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INTP Jobs and Careers - 5 Tips to Find Your Fit

Updated on February 13, 2018
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Deidre has a Masters in applied linguistics and translation for her 20 years overseas, then she worked as a certified provider of the MBTI®.

INTPs favor the two mental functions of intuition and thinking.

  • As an NT (iNtuition-Thinking), you want to understand it!

At minimum, therefore, you want a job where you are regularly challenged to understand things and systems.

Not only is it hard to find a job, but it can also be hard to know what job or career to look for and how to get started on your search. Personality type provides a way to understand how to approach job hunting, even for the absentminded professor INTP.

INTPs analyze the fuzzy lines


Two Favorite Mental Functions

As one of the 16 Myers-Briggs® personality types, you use your favored N-T mental functions in a unique way.

These favorite mental functions are therefore a must for job choice, because of how your personality type is motivated and energized.

Most attractive occupations:

  • Computer professional
  • Architect
  • Research assistant
  • Fine artist
  • Food service worker
  • Surveyor
  • Manager (executive)
  • Social scientist
  • Writer or editor
  • Photographer

1. Job Types

Jobs that fit best the INTP personality type are those that require

  • INCLINATION: solitary concentration and tough-minded analysis of problems
  • INCLINATION: long-term or strategic planning, conceptualization or design
  • SKILL: masterful development of competence and knowledgeable expertise in any field

Job areas:

  • Scientific or technical fields
  • Systems oriented professions

2. Job Environment

A good job match will include these elements.

  • Solving complex problems in systematic and methodical ways, gaining new knowledge.
  • Feedback on performance is provided.
  • There is latitude to independently seek out and analyze or theorize about principles and underlying structures.
  • Ideas and possibilities can be openly and fairly debated.

3. Information to Gather

  • Establish priorities
  • A "short list" of the most interesting possibilities
  • Facts about jobs in or from a career library

4. Making Contacts

  • Ask close friends about any job opportunities they may know about, and then gradually widen the network.
  • Practice interviews: Role-play speaking up and "selling" your strong points, and also prepare for hypothetical interview questions.
  • When interviewed by a Sensing type, don't overwhelm him or her by too many possibilities.

5. Making Decisions

  • Consider also what is truly important to you or others, and not just what makes sense by logical criteria.
  • Set a deadline for deciding, posting it or announcing it to friends.

This hub combines some information from the two following books, as well as from a seminar I attended.

  1. Introduction to Type and Careers, by Allen L. Hammer:
    Discusses personality type and career matching, career trends, tips on goal setting and decision making, and potential obstacles in the career development process for all 16 types.
  2. Introduction to Type and Emotional Intelligence, by Roger R. Pearman:
    Discusses the connections between personality and Emotional intelligence (EQ), which is a term used to describe our ability to control impulses, show empathy, and persist in the face of obstacles with resilience and flexibility. Provides specific actions for the development of emotional intelligence in each of the 16 types.

© 2010 Deidre Shelden


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      reasonablyspeakng 5 years ago

      Helpful Hub!