Career Choices for INTJs

INTJs are frequently happy as architects.
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As identified by the Myers-Briggs personality profiling test, the INTJ type corresponds to a person that has the four traits -- introvert, intuitive, thinking and judging. INTJs are relatively rare, representing about one in 100 people. This personality trait tends to be good at many intellectually demanding positions, and has a strong affinity for systems. INTJs frequently value knowledge and strategy above relationships and, while their strong drive gives them the potential to lead, their orientation usually makes them happier behind the scenes.

Computer Programmer

    The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the U.S. economy's demand for computer programmers will grow by 12 percent between 2010 and 2020. In exchange for requiring a bachelor's degree, it is relatively lucrative, paying a median salary of $71,380 in 2010. Programmers usually work in an office at their desks, composing computer code in at least one computer programming language. INTJs usually make good programmers because the position requires a great deal of independent work while also being highly structured.


    Architecture is a professional field that leverages the creative tendencies that frequently come into play with INTJ personality types. The industry is projected to grow by 24 percent between 2010 and 2020, which is faster than the average, reports the BLS. Architects earn healthy incomes, with a 2010 median salary of $72,550, and spend a mixture of their time in their offices and at sites working with clients.

Management Analyst

    Management analysts frequently travel so that they can work with managers to help them increase their business' efficiency and profitability. Given the INTJ's natural affinity for systems, this position fits the personality type well. Management analysis pays relatively well based on the field's 2010 median wage of $78,160, and is projected to grow 22 percent between 2010 and 2020, according to the BLS.


    Dentists do more than just drill, fill and take care of teeth. They also frequently serve as business leaders by managing their practices. INTJs are well-suited for this unique combination of highly technical skilled work and leadership. While the position requires doctoral-level education, it also pays quite well, with a 2010 median pay of $146,920. Demand for dentists is also growing, with the BLS predicting that the country will need 21 percent more of them between 2010 and 2020.

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