5 Best Careers for ENTJ a Natural Leader


ENTJ PERSONALITY TYPE

You you took a free personality test and the results are ENTJ, the Commander. The best careers for ENTJ personalities are those that involve leadership.

In fact, no one is more prepared to lead a team or organization as the ENTJ personality type. The best careers for ENTJs are ones where they can manage projects and people.

If you don’t know your personality type, this post describes the test at 16personalities.com. It’s based on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator test. The test will classify you as one of 16 personality types.

The ENTJ personality type is labeled as the “Commander” or the “Visionary.” ENTJ personalities are natural-born leaders with charisma and confidence.

They have the ability to project authority brings people together behind a common goal.

On the flipside, ENTJs can be ruthless and uber-focused on achieving what they want to do.

Are ENTJs Rare?

It’s because of this at-all costs mentality that some see it as a blessing that ENTJs are somewhat rare, making up 3% of the population.

Are ENTJs Arrogant?

Yes, ENTJs are exceptionally arrogant. They invented “hold my beer” as they are ultra-competitive too. ENTJs love a good challenge because they believe they can achieve any goal.

ENTJ Traits

  • They are brilliant entrepreneurs. They can focus on something for the long-term and think strategically about their next move.
  • They can get others on board with their ideas. It’s one thing to have a vision, it’s another to convince a crowd of people to work toward that vision. ENTJs can move people like no other.
  • They are cutthroat negotiators. These extroverted thinkers use their wits and speaking talents to get their way.
  • They put feelings to the side. ENTJs are like the other thinkers who seem emotionless and calculating. The feelings are there, but there is a time and a place.

The Good 

  • Influential — Use charisma and confidence to lead and inspire others.
  • Energetic – implementing their plans and goals gives them more energy.
  • Strong-willed – They get the job done, no matter what the obstacle.
  • Strategic thinkers – ENTJs seem to have it all figured out because they usually do.

The Bad

  • My way or the highway mindet
  • Impatient with people or progress
  • Ultracompetitive that puts winning above all
  • Not good at handling emotions or the hurt feelings of others

What the Letters ENTJ Stand For

Extrovert definition

The first letter in the 4-letter personality code is how you process your thoughts on the world. 

Do you focus on the world externally? That means you prefer to talk through a situation with people instead of thinking about it.

Extroverts are people who like being around people. They get energized from interacting and have no issues with being in front of people. In fact they love an audience. They want to be the center of attention.

Being an extroverts means you prefer to be around people, but it doesn’t mean you can’t be alone. They like to bounce ideas off of people, “thinking out loud” to anyone who will listen is their way of processing their thoughts.

At a party, you’re likely to talk to as many people as possible and make new friends fairly easily. Keeping friends is another story. Some extroverts make a new connection but then are disappointed a few days later when the friend disappears.

Extroverts are open and easy to get to know. They have a wide array of interests that makes their social circles just as wide. The more people I know the better, they say. This works in a extrovert’s favor, since networking is an extrovert’s superpower.

A Few Words About Introverts

Introverts like people, but feel drained from long bouts of interacting with them. They like to process and analyze a situation before taking action and are often seen as reserved. 

INTUITIVE MEANING AND DESCRIPTION

The second letter in the 4-letter code indicates how you prefer to get your information.  You are an N — an intuitive. You delve into theory and reading the situation for more than what your five senses can tell you. You tend to follow your hunches, or at least give them careful consideration for what they are.

Many intuitives love the arts for their subjective and complex interpretation of information. You are also drawn to philosophical discussions and along with your the gift of gab can take the conversation to the next level.

In the workplace, intuitives, especially extroverted ones, can wield their influence and love a good brainstorming session. They find the riffs of ideas invigorating. You don’t usually want to go with conventional solutions, but you are open to finding the best possible outcome.

Do you make decisions based on logic and reason? T is for thinking through the facts of a situation to make a choice. Or do you prefer to consider people and the circumstances around the situation? Do you factor in the emotional part of making a choice? That would be F for feeling.

Judging

The final letter in the personality type represents your attitude to the outside world. Judgers, the J, make a decision, stick to a plan, and they like to work within the structure. 

They also like it when people around them do the same. If the person at the grocery store who has 12 items in a 10 item or less line drives you nuts, you’re a judger. Judgers love routine, schedules, itineraries, etc. 

They want to be prepared for anything by being prepared. This doesn’t mean they are as organized as Hank Hill’s tools or can’t be spontaneous. Judgers want to make a decision and take action. 

They can seem task-oriented and love to have a structured workflow. You can spot one pretty easily. They are the one who sends you the menu to the lunch spot so you can decide what to eat before you get there. 

Or they complain because rules exist for a reason and everyone should follow them. 

Judging vs Perceiving

Perceivers or Ps are open to situations and are less concerned about structure and more concerned with having options. Going with the flow. They are the last-minute suitcase packers and the ones who say road trip, but have no idea where they want to go.

These personality types like to keep things casual and don’t want to miss out on a possibility by deciding something too quickly. Options are great, they allow life to work its magic.

The 16 Personalities 

A Myers-Briggs test such as 16 Personalities categorizes the personality types based on a four-letter code, one from each of the categories above.

The 16 combinations are below. 

  1. INFJ
  2. INFP
  3. INTP
  4. INTJ
  5. ISTP
  6. ISTJ
  7. ISFJ
  8. ISFP
  9. ESTP
  10. ESTJ
  11. ESFP
  12. ESFJ
  13. ENFJ
  14. ENFP
  15. ENTP

Take the 16 Personalities Test — 60 Questions in 10 Minutes

You also want to understand why other people do what they do. You are conscientious and committed to your values. You want to work for the common good and are good at making decisions that help you achieve that goal. 

Famous People Who are ENTJ

  • Franklin D. Roosevelt, U.S. President
  • Richard Nixon, U.S. President
  • Harrison Ford, actor
  • Steve Martin, actor
  • Whoopi Goldberg. Actress
  • Margaret Thatcher. British Prime Minister.
  • David Letterman. Comedian.

ENTJ Relationships

The best careers for ENTJs are those where they can lead.

ENTJs in Love

Commanders or ENTJs approach love like their careers, they have goals. They want to achieve milestones and measure how things are going. They want to keep moving foward to make the next goal.

They put energy into and take personal responsibility for how things are going. When they see they are at a dead-end, the ENTJ has no problem cutting you loose to cut his losses.

Who is Compatible with an ENTJ?

Introverted thinkers — an ISTP or and INTP are the RNTJs best matches. Thinking is the commonality that keeps the relationship on an even keel.

5 Best Careers for ENTJ Personality

The best careers for ENTJ is a leadership position, but it doesn’t have to be at the top of the career ladder. ENTJs want to be where the action is, but they don’t want chaos.

For example, one of the worst careers for ENTJs is working in a classroom of preschoolers.

They want to have a structure and a clear course to success. Here are posts about the best careers for ENTJs.

1. Project Manager

project managers ear many hats problem solver to diplomat

A project manager creates structure, is goal-oriented, and is a job that requires problem-solving and working with a variety of people to achieve a goal. An ENTJ can rally the troops and stick to a proven framework.

Project managers keep projects on-track and on-budget. This is one of the best careers for ENTJ because they must look at the big picture and details at the same time. 

This career gives an ENTJ the change to be a conduit for change and progress — a visionary.  

They must start, plan, execute, keep watch over and finish a project. Although a lot of effort is put on the planning portion, you have to be just as gung-ho about executing and monitoring the project.

Without projects and project managers there would be no internet, no moon landing, no Netflix and no Prius to name a few. 

These began as what-ifs and impossible goals. But with project management, these projects changed the world.

2. Financial Analyst

financial analyst

Financial Analysts guide businesses and people making investment decisions. They assess the performance of stocks, bonds, and other types of investments.

Financial analysts have the following job duties:

  • Recommend individual investments and collections of investments, which are known as portfolios
  • Evaluate current and historical financial data
  • Study economic and business trends
  • Examine a company’s financial statements to determine its value
  • Meet with company officials to gain better insight into the company’s prospects
  • Assess the strength of the management team
  • Prepare written reports

They work in banks, pension funds, mutual funds, securities firms, insurance companies, and other businesses.

Financial analysts are also called securities analysts and investment analysts.

3. Network Administrator

network administrator

Network administrators are responsible for the day-to-day operation of these networks.

They organize, install, and support an organization’s computer systems, including local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), network segments, intranets, and other data communication systems.

This job is expected to grow by 24% by 2028.

Network administrators typically do the following:

  • Determine an organization’s system needs and install network hardware and software
  • Make needed upgrades and repairs to networks and ensure that systems are operating correctly
  • Maintain network and computer system security
  • Evaluate and optimize network or system performance
  • Add users to a network, and assign and update security permissions on the network
  • Train users in the proper use of hardware and software
  • Interpret and solve problems when a user or an automated monitoring system alerts them that a problem exists

4. Public Relations Specialist

A public relations specialists shape public opinion by creating favorable messages.

Public Relations Specialists are strategic and creative thinkers. They protect reputations, build brands and shape public opinion. They create and deliver messages to people using media.

If you want to influence people, like most ENTJs do, this could be your gig.

A Public Relations Specialist career can be pursued in companies, the government, politics, non-profits and other groups. These so-called spin doctors can also be called communication, or media specialists.

If you have a knack for storytelling and enjoy influencing people, this career could be for you. Here are 10 facts you should know about a public relations specialist career.   

5. Auditors

Accountants and auditors track numbers

Auditors ensure that financial records are accurate and taxes are paid properly and on time.

This is a great role for someone who is not only good at math equations but also seeing trends in the numbers.

They have to:

  • Examine financial statements to ensure that they are accurate and comply with laws and regulations
  • Compute taxes owed, prepare tax returns, and ensure that taxes are paid properly and on time
  • Inspect account books and accounting systems for efficiency and use of accepted accounting procedures
  • Organize and maintain financial records
  • Assess financial operations and make best-practices recommendations to management
  • Suggest ways to reduce costs, enhance revenues, and improve profits

More Careers for ENTJ

Careers for ENTJs to Avoid

ENTJs want a predictable path to a defined goal. They want structure to follow, but they don’t want to be controlled by processes or people.

ENTJs do not do well with going with the flow, or unpredictable days that being in a customer-service heavy job.

They also prefer to lead rather than follow. These are a few of the worst careers for ENTJ.

Tracey Lamphere

Tracey Lamphere, M.S. IMC is the editor of Job Affirmations, a publication that provides information and ideas to use mindfulness, positive affirmations, and visualizations to transform your career.

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