Personality Type in Career Choice: Case Studies

Personality Type in Career Choice: Case Studies

In this week’s podcast, I talk about the role of personality type in career choice. I use the framework of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), of which I am a Master Practitioner.

The MBTI is the world’s most widely used personality assessment. It is a psychological tool designed to reveal your personality preferences…the ones you were born with.

Based on your responses, the MBTI assigns one of 16 personality types to you. Much research has been done around the link between personality type and career choice.

Here are a few personality types and the careers best suited to them:

ESFP: Realistic Adapters in Human Relationships

ESFPs are at their best when free to act on impulses. They value:

An energetic, sociable life, full of friends and fun

Immediately useful skills; practical know-how

Learning through spontaneous, hands-on action

Trust and generosity; openness

Concrete, practical knowledge; resourcefulness

Caring, kindness, support, appreciation

Freedom from irrelevant rules

Handling immediate, practical problems and crises

Seeing tangible realities; least-effort solutions

Showing and receiving appreciation

Making the most of the moment; adaptability

Being caught up in enthusiasm

ESFPs want work that has practical value; as much work flexibility as possible, and a collaborative work environment.

What careers do ESFPs often pursue? Here are a few:

  • Sales Representative


  • Social Worker


  • Photographer

INTJ: Logical, Critical Innovators of Ideas

INTJs are at their best when inspiration turns insights into ideas and plans. They value:

A restrained, organized outer life

A spontaneous, intuitive inner life

Planful, independent, academic learning

Skepticism; critical analysis; objective principles

Originality, independence of mind

Unemotional tough-mindedness

Freedom from interference in projects

Working to a plan and schedule

Seeing complexities, hidden meanings

Improving things by finding flaws

Probing new possibilities; taking the long view

Pursuing a vision; foresight; conceptualizing

INTJs prefer a work environment that involves complex ideas and concepts and allows them to develop creative, innovative solutions. They are all about possibilities and originality.

What careers do INTJS often pursue? Here are a few:

  • Scientist


  • Medical Doctor

Business Administrator

  • Attorney

ENTP: Inventive, Analytical Planners of Change

ENTPs are at their best when caught up in enthusiasm for a new project. They value:

Conceiving of new things and initiating change

The surge of inspiration; emerging possibilities

Analyzing complexities

Following their insights, wherever they lead

Finding meaning behind the facts

Autonomy; elbow room; openness

Ingenuity, originality, a fresh perspective

Mental models and concepts that explain life

Fair treatment

Flexibility, adaptability

Improvising; looking for novel ways

Exploring theories and meanings behind events

ENTPs seek work that utilizes their creativity and originality in a flexible work environment; work that allows them to dig for deeper meaning, insights, and possibilities.

What careers do ENTPs often pursue? Here are a few:

  • Psychologist

  • Engineer

  • Scientist

Marketing Representative

  • Systems Analyst

I encourage you to go through these lists and make sense of the connection between the characteristics of each personality type and the careers often pursued.

If you’re interested in learning about your personality type, I encourage you to work with a qualified practitioner or a Master Practitioner like myself. Otherwise, you’re taking an assessment online with no one to interpret your results for you.

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