INTPs are philosophical innovators, fascinated by logical analysis, systems, and design. They are preoccupied with theory, and search for the universal law behind everything they see. They want to understand the unifying themes of life, in all their complexity.INTPs love theory and abstract ideas.  They spend much of their time in their own heads: exploring concepts, making connections, and seeking understanding of how things work.They are future-oriented and value truth, knowledge, and competence.

INTPs usually prefer working in technical fields that provide the opportunities to apply logic to theories to find solutions and develop innovative approaches and systems. They prefer professionalism in a work environment that encourages freethinking, independence, and improvisation. 

INTPs make up 3.3 percent of the U.S. population.



  • Most Value: Ingenuity

  • Appear to Others as: Conceptual, analytical, critical

  • Strengths: Analytical brilliance, objective, imaginative, enthusiastic

  • Areas for Growth: Uncertainty, absentmindedness, condescension, insensitivity


Other Characteristics:

  • Quiet

  • Reflective

  • Strategic

  • Future-Oriented

  • Objective

  • Rational

  • Logical

  • Flexible

  • Curious

  • Informal




Common Careers:


  • Computer Network Architect

  • Computer or Information Research Scientist

  • Computer Programmer

  • Computer Systems Analyst

  • Network or Computer Systems Administrator

  • Software Developer


  • Aerospace Engineer

  • Architect

  • Biomedical Engineer

  • Chemical Engineer

  • Computer Hardware Engineer

  • Environmental Engineer

  • Landscape Architect

  • Mechanical Engineer

  • Mechanical Engineering 

  • Technician


  • Anthropologist or Archaeologist

  • Economist

  • Environmental Scientist

  • Epidemiologist

  • Medical Scientist

  • Microbiologist

  • Physicist or Astronomer

  • Political Scientist

  • Psychologist

  • Urban or Regional Planner

  • Mathematician

  • Statistician

  • Physician or Surgeon

Business and Law

  • Accountant or Auditor

  • Financial Analyst

  • Management Consultant

  • Market Research Analyst

  • Top Executive

  • Actuary

  • Lawyer

  • Sales Engineer





Arts and Language

  • Music Director or Composer

  • Producer or Director

  • Graphic Designer

  • Industrial Designer

  • Multimedia Artist or Animator

  • Photographer

  • Technical Writer

  • Writer or Author

  • Professor or College Instructor

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