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Jobs and Careers for ENTPs—5 Tips to Find Your Fit

Deidre has a Masters in applied linguistics and translation for her 20 years overseas, then she worked as a certified provider of the MBTI®.

Are you an ENTP? If so, read on to see which jobs will make the best use of your high-energy personality!

Are you an ENTP? If so, read on to see which jobs will make the best use of your high-energy personality!

Are you like the ENTP personality type? ENTPs favor the two mental functions of intuition and thinking. As an NT (intuition-thinking), you want to understand it! The need to understand is a huge part of your personality.

What Do ENTPs Look for in a Job?

At minimum, therefore, you want a job where you are regularly challenged to understand things and systems. Not only is it hard to find a job, but it can also be hard to know what job or career to look for and how to get started on your search. Here are some tips of what to look for in a ENTP job match that would be even more motivating and energizing for the long term, helpful even for you ENTPs, the type that may like the idea of a new job more than following through with the current one.

Two Favorite Mental Functions

As one of the 16 Myers-Briggs® personality types, you use your favored N-T mental functions in a unique way.

These favorite mental functions use the lion's share of your psychological energy and are therefore a must for job choice, because of how our personality type is motivated and energized.

Most Attractive Occupations for an ENTP

  • Photographer
  • marketing professional
  • writer or journalist
  • computer professional
  • credit investigator or mortgage broker
  • psychiatrist
  • engineer
  • construction laborer
  • artist or entertainer
  • research worker

1. Job Types

Jobs that fit best the ENTP personality type are those that require

  • INCLINATION: an enterprising diversity of interests
  • INCLINATION: a desire to continually take on new challenges
  • SKILL: masterful origination of new ideas and possibilities

Job areas:

  • Science
  • Management
  • Technology
  • The arts

2. Job Environment

A good job match will include these elements.

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  • Solving complex problems in innovative ways, pushing the limits.
  • Feedback on performance is provided.
  • On the cutting edge and new challenges to quickly master.
  • Limited interaction with those who are rigid unable to adapt, illogical, boring or small thinking.

3. Information to Gather

  • Establish priorities
  • A "short list" of the most interesting possibilities
  • Facts about jobs in or from a career library

4. Making Contacts

  • Ask close friends about any job opportunities they may know about, and then gradually widen the network.
  • Pause during interviews so that others can ask questions.
  • In interviews, emphasize what contributions you can make to the organization now.
  • When interviewed by a Sensing type, don't overwhelm him or her by too many possibilities.

5. Making Decisions

  • Consider also what is truly important to you or others, and not just what makes sense by logical criteria.
  • Set a deadline for deciding, posting it or announcing it to friends.

This article combines some information from the two following books, as well as from a seminar I attended.

  • Introduction to Type and Careers
    Get your clients involved in their own career search using MBTI results. The updated Introduction to Type and Careers provides interactive exercises and realistic descriptions to explore personality type and career matching.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

© 2010 Deidre Shelden


Deidre Shelden (author) from Texas, USA on September 26, 2012:

Very good, then hope it is of some help, Olmed!

Olmed on September 26, 2012:

I think this made some sense! I have tested entp.

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