Which Industry is Best for Your Personality Type?
Your personality is more important to your career success than you may think. It affects the way you interact with your colleagues and the way you keep yourself organized. So whether you want to work for a charity or a university, in a law firm or an architecture firm, it’s helpful to know if your personality will jive with the working style of that sector.
According to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), there are sixteen personality types. Each one is made up of four out of the below eight characteristics:
- Extraversion (E) or Introversion (I)
- Sensing (S) or Intuitive (N
- Feeling (F) or Thinking (T)
- Judging (J) or Perceiving (P)
Let’s take a closer look at the different personality types:
1. The Creative Individualists – Introverted, Intuitive, Feeling, Perceiving (INFP
This person thrives when left to their own devices. Separating themselves from their colleagues allows them to focus on broader ideas and concepts, rather than just facts and details. They listen to their gut and make decisions based on feelings.
Best industry for this personality type: Fine Arts
2. The Counselors – Introverted, Intuitive, Feeling, Judging (INFJ)
Driven by a desire to help others, the Compassionate Counselors nurture a strong sense of personal integrity. They’re creative, dedicated and have a knack for guiding others. Because they are empathetic workers, they’re more in touch with the emotions of their colleagues or clients.
Best industry for this personality type: Medicine or Psychology
3. The Teachers – Extraverted, Intuitive, Feeling, Judging (ENFJ)
This personality is energized by the idea of working with others. They’re idealist and driven to make a difference in the lives of those around them. They often act as catalysts for human growth because of their innate ability to see the potential in the people around them.
Best industry for this personality type: Education
4. The Champions – Extraverted, Intuitive, Feeling, Perceiving (ENFP)
The Champion is energetic, warm and passionate. Their enthusiasm inspires others to explore their creative potential. They’re often motivated by their belief in humanitarian causes and want to find a job that is consistent with their values.
Best industry for this personality type: Charity or Non-Profit
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5. The Strategic Masterminds – Introverted, Intuitive, Thinking, Judging (INTJ)
The Strategic Masterminds are problem-solvers who want to improve systems with innovative ideas. Often intellectual, they approach every situation in an analytical way.
Best industry for this personality type: Architecture
6. The Commanders – Extraverted, Intuitive, Thinking, Judging (ENTJ)
The Commanders are strategic leaders. They’re motivated to organize change, quickly spotting inefficiencies and conceptualizing new solutions. They’re assertive and enjoy taking charge, which is why leadership suits them so well.
Best industry for this personality type: Law or Politics
7. The Visionaries – Extraverted, Intuitive, Thinking, Perceiving (ENTP)
This person is curious and clever, inspired to find new solutions to intellectually difficult challenges. They’re rarely judgemental, but they don’t have much patience for people who can’t keep up. Despite their willingness to change things, they don’t like to do the same task twice.
Best industry for this personality type: Journalism
8. Independent Scientists – Introverted, Intuitive, Thinking, Perceiving (INTP)
Fascinated by logic and theory, these workers are constantly trying to understand the universal themes of life. Often lost in thought, they can seem quite detached and oblivious. But don’t be fooled, their minds are busy trying to uncover the mysteries of the universe.
Best industry for this personality type: Academia (university level)
9. Caring Providers – Extraverted, Sensing, Feeling, Judging (ESFJ)
The Caring Providers are drawn to the needs of other people. They’re totally in sync with their emotional environment and the perception others have of them. Family and friends are always a top priority.
Best industry for this personality type: Nursing
10. The Sensible Helpers – Introverted, Sensing, Feeling, Judging (ISFJ)
The Sensible Helper is constantly providing for and protecting the people around them. They’re practical, compassionate and caring, driven by a deep responsibility to others.
Best industry for this personality type: Social Work
11. The Entertainers – Extraverted, Sensing, Feeling, Perceiving (ESFP)
This person is the life of the party. They’re warm, outgoing and have an infectious enthusiasm for life. On the whole, they’re fun-loving and take pleasure in the little things around them.
Best industry for this personality type: Hospitality
12. The Composers – Introverted, Sensing, Feeling, Perceiving (ISFP)
The Composer has a natural talent for the arts. They’re experts at manipulating objects and making something out of nothing. Although they may seem quiet and unassuming, they’re generally quite friendly.
Best industry for this personality type: Jeweller of Fine Arts
13. The Practical Supervisors – Extraverted, Sensing, Thinking, Judging (ESTJ)
These workers are very traditional in their working style, depending heavily on order, rule-abiding and logic. If there’s a lack of organization in their workplace, they’re quick to change that and establish processes and guidelines.
Best industry for this personality type: Law or Politics
14. The Inspectors – Introverted, Sensing, Thinking, Judging (ISTJ)
Although introverted, the Inspectors are rarely the type to isolate themselves. They’re neat, orderly and always have a procedure for everything they do. They like to maintain the social order and ensure all standards are met.
Best industry for this personality type: System Administration or IT
15. The Craftsmen – Introverted, Sensing, Thinking, Perceiving (ISTP)
These workers really understand mechanics and like to get their hands dirty. They approach every task with a flexible logic, looking for practical solutions. Because of their strong attention to detail, they’re good at moving quickly and responding to emergencies.
Best industry for this personality type: Law Enforcement
16. The Problem-solvers – Extroverted, Sensing, Thinking, Perceiving (ESTP)
If there’s a problem, they’re there to fix it. This type of worker is a thrill seeker, always on the hunt to put out fires. They assess situations quickly and respond to problems with creative and practical solutions.
Best industry for this personality type: Military
You can find out your own personality type by taking the test yourself.
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