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Best Careers for ENTP Personalities

December 12, 2019

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Most people choose a career path based on their interests and goals as well as the advice of others. Many have used the Myers–Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) questionnaire to help them understand their psychological preferences, the way they perceive the world, and their decision-making process. After pinpointing your personality type, you can search for ENTP careers and fields that match your natural strengths and preferences. Read more about ENTP careers below:

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ENTP Personality Overview

Within the context of the Myers-Briggs test, ENTP stands for the characteristics of Extraversion – Intuition – Thinking – Perception. This combination of personality traits is ideal for entrepreneurial thinking, whether ENTPs choose to own their own business or innovate within an organization. Others often see ENTPs as energetic and fun to be around, although they tend to be disorganized.

ENTPs struggle to meet deadlines and find it difficult to work within hierarchies, which can restrict their innovative talents. ENTPs prefer to focus on the “big idea” and resist routine and repetitive tasks. Instead, they prefer highly conceptual work, problem-solving and leaving details to others.

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Careers for ENTPs

People focusing on ENTP jobs can find a great deal of satisfaction when applying their naturally innovative mindset to challenging problems. Their entrepreneurial approach and need for freedom in work environments means that ENTPs may not fit in everywhere; when it works, however, there are few limits on their ingenuity and spirit.

People with this personality type are unafraid of conflict and thrive on debate within intellectually challenging environments while surrounded by intelligent coworkers they respect. The most likely of all the Myers-Briggs types to be self-employed, ENTPs want to be the expert—which they often are. Because they work hard to improve their abilities and skills, ENTPs can build diverse, powerful, and influential careers over time.

Here is a list of the best ENTP careers to consider:

Business and Technology

ENTPs take genuine pleasure in dissecting ideas and concepts to examine what works and what doesn’t, making them ideal for both business and legal environments:

Arts and Design

Arts and design is one of the best professional sectors for the ENTP “visionary” to explore. ENTP’s innovative and expressive nature makes this personality potentially masterful in the arts.

Science and Engineering

ENTPs also flourish in scientific environments, where intellectual curiosity is encouraged and rewarded, as long as their days aren’t burdened by routine tasks. They also appreciate work that includes a hands-on and tangible creative aspect:

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Which Careers Should ENTP Avoid?

Though ENTPs in particular can be successful in a wide range of careers due to their imagination and inquisitive nature, matching your interests with your natural predisposition can increase your long-term chances of professional success in your life. Career choices like the below that require significant attention to detail and high repetition in daily tasks will likely frustrate an ENTP:

  • Dentist
  • Optometrist
  • Data scientist
  • Receptionist
  • Data entry
  • Bookkeeping or accounting
  • Clerical positions

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Making the Most of Your Myers-Briggs

Further exploring your Myers-Briggs type lends itself to uncovering how your personality traits present themselves on your best and worst days. It may be helpful to think about how those traits will function on the job.

ENTP on a Good Day

  • Looks forward to solving complex problems with colleagues.
  • Drives team-oriented planning, like brainstorming sessions or round-tables.
  • Excited about introducing new concepts, like a streamlined business model or pilot team.

ENTP on a Bad Day

  • Procrastinates on an approaching deadline.
  • Uninspired when tasked with monotonous duties like paperwork.
  • Discontented by having to appear organized, would rather spend their time innovating.

Knowing your personality type can provide helpful insight as you apply and interview for jobs. Employers value self-awareness and are often impressed when candidates can candidly share their strengths and weaknesses. Knowing which situations you’ll thrive in and which may be challenging for you provides you with the context to confidently answer questions about what you have to offer.

ENTPs are fortunate to have a wide range of abilities and will generally do well at whatever captures their interest. As an ENTP seeking long-term happiness, choose a profession that allows considerable freedom for growth, innovation, and the generation of new ideas.

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