How our personality type helps in deciding our career path

According to career counselors, there are a number of factors and situations that decides the career path of an individual. But among all, the one major contributor is our personality type. Although there is no precise parameter to pin-point how much exactly personality type affects, but promoters of this concept say it is crucial in deciding how much one would earn or like the job or would take a superior role; by combining different personality traits exhibited by human beings.

Before we move ahead, let us first mention what are these personality traits exactly – Extrovert (E), Introvert (I), Thinker (T), Feeler (F), Sensor (S), Intuitive (N), Judger (J) and Perceiver (P). Theorists have combined these traits into 16 different combinations of personality types. Through extensive research conducted, they have tried to figure how one moves in career.

INFP: These individuals slightly interested to be self-employed, but will be earning little lower compared to others. They like to enjoy some quality time with family, but are likely to be unsatisfied with the job.

ENFP: Individuals falling in this category will earn more when they are self employed rather than doing normal jobs. Job satisfaction is above average with them, but their income is slightly less than average.

INTP: They are more likely to be self-employed. These individuals are least interested to stay at home. INTP personality has seen least salary difference between male and female employees.

ENTP: Of all other types, ENTP individuals showed maximum interest towards being self-employed and they will be earning more in comparison to their standard job. Their Job satisfaction is average and are not the type of people who likes to stay at home.

INTJ: As per the study, INTJ individuals are earning almost equal when in job or when self-employed. However, they have shown less satisfaction towards being in job. Also, they choose to stay out of home more often for their career.

ENTJ: They earn more when they are self-employed than a standard job. They like managing large teams and statistically have shown job satisfaction above average. All ENTJ individuals who were part of this research were employed and at the same time none of them liked to stay at home.

ISFP: ISFP individuals have shown least capability in holding a managerial position. They are the maximum of all who choose to be satisfied with their standard job, but income is comparatively lower than average.

ESFP: They don’t like to be self-employed and hence their job satisfaction is high, but earnings are lower than average mark. ESFP individuals who were choose to spend more time with family.

ISTP: ISTP individuals are somehow falling at the bottom of all. As per the study, they have the least income among all other personality types, and are least likely to be self-employed. They also exhibited least job satisfaction.

ESTP: These individuals like to manage or supervise large group of people. Although they have low job satisfaction but their earning is above average level. They don’t like to be stay at home parent types.

ISFJ: Individuals who are ISFJ showed average job satisfaction, so is their income. They are not likely to opt for being self-employed as career option. They have showed interest in spending relatively more time with the family.

ESFJ: Their job satisfaction is higher than any other personality type, and also earns highest average income of all. They also like to spend time with the family.

ISTJ: They like to manage/supervise people but are not willing to be self-employed. But those who choose to be are earning more than others in the same group. However, their job satisfaction is average only.

ESTJ: These individuals earn more than other type of personality in their job. They are second least to be unemployed and have shown above average job satisfaction.


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