The best jobs for every personality type


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Have you ever taken the Myers-Briggs personality test? Many of the country’s largest companies, and even some smaller companies, rely upon the test during their hiring processes, and schools often give the test to students in order to determine what a good career path might be for them.

The test, if you’re unfamiliar, assigns people one out of 16 personality types based upon the results of a series of questions. If you’re unsure about your current career, or are just looking to make a change, the test can be used as a tool to help you with your decision. You don’t have to do what it says, of course, but in taking it, you might gain some insight about yourself that makes your decision easier.

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To help find the best jobs for every personality type, Business Insider consulted a popular guide based on, but not affiliated with, the system called “Do What You Are.” They then listed a series of jobs each personality type might be interested in based upon the results.

It costs $59 to take the official Myers-Briggs test. Many find the cost to be well worth it but, if you’re not yet sure you want to shell out the cash, you can start by reading the descriptions of eight core personality characteristics that Business Insider pulled together, seeing which four fit you best, and then scrolling down to find your personality type.

Among those eight personality characteristics are “thinkers,” who tend to make decisions using logic, “introverts,” who prefer working alone or in small groups, and “perceivers,” who prefer flexibility and spontaneity. Those who take the test discover which four personality characteristics describe them best, and that combination of characteristics makes up their overall personality type.


Business Insider shared the top five career paths for each of the 16 personality types. For example, here are the top five jobs for the ESTJ, someone who embodies extroversion, common sense, logic and organization:


  1. Insurance Sales
  2. Pharmacist
  3. Lawyer
  4. Judge
  5. Project manager

INFPs, meanwhile, who tend to be introverted, intuitive, sensitive to the needs of others and spontaneous, were given the following set of career suggestions:


  1. Graphic designer
  2. Psychologist/therapist
  3. Writer/editor
  4. Physical therapist
  5. HR development trainer


Does your current career line up with your personality type according to Myers-Briggs? What about a career you’ve always dreamed of having? To see the career suggestions for each personality type, and for more information on how Business Insider determined those careers, click here.

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