Published On: Fri, Feb 23rd, 2018

Myers-Briggs Personality Types Correlation to Career Choices

Myers-Briggs personality types are fueling the way people pick and view their careers. The fascination behind the Myers-Briggs personality types has led career coaches to use personality types to help their clients make positive career changes.

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The personality type has four main categories:

  1. (I – introversion) or (E – Extroversion)
  2. (S – Sensing) or (N – Intuition)
  3. (T – Thinking) or (F – Feeling)
  4. (J – Judging) or (P – Perceiving)

Four letter acronyms are assigned to each personality time, with a total of 16 personality types based on category performances. The 12-mintue test can tell personality types a lot about themselves and the potential career options that fit them best.

Career Assessment Site shows the ideal jobs for personality types.

The importance of Myers-Briggs personality types has been a mainstay in the business world. Reports indicate that 80%, or 400 out of the Fortune 500 companies, use the Myers-Briggs personality type to help their employees excel. A staggering 89% of Fortune 100 companies use the same test to help their employees excel at work.

Top career choices for each personality type are:

  • ISFJ – Detailed, organized and thorough, these individuals tend to thrive in the healthcare industry thanks to the sympathy they feel with others. Working with kids or even bookkeeping is a good option for the ISFJ personality type.
  • ISTJ – A type that is ideal as an engineer, security guard or accountant, the ISTJ personality is logical, excels in problem solving and factual.
  • INFJ – Intense and creative, the INFJ personality looks for meaning in their careers, making them the ideal candidate for a job in science, medicine or education. They’re also artistic and thrive in the art field.
  • INTJ – An INTJ personality type is rare, with just 2% of people falling in this category. An INTJ personality is best suited for technical careers. Engineers, scientists and architects fit well into this group of logical, innovative and decisive individuals.
  • INFP – Inquisitive by nature, creative and also empathetic, the INFP personality type has excellent communication skills. This group seems to thrive in the arts and is often found behind desks being a graphic designer or being a musician.
  • ISTP – A personality type that does well in the tech field. The ISTP personality is analytical, exacting and practical. They also are great troubleshooters and problem-solvers.
  • ISFP – The ISFP personality type has a tendency to do well as a coach, teacher or in the nursing field. These individuals are sympathetic yet adaptable and gentle at the same time.
  • ESFP – The ideal choice for a career in hospitality or healthcare, the ESFP personality type is adaptable and caring, but they’re also excitement seekers and enthusiastic.
  • ESTP – An ESTP personality type is best in a career that is not routine-based. These individuals are adaptable, resourceful and make a great choice for a business owner.
  • INTP – If you’re an intellect, you might fall into this group that is great as an engineer or architect.
  • ENTP – The creative problem solver, the ENTP personality works well in many fields, including sports, media and business.
  • ENFP – Insightful, caring and creative, the ENFP personality type is often seen in the arts as an actor or dancer. It’s not uncommon for these individuals to also be in fitness or working as a therapist.
  • ESFJ – Nurses, doctors, teachers and childcare workers all fall in the ESFJ personality type. Sociable and caring are the two key traits of this group.
  • ESTJ – Logical and assertive, the ESTJ personality is a natural leader that does well in diverse fields. Excellent as an executive, this group has no issues being decisive and focuses on results.
  • ENTJ – Organizer and planners, ENTJ personalities are hard workers that are often found in the legal, scientific and sports fields.
  • ENFJ – Charismatic by nature, the ENFJ personality type is a born leader that is great at communication and thrives when working with people. Ideal in the arts, this group often consists of teachers and counselors.

Myers-Briggs personality types fit well into the categories and job positions above, but these aren’t their only options. Understanding your own traits and personality enable anyone in the workforce to find a position and career that plays off of their natural tendencies and makes them happier in the workplace.

Author: Jacob Maslow

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