How to Choose a Career According to your Personality

By Elsie Goycoolea. Updated: June 3, 2018
How to Choose a Career According to your Personality

There are some people who may know very early what they want to be when they grow up; but for others, choosing a career is a difficult decision. The pressure to go to college and get a degree often forces students into studying something they later learn isn’t for them and want to leave college. People like to take tests to learn their personality characteristics, such as the famous Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), which is often used to guide personal and professional decisions. As a result, there are many career tests that claim that different personalities are better suited for different jobs.

In this OneHowTo article we explain how to choose a career according to your personality.

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Introversion vs Extroversion

Most personality tests first focus on a person’s level of introversion and extroversion. An introvert is someone that tends to be quiet, often spends a large amount of time inside their heads and away from other people, and are generally great listeners. On the other hand, extroverts tend to be very sociable, outgoing and loud. Given these characteristics, professions for an introvert may include scientist, author or architect that better suit their needs. Oppositely, jobs for an extrovert may thrive as a public relations person, an entertainer or a sales representative.

How to Choose a Career According to your Personality - Introversion vs Extroversion

Sensing vs Intuition

A sensing person will tend to focus on small details, employ a pragmatic approach and trust their experience. Intuitives prefer to look at the larger picture, will trust their guts and feelings, and tend to have their eyes set on the future. Consequently, introverted sensing people may consider careers such as medical records technician or payroll clerk. An extroverted thinker may be interested in working up to be an actor, dancer or musician.

Thinking vs Feeling

Next comes thinkers compared to feelers. Thinkers will be driven by facts to make decisions, they value honesty and fairness and are energized by arguments. Contrastingly, feelers tend to show high levels of compassion and empathy, and they will be warm and friendly. An extroverted thinker will possess strong communicative and strategic skills thus they may thrive in financial careers. An introverted feeler will be empathetic and reflective maybe finding their place as a nurse or a teacher.

How to Choose a Career According to your Personality - Thinking vs Feeling

Judging vs Perceiving

Someone that will understand the need for rules, will set work as a priority and will generally be on time will likely score high in judging. On the other hand, someone who will often procrastinate work, set flexible plans and value spontaneity will score high in perceiving. For example, a person that has traits corresponding to judging may want consider applying to be a financial officer, a lawyer or a computer specialist. On the other side of the spectrum, if perceiving is the most dominant of the two, then some career choices may be designer, newscaster or researcher.

If you are unsure about your dominant traits you may be able to find numerous free personality tests online that will also match your personality type with a few recommended career paths.

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