INTJ following blindly either. I think an INTJ would have to come to their own understanding and rationale of the concept of a higher power, and perhaps that rejects traditional understanding. I personally don't believe in a higher power, but I like to think I'm relatively open minded to the fact that one could exist outside of my understanding. I guess I just think that we're never really going to know, and for me that's okay.

Another INTJ (not verified) says...

I'm an INTJ and I neither believe nor disbelieve - I'm agnostic, can't make up my mind.

Not sure if it's classic INTJ or not, but I find I have issues believing anything definitively - sometimes I feel I am TOO open minded and TOO analytical, TOO logical. I also have a real problem with people saying things like they're for sure when they don't know that.

Guest (not verified) says...

An agnostic is an atheist without balls.

Guest (not verified) says...

Testicles don't really have anything to do with it, it's a super positional belief that simply says the evidence is lacking to conclusively declare a belief or disbelief in the supernatural. I'm perfectly content realizing there are some questions which we may never know the answers to. I'd rather not dwell on it and move on to the next question that actually has relevance to me.

Emerald INTJ (not verified) says...

Nearly everyone, regardless of their chosen spiritual label (Christian, atheist, agnostic, etc.), does have a working hypothesis on this issue. Are you living your life as if a wrathful sky daddy is constantly scoring your actions and thoughts to determine your eternal postmortem destination? If not, you are not a believer, are you? If you thought there was even a 10% chance that you have a soul that will be judged and possibly condemned, nothing would be more "relevant" than knowing you're on the good list. Admit it, you have decided. We should always be alert & open to evidence contradicting any of our beliefs, but I think we should be honest, and brave, enough to own where we are now.

Guest (not verified) says...

And if that spot where you are is undecided, then that is where you shall claim to be. If I do not have decent evidence going one way or the other, then I refrain from making my decision. Doing otherwise accomplishes nothing and is untrue.

Also, while many religions do use a form of scoring for good and bad deeds, the one who's god is typically thought of as a "sky daddy" does not. While believers of that religion would still strive to be good, it's simply for the belief that it's the right way to live. The matter of Heaven and Hell would already be considered a done deal.

MetaKnight (not verified) says...

There is no wrathful sky daddy constantly scoring our actions and thoughts to determine our eternal postmortem destruction, you made all that up to feed your ego. You should also know not everyone thinks like you, deal with it.

somebody (not verified) says...

One who does not fully understand the spiritual aspect of religion should not pose definitive and boastful loaded questions insinuating otherwise, flaunting their atheistic bias, as it reveals a true ignorance of the topic to those in the know. Your confidence in non-existance is displayed across your shallow cutting words, and your attempts towards humourous catch-phrasing, mundane and screaming for attention. Read, learn, experience, analyze, and understand before you blanket-summarize a subject of the depth of religion through disrespectfully formed words, or perhaps retake the type test as you're probably not an INTJ....and your flagrant, loose hypothesis-laiden verbiage of non-existance is base and antagonistic.

Guest (not verified) says...

I feel the same.

MetaKnight (not verified) says...

Your elitism/bias is showing.

guest9090 (not verified) says...

I have not decided on the issue of God's existence still researching but I do agree you can be spiritual and a INTJ. My main issue with the idea of God is that he would create a complex universe yet seems to focus onlt humans and has temper tantrums when we do not recolonize his might according to bible. So if there is God I am not sure it would be like any god that any current religions depict of course I could be wrong hence the reason I am still researching the topic.

Guest (not verified) says...

You should look into the book called "Mere Christianity" by C.S. Lewis. He is an intelligent man and originally was atheist. In his mission to disprove religion he became religious and has written numerous books. The content of the book is worth while and cleared the questions I had.

Guest (not verified) says...

Your experience exactly mirrors mine! C.S. Lewis was enormously helpful to me I. My spiritual quest.

Guest (not verified) says...

It's great to see some C.S. Lewis inspiration here in the INTJ corner. I suspect he was an INTJ, or close to it, as his reasoning behind religion appeals to our logic especially. 'Mere Christianity' is definitely a must-read for anyone who wants to see the bigger picture.

Guest (not verified) says...

If you read mere christianity carefully, you have to start with an assumtion to follow any of his logic.
it would of been more convincing if he were more t and less f.

JANIS GABBERT (not verified) says...

Not sure who you are referring to, God or Jesus or both? Of course, God and Jesus both have perfect T and also perfect F. I am a female INTJ age 66. My spiritual search was intense in the 1970s. I was raised Methodist but in 1970 I had a spiritual experience that left me desperate to learn the Truth. In 1981 I became a lawyer and also found a true Guru who taught me the Science of Religion. I have been loyal to my guru ever since, and blessed to be able to help other Truth seekers. For those who seek a deeper understanding of Jesus Christ, I recommend the teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda and Self Realization Fellowship. THE YOGA OF JESUS is a good introduction to the "logic" of the Bible. The Bible cannot be understood with logic alone. Intuition born of meditation is also needed. For more information browse www.yogananda-srf.org or visit Lake Shrine in Pacific Palisades, CA.

Twiggy (not verified) says...

The bible contains a logic that is satisfying and factual, in fact when we use the bible to interpret itself it produces the truth with the most clarity. Some might conclude and make a statement that God throws temper tantrums.. but wouldn't this be a statement based on putting him in a category of a temperamental human who lacks control rather than a person who has the ultimate right to decide? He always clearly outlines his expectations of people's behaviors give ample warning or blessing and even lovingly pleads at times with people that by following his way it would ultimately work out for the best. I read a lot of things on INTJ where people similarly categorize us into a stereotype of friendless loners who think everyone is inferior couldn't care less and ultimately unfashionable. .oh unless it a well thought out classic. . But in reality we are not all that way..I'm just saying that before blanket steroleotype is made..even while on search for truth, isn't an open mind without bias the test that produces the best results..especially with ultimate truths which end up being super fact based in the end. (:

RNAV (not verified) says...

A better way to look at it as God as the parent, and we are the temperamental children trying to get our way and test limits, and on occasion, get spanked.

A couple of things to consider, the bible is not a scientific paper, but a spiritual guide for you to come to know God, and develop a relationship. The bible has never been refuted by archeological evidence, only supported.

In any man derived system to explain creation, you are always left with the creation of the device. The evidence supports a big bang. What was before that and what caused that? One answer is God, another is an oscillating system of expansion and contraction, but then who or what set up that system. Multi-verse, a system generating new universes (creation), but who created that system.

Some atheist proposition claim it was aliens that seeded the Earth, which is easier to believe, aliens seeded planets, (which raises the question of who created them) or a deity that created everything.

Another proposition, the estimated time it would take to randomly code the human genome to produce a functioning human is longer than the known existence of the universe. So a process other than random chance took place. Doesn't leave just a God answer, but tends to support one. Intelligent design, now for the matter of the process of design.....

Guest (not verified) says...

I am an INTJ female and I would consider myself spiritual. Like many INTJ's who went to church growing up, I started questioning it at a young age and picking apart all the aspects that didn't make sense to me (I remember doing this when I was 10 or so). However I never stopped going as a teenager as some probably did, mainly because I had a strong group of friends there and in a way it was my 'escape' from the more drama-ridden "friendships" I experienced at school or in other extra-curricular settings. Everyone needs a place to wind down right? Anyway, as an adult I am not a regular church-goer, but I justify my continuing spirituality on the basis that the atheist system of thought has never wholly made logical sense to me either. I feel more intuitively attached to spirituality, and I don't find it "less" logical than atheism from what I've seen. I never went in the direction of formally studying sciences, but science has always fascinated me and really, the more I learn about science the more it seems to "prove" the truth in religion to me rather than disprove it. However I also believe it's not something that can be entirely proven either way.

One argument I have heard from atheists is that if religion were "real", every society would have come up with the same one. My answer to this is that the divine exists beyond human understanding--we feel something intuitively that we can't really understand. The existence of many different religions isn't proof that they're all nonsense; rather it is proof that every society is trying, in its own way, to understand the same basic underlying truths that in fact can't be fully understood. Perhaps if these truth were simple and easily understood, all religions in all cultures would be the same. However because these truths are complex, each religion is able to capture only a small part of them, and of course each religion ends up corrupting and perverting them in its own way due to human folly.

Reply (not verified) says...

I found an interesting youtube video in which the presenter stated that the INTJ sets such a high ideal in their concept of relationship that they are likely to seek a connection with a mystical force or cosmic power, to paraphrase a little. I believe that to be true, and I believe that it is likely also to be true of the EN as well, from what I have read of them. The video was on the subject of INTJ functions which are hidden from the INTJ, not the primary or secondary functions..

Guest (not verified) says...

I've been looking for some credible statistics to back up your statement, "the estimated time it would take to randomly code the human genome to produce a functioning human is longer than the known existence of the universe. So a process other than random chance took place. " I know I have read or heard a similar statemtn somewhere, but hesitate to repeat such a bold statement without an article or two to site as reference. Any chance you could spot me one?!

Emerald INTJ (not verified) says...

Whoa! The bible is logical & factual?? Seriously? Start with the 2 different creation stories in the first book where god makes the earth, complete with grass and living creatures, before he makes the sun, and zoom on through to the Noah's ark story in which god commits the largest act of genocide ever then repopulates the earth via incest. Are you satisfied yet? My father was a minister so I grew up believing this crap - reasoned my way out of that then went through a new age Chopra phase still in search of something hopeful and credible. But if you do what we're really good at it, which is THINKING in a ruthlessly logical way, you cannot reconcile the concept of a soul or an afterlife with known science.

Guest (not verified) says...

I agree, INTJs can definitely be very spiritual. I am very strong in my own religious beliefs. I think what turns a lot of INTJs off is hypocrisy among religious people, but I remind myself that imperfect people are not representations of any particular religion's ideals, and there are hypocrites among all kinds of people (religious, atheist, agnostic, what-have-you). I think INTJs can actually be very strongly religious once we have made up our minds about it. Speaking for myself, I test each and every religious tenet of my church before I choose to accept it, and that actually ends up strengthening my faith (a sort of trial by fire) much more than blind belief would. So just because INTJs don't accept anything at face value, it should not be assumed that we are never religious or spiritual.

Guest (not verified) says...

That is so true. Now I understand why I've always had trouble in churches, because I can't stand hypocrisy, and I usually speak up when I see it. That is probably the reason why I am not going to any at the moment. My religious beliefs have never been stronger, though.

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