What’s the best job for an INTP?


Dear IntrovertZone,

Hi im a male 29yrs old. im so happy to find this website because im an introvert. i have done bachelors in commerce(B.Com) but im not good at accounts. im realy scared of doing accounting job because it involes lot calculations and should be done according to accounting principles. im so confused to choose a right career for me. i want to do a job like technician or some computer related. i dont like sales and marketing jobs, which will have monthly targets. please suggest me a suitable job for me. may be im an INTP. Thanks in advance.


I’m so glad he wrote this and reminded me to tell you about a book I just bought a couple of weeks ago. I have not had time to read it in depth, so I can’t write a true review of it, but it’s called Do What You Are : Discover the Perfect Career for You Through the Secrets of Personality Type–Revised and Updated Edition Featuring E-careers for the 21st Century and has been out for quite a while so you may be able to find it in your library or at a very cheap price somewhere.

The book includes chapters for verifying your personality type, then it has four chapters about temperament and learning your own strengths (and which ones you like to use publicly vs. privately).  THEN, it has a separate chapter for each of the 16 MBTI personality types. The INTP looks to be the “Ingenious Problem Solvers,” so it sounds like you’re in for an enjoyable job if you find one that will allow you to use your personality type and strength!

The book ends with a chapter on putting it all together and creating your personal career plan.  Looks like a great resource for people making decisions even as early as high school!



  1. This post is really enlightening for introverts out there. What do you think is the best of all the jobs out there for those introverted people? Thanks once again.

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  2. I have read the book, and used it for my own career discovery. I highly recommend it. Better yet, be sure to also take the actual Myers-Briggs Type Indicator from a pro. They make sure it’s the right type, and they can help you interpret results and consider careers. (The resources page on my website offers info on where to do the test.)
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  3. Hello,being an introvert is a very tough situation.But i’m glad that you finished your studies without having much problem.Anyway,this page is very useful,thank you so much to the blog owner.

  4. Thanks I bought this book right after reading this article. I’ve been having trouble deciding what I want to do since the job I wanted to go into I wasn’t sure if it fit me the best since their is much social interaction and I don’t want to be so drained at the end of the day. I’ve been wondering if there is a balance.

  5. I think that the accountant could be a good job for an introvert. I am an introvert, too, and a work as an accountant. I prefer to work with numbers. I can’t handle people. I just can’t talk to them.
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  6. Thanks for the great suggestions as to what careers would be suited for me – I have been really worried for months that after my parents kick me out of the house that I would be in trouble – now I have hope that somehow I will make it out there in the real world.
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  7. My husband is an introvert, since we’ve been together I’ve seen him come out of his shell so much. But he still would never cope in a career where he had to have constant contact with customers/people. He’s nearly finished his apprenticeship as a Fitter & Turner (engineering) and has never been happier. He works at his lathe/CNC machine all day and barely has to speak to anyone. His mind is constantly working so he feels stimulated. Definitely consider careers in manufacturing if you are an introvert!

  8. Resources like this book are a great starting point for developing our awareness of who we are and what our areas of career strengths might be. Do remember though that you are all unique individuals. Your upbringing, values, education experiences, peer and family influences will all help to shape your career choices. Not all introverts will be or should become accountants (I really wouldn’t want to become one as I’m not particularly good at maths :-)) or remain hidden away from other people. Some introverts will enjoy working with other people as long as they can have time to recuperate later on. So try and avoid pigeon holing yourself based on reading a book. By all means, use it as a starting point but also consider you – your dreams, your passion, your values, what you want to achieve, then have fun making it happen

  9. That tough you are having a problem deciding in your career choice. I would try job shadowing or doing an internship, that way you can try out a variety of jobs and see if you like them. Or you could try having an “informational interview” with people in specific industries. That way you could try out different jobs and not get stuck in something you don’t like.
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  10. Try getting a job as a home health aide. There are a lot of companies that do placement for jobs like this. Also your minister or priest may know someone who is hiring for someone to help them out in their home. Try working with the disabled population. There are frequently jobs open there, check under ‘residential aide’ in the job sites/or your local paper.
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  11. You will always be an introvert, but as you grow you will learn more skills that will help you to move about in settings that involve interacting with others – that is, IF you are teachable and desire to grow. It’s not bad being an introvert (I am naturally one) but it can be difficult to move about in this world that requires so much human interaction. Now if we were all farmers again, it wouldn’t be much of a big deal, would it! Choose a job that will not send you into a stress pit; that will only backfire. But don’t shy away from jobs that will challenge you a bit as you grow and learn more social skills. The fact is, ALL of us are geniuses. But our own particular genius is different than others and some are easier to see than others. So some people sing, or act, or play basketball, that’s their skill – how obvious! Remember that just because your skill is not so obvious, does not mean it is less valuable to society. Just grow and learn some skills that will help you move about a bit more easily. Good luck!

  12. This is usually done in writing to your direct supervisor and a human resource representative, although some companies will allow this to be done through email.
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  13. I think at your age and with a bachelor’s degree it seems unfeasible to go back to school however what I’m going into since I’m an introvert is Medical Technology can work in the lab and not have to deal with patients and doctors too much.

    However, accounting does not seem to be a bad choice for an introvert, maybe I’m mistaken, however if it’s external pressure you feel unfortunately you’re going to have to deal with that with any job as well as communication, which is a key component for most jobs. Good Luck to you.
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  14. First of all if you don’t have enough knowledge in accounting then why did you choose B.Com? Let’s forget it, as you said you want computer related job then I would like to suggest you that you can choose internet marketing field because this is one of the greatest jobs that is related to computer and if you are completely able to do this job then your will be secure.

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    I love being an introvert for the most part, I think I am my own best company so that works for me. I finally have found the job of my dreams. I am a development research and database specialist. 90% of my job deals with computer entry, figuring out the database, doing reports and researching on the internet. I am good with customer service and don’t mind doing it to much. But, I am so much happier doing this. Good luck finding jobs that you feel comfortable doing. It really does make a difference.

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