Hello there INTJ! Hope you are doing well and crushing it today. Your INTJ careers list awaits, with a few extras thrown in. Since everyone nowadays has a side hustle (and if you don’t you definitely should), I’ve developed a list of side hustle ideas that fit your personality type perfectly. And then, to round it all out and keep a solid work life balance going, I’ve thrown in a few hobbies as well.
I’m an INFJ, but Your T makes all the difference, and turns you into a workhorse in the right conditions. I’m often blocked from doing certain types of work because I don’t “feel like doing it,” but you can push right past that no problem! Be proud of your INTJness and read on for what you should do with it.
What does it Mean to be INTJ?
Each personality type has a set of dominant and auxiliary functions which best describe them. We won’t dig in too much here, but it’s helpful to see the top two functions to begin thinking about what work you should do.
The dominant function of an an INTJ is their Introverted Intuition. This is the ability to grasp data and get a sense of any pattern or plan. Information that is usually hard to understand and dissect is easily processed through Introverted Intuition making this the primary lense to look through for deciding the best type of work to do.
The secondary or auxiliary function of an INTJ is their extraverted thinking. Thinking people make decisions based on logic and facts. The person with the extraverted thinking function is adept at organizing and categorizing things clearly.
In general INTJs:
- Are independent
- Strategic thinkers
- Have a plan for everything
- Love solving complex puzzles, not just for the sake of puzzling, but to understand the big picture
- Self confident free thinkers
- Tend to be a jack of all trades with various skill sets
- Their tendency to be over analytical can hurt them in relationships
- Prefer to lead as they loathe following structure
- Work best alone
- Prefer to explore new ideas vs. using the tried and true
Let’s start with a list of the best careers for INTJs and then we will move on to side hustles and hobbies perfect for your type.
Aren’t sure you match this type? Go here to take the free test and figure it out. Browse the career list on that site as well, but come back here for a better look into how your type affects the changing landscape of jobs in our millennial age.
The Top 5 INTJ Careers
First, let’s face it, we are moving away from being in one company for the rest of our lives. The word “career” is almost a non-sequitur in our millennial age. But we do still wonder what we should do with our lives and some of us still want the structure of having a “real job” and a real career. Nothing wrong with that of course, but we are headed into the era of the gig economy and with remote working become more and more of a thing, our INTJ careers are turning into what we make of them. This is good.
Gone are the days where we find ourselves nearing the end of a long tenure with one company, but then are laid off (un)expectedly as new and less expensive employees find their way in. Ahead are the days when we become assets for our company that no amount of technology or new age thinking will replace.
Now, we choose to build our skill sets and become invaluable. The following “careers” are types that you’ll find to be a perfect fit for your personality.
1) Ethical Hacker
You would probably make a good hacker as well, but it can be tough to make a career out of hacking unless you are either A) The best in the world or B) Okay with spending time behind bars.
Stick to this side of the law and do one for the good guys. Go here to learn how to become an ethical hacker and learn how to defend companies from cyber attacks.
2) Market Research Analyst
If you are a true INTJ you might love doing research behind the scenes. You’ll help clients determine their consumers, figure out what they want and how much they’ll pay to get it. Because you love looking at the big picture vs. the tiny details, this career allows you to drum up some ideas about how to proceed and then pass it on to the highest bidder.
3) Mechanical Engineer
Mechanical Engineers need to be thorough and complete thinkers. You need to know the big picture before beginning a project. You might have to talk to other members of your team from time to time, but most of your work will be done from a computer as you build and analyze your various projects.
You will be challenged every day and will never get bored as you work to solve problems that will inevitably arise when working on complex real world problems.
Note: INTJ’s will most likely do well in any engineering career including chemical, electrical, civil, computer, etc.
4) President of the United States
Virtually any personality type can become president, but INTJ’s share their type with Thomas Jefferson, Woodrow Wilson, Dwight D. Eisenhower and John F. Kennedy.
One would think that the most powerful person in the world would need to be an extravert who loved the attention, but this isn’t necessarily the case. With sound judgement and an uncanny ability to think through complex situations, INTJ’s can develop a strategy that will work for them.
Obviously, most of us won’t get the chance to become president of the US, but INTJ’s can be great leaders if given the chance and believe in themselves to do so. Think IT manager or an owner of a small software firm. Not only will your big picture skills come into play, but your ability to formulate a team around you to do the tasks you either can’t do or don’t want to do is huge here.
Architects deal with in depth and complex systems. While most of your work is done alone, you’ll need to consider every angle as you perfect your masterpiece. You’ll enjoy creating something that will last. Some people will say “Oh, you draw for a living?” But you’ll know that it’s much more than that. Architects are wizards at getting everything just right and ready to be created.
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INTJ Side Hustles
Let’s move beyond INTJ careers and into the world of the side hustle. I’m a big fan of diversifying your income and dedicating some of your free (outside-of-main-work) time to working on something on the side. As an INTJ you are practically built for an online side hustle to bring in extra income.
Let’s get started with some of these ideas below:
1) Affiliate Marketing
This one is a fun one and something I do on the side as well. You’ll notice that when I link out to Amazon from this website, I do so using their affiliate links. When you click on one of those links and then go and make a purchase on Amazon, I get part of that sale at no extra cost to you.
Similarly, you’ll see an ad for KDP rocket on the right hand side of this page (or bottom on mobile). If you go on to pick up that valuable tool for any self-published author, I receive a commission on that sale.
Affiliate marketing is often done as a passive way to make money, and it’s great for introverts. All it takes is building out some content surrounding an item or a digital product, getting traffic to the page or sharing on social media, and then getting money if people buy the item off of your recommendation. There are a lot of people across the interwebs that abuse this process and do their best to sell sell sell! I don’t advise this way. No one likes being sold to. Instead, be upfront with your own personal use of the product, and only do affiliate marketing for products you 100% believe in. KDP rocket is one of those products, as well as all of the book reviews I do on my site where I link out to the book’s page on Amazon.
2) Crypto Mining
Crypto mining is an in depth and hardware heavy process to make money on the side. From what I’ve read and understand, setting up the initial system takes a bit of time, effort, and mulah, but once you get it up and running you can set it to run on autopilot.
Go here for a more in depth look at how to mine crypto currencies, but be warned, you might want to start right away!
3) KDP Low/No Content/Journals
Did you know that you can sell print on demand journals, planners, guestbooks, workbooks, etc. on Amazon? Those of you that know me know that I sell Non-fiction books on Amazon, but what you might not know is that we have over 600 low/no content books listed as well.
As an INTJ you’ll be intrigued by this side hustle since once you delve in you’ll quickly realize how systematic and repeatable it is. As a natural planner and organizer, you’ll learn the ropes and devise a system for long term success. As a hard worker, you’ll stick with it and see results when others would quit due to boredom from repeating the same things over and over.
Go here for my friend Rob Cubbon’s intro to publishing low/no content books on Amazon.
4) Robinhood Investing
If you like research, analyzing data, and making decisions based on this information (and you probably do as an INTJ) then this investing app is perfect for you. There are several apps to choose from, but try this one out and see what you think. Let me know how you do!
5) SEO Freelancer
SEO experts are some of the highest paid freelancers out there. Why? Because if you can get people ranked on Google they can make tons of money. Paid traffic on google can cost an arm and a leg, but “free” traffic that will stand the test of time and stay within Google’s organic search ratings? This is priceless.
As an INTJ you are the expert at dissecting how something works and then turning it into a repeatable process. You can start with building your own website on the side and learning SEO basics, and as you hone your craft start charging for your knowledge, and depending on how much you like it, turning it into a full time career.
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As a hard working INTJ who is working to shape the world one Bitcoin at a time, you deserve some downtime too. Here are five hobbies INTJs might find particularly satisfying to do after their day job or side hustle is done for the day.
1) Virtual Book Club
Most INTJs enjoy reading, and what better way to dig deep and suck the marrow out of every page than to share your opinion with others who have read the same book?
Now, some INTJs would be just fine with a standard in-person book club, but doing it online from the comfort of your office sounds just as nice.
2) Video Games
As strategic thinkers who love technology, some of the most avid gamers are INTJs. You love the challenge video games present, while not having to leave the room other than to grab a bag of Cheetos. And you don’t even think that’s cliche because you just nodded enthusiastically.
An advanced way to fuse metal together? Heck yeah! It pays pretty well too and could even be a side hustle or career, but for now you are fine with just building out your own miniature model of New York City.
4) Training for a 5K
You might find that you enjoy working out, running, or other forms of exercise, but INTJs need a reason why. Training for a 5k will give a reason for your running and jogging hobby. Now you have a big goal at the end to shoot for, giving you a reason to run.
5) Fantasy Football
Almost everyone loves Fantasy Football. INTJs are born for this online sport. It takes research, firm judgement, and a willingness to check stats religiously. If you aren’t already a member of a league give it a try and you are sure to become obsessed, just don’t let it take over your day job 😉
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What are your favorite INTJ careers, side hustles and hobbies? Share below!