INTJs are strong individuals who seek new ways of looking at things. They are analytical problem-solvers, eager to improve systems and processes with their innovative ideas. They are insightful and enjoy coming to new understandings. They have a talent for seeing possibilities for improvement, whether at work, at home, or in themselves. They often keep to themselves a great deal and are considered the most independent of all the 16 personality types. 

INTJs tend to prefer careers in which they are given a lot of autonomy. INTJs are comfortable with abstraction and theory but gain the most satisfaction from turning their ideas into reality. They often enjoy working independently or with a small team, taking measured, strategic steps to implement change. The ideal work environment for an INTJ is logical, efficient, structured, and analytical, with colleagues that are competent, intelligent, and productive.

2.1% of the US population are INTJ.


  • Most Value: Effectiveness

  • Appear to Others as: Analytical, Tough-Minded, Systematic

  • Strengths: Strategy, innovation, determination, willingness to learn

  • Areas for Growth: Superiority, emotional distance, perfectionism, imbalance


Other Characteristics:

  • Quiet

  • Reflective

  • Strategic

  • Future-Oriented

  • Objective

  • Rational

  • Logical

  • Decisive

  • Sticks to Plans

  • Rigid


Common Careers:

Business. Finance, and Math

  • Accountant or Auditor

  • Financial Analyst

  • Logistician

  • Management Consultant

  • Market Research Analyst

  • Financial Advisor

  • Top Executive

  • Actuary

  • Mathematician

  • Statistician

Architecture and Engineering

  • Aerospace Engineer

  • Architect

  • Biomedical Engineer

  • Civil Engineer

  • Computer Hardware Engineer

  • Electrical Engineer

  • Environmental Engineer

  • Mechanical Engineer


  • Judge or Hearing Officer

  • Lawyer

  • Paralegal

Science and Healthcare 

  • Atmospheric Scientist

  • Biochemist or Biophysicist

  • Chemist or Materials Scientist

  • Economist

  • Environmental Scientist

  • Medical Scientist

  • Microbiologist

  • Political Scientist

  • Pharmacist

  • Physician or Surgeon



Computers and Information Technology

  • Computer Programmer

  • Computer Systems Analyst

  • Network Administrator

  • Software Developer

  • Computer and IS Manager

  • Computer Scientist

Arts, Design, and Communications

  • Industrial Designer

  • Editor

  • Translator

  • Photographer

  • Technical Writer

  • Writer


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