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ENTP: Your Myers Briggs Personality Type and Your Career

I'm a what? You may have asked that question after finding out you're an ENTP. And why wouldn't you have wondered aloud what those letters mean? They seem to make little sense. However, once you find out what each letter means and how you can use all four together to help make career-related decisions, you'll appreciate the insight this information offers.

How ENTP Relates to the Myers Briggs Personality Types

ENTP is one of 16 personality types identified by psychiatrist Carl Jung. Jung theorized that individuals' personality types were made up of four pairs of opposite preferences for the way in which they choose to do certain things. The four pairs are:

  • Introversion [I] and Extroversion [E]: how one energizes
  • Sensing [S] and Intuition 488: how one perceives information
  • Thinking [T] and Feeling [F]: how one makes decisions
  • Judging [J] and Perceiving [P]: how one lives his or her life

Before moving on to an explanation of what each preference means, here are some important things to keep in mind. First, these are just preferences, and while you may prefer to energize, process information, make decisions or live your life in a certain way, you can do the opposite if a situation requires it. Second, your preferences tend to interact, and each preference in your four-preference type affects the other three. Finally, your preferences may change throughout your life.

E, N, T, and P: What Each Letter of Your Personality Type Code Means

  • E: Extroversion, or as it is sometimes spelled, extraversion, means that you are motivated by other people. You would be more successful in an environment that allows you to work with other people, for example on a team, rather than alone.
  • N: As someone who prefers to use your intuition when processing information, you rely on more than your five senses. You can look beyond what is physically in front of you and imagine what could be. This puts you in a good position to take advantage of future opportunities.
  • T: Your preference for thinking means that you use logic rather than emotion to make decisions. You analyze problems and consider their consequences. Only after doing that, will you take action.
  • P: As someone who is perceiving, you tend to be flexible. Last minute changes don't bother you. Deadlines, however, do.

Using Your Code to Help You Make Career-Related Decisions

Your personality type code can play a role in making career choices. When choosing a career look at the middle two letters, "N" and "T". They are the most relevant for this purpose. Since you like to imagine what could be, a career that lets you pursue new ideas would be good for you.

Remember, though, that you like to think things through carefully so pick a career that values that preference. You don't want to pursue a career that involves quick decision-making. It will be stressful for you. Some possible career choices are engineering technician, management consultant, loan officer,​ and dentist.

When weighing job offers, consider the work environment. Since you are energized by others, look for a situation in which you are not working alone too much. You should also think about your preference for flexibility and consider jobs that aren't too structured, particularly those with tight deadlines.

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ENTP Personality Type: The Debater

Updated January 29, 2021

Medically Reviewed By: Avia James

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Knowing your personality type opens the door to the possibility of working with a trained therapist to help you on a journey of self-discovery. Your personal growth, relationships, and career are much more likely to be successful and happy if you have a deep understanding of why you do the things you do and think the way you think. The first step to enhance your strengths and neutralize your weaknesses is to know your personality type.

In this series, we're exploring the 16 personality types based on the MBTI (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator).

In the 1940s, two remarkable women, Katherine Briggs and her daughter Isabel Myers, developed the MBTI personality self-test. Relying heavily on Carl Jung's theories, Myers-Briggs maintained that every person:

  • is either an extrovert (E) or an introvert (I)
  • uses either intuition (N) or sensing (S) to experience the world around them
  • uses either feeling (F) or thinking (T) to make decisions
  • uses either perception (P) or judging (J) to reach their goals

The various combinations of these eight different points on four different scales make up the 16 Myers-Briggs personality types.

The 16 Personality Types

Analysts: architect (INTJ), logician (INTP), commander (ENTJ), debater (ENTP).

Diplomats: advocate (INFJ), mediator (INFP), protagonist (ENFJ), campaigner (ENFP).

Sentinels: logistician (ISTJ), defender (ISFJ), executive (ESTJ), consul (ESFJ).

Explorers: virtuoso (ISTP), adventurer (ISFP), entrepreneur (ESTP), entertainer (ESFP).

Overview Of The ENTP Or Debater Personality Type

ENTP is the abbreviation for extraversion, intuition, thinking, and perception.

Extraversion: ENTP’s are energized by interacting with people and objects in the outside world.

Intuition: ENTP's focus on the big picture and future possibilities; they tend to pay less attention to detail and the current situation. ENTP personality types are abstract rather than concrete thinkers.

Thinking: ENTP's are objective decision makers; the ENTP personality type uses logic to reach a decision rather than personal preferences or social considerations.

Perception: ENTP's are slow decision makers. The ENTP personality type delays making a decision, preferring to "keep their options open."

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ENTP personality types are competent and intelligent. They're quick-witted and able to see complex interconnections between people, objects, and ideas. ENTP's have a perverse sense of humor that other personality types may not appreciate, and they may take the opposite side in a debate even if they disagree with it. ENTP personality types find original, unexpected solutions to complex problems, but they're likely to find it difficult to follow through and formulate a detailed plan. The ENTP personality types believe that every problem has a solution. ENTP's are optimistic and relaxed; they don't sweat the small stuff.

ENTP's make up between 2 and 5 percent of the population; more men than women are ENTP personality types.

ENTP's Play The Devil's Advocate

There's nothing an ENTP personality type likes more than a good debate. ENTP's don't argue to find a more profound truth or meaning; they argue because it's fun. ENTP personality types debate issues from every angle, quickly see a counter-argument for every opposing opinion, and leave their opponents exhausted and confused. ENTP personality types are unwaveringly honest, but for the sake of a good debate, they will argue in favor of something they don't believe in, just to keep the conversation going. Their quick wit and formidable verbal prowess make the ENTP personality type hard to beat in an argument.

ENTP's Are Life-long Learners

ENTP personality types love learning new things, especially abstract concepts. ENTP's study, not to achieve a degree or further their careers, but because they find the information interesting and they value knowledge as a path to a higher understanding and personal growth.

ENTP's Are Innovators

The ENTP personality type will take on and solve problems that other personality types consider unsolvable. ENTP's think creatively, discarding tradition and established ideas. The ENTP personality type doesn't believe in "If it ain't broke, don't fix it"; rather, they will determinedly set about improving methods to complete a task, or at the very least, find different ways to achieve the same result. ENTP's can quickly see the connections between people, ideas, and things and come up with original ideas for new ventures, or solve the problems of current projects.

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ENTP's Are Visionaries

The ENTP personality type sees possibilities in the world around them. ENTP's look to the future rather than the past, and they are passionate about making the world a better place. ENTP personality types get excited about their ideas, and their enthusiasm inspires others to support them in fulfilling their visions.

ENTP's And Career Options

ENTP's make good lawyers because of their verbal skills, the ability to think on their feet, and their innate desire to shred opposing arguments whether or not they agree with them. ENTP personality types also do well as architects and urban planners. ENTP personality types have many other career options as well and can be found in virtually every field; they will be successful in most of them. Careers that the ENTP should avoid are those that require them to pay attention to detail or to follow routines and procedures. ENTP personality types are happiest as idea people who can delegate the “dirty work” to subordinates.

ENTP's And Relationships

The ENTP personality type is fun to be with, and their partners are seldom bored. ENTP's are easygoing, and they include their partners in their never-ending thirst for knowledge and personal growth. ENTP personality types bring the same enthusiasm and excitement for new ideas and challenges to their close relationships as they do to their careers.

There are some downsides for those in a relationship with an ENTP personality type: mundane housekeeping chores like washing the dishes or mowing the lawn bore them, and they're likely to neglect them. The ENTP's desire to debate every issue, no matter how big or small, can be wearisome to a partner who needs a moderate amount of quiet time. Because ENTP personality types are easily bored, they may jump into new ventures impulsively and take financial and career risks that cause stress to the family. ENTP's also have a quirky sense of humor and tend to poke fun at others, sometimes unintentionally hurting their feelings.

ENTP personality types never entirely lose their inner child and as a parent will create fun-loving environments in which their children can learn, grow, and think for themselves. However, ENTP's may neglect spending time with their children if they get involved in yet another big idea to improve the world.

ENTP's Strengths

ENTP's love a challenge, and they can be counted on for never walking away from difficult situations or hardships. The ENTP personality type believes that anything is possible, and they will find a creative solution to every problem.

ENTP's are charismatic. People are attracted to the fun-loving, optimistic ENTP personality type, and they can be good leaders.

ENTP's encourage and embrace change. Because ENTP personality types are easily bored with routines and norms, they are continually looking for new and better ways to do things.

ENTP's are always looking out for new things to learn. They're enthusiastic and passionate about new pursuits and ideas.

ENTP's are knowledgeable, quick-thinking, and creative.

ENTP's Weaknesses

ENTP's are easily bored. The ENTP personality type is always looking for something new; they get bored with routines and people who have been around for a while. ENTP's tend to have shorter-term relationships than other personality types and are prone to relationship hopping. They will also leave projects and tasks unfinished when they get bored and move on to the next exciting thing; their brilliant plans are often unrealized because they move on before they've achieved anything.

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ENTP's take risks. The ENTP personality type gets excited about a new venture and will jump in without thinking through the pros and cons, which may in some cases lead to financial hardship.

ENTP's have a constant need to argue, and other people may see this as confrontational at worst and tiring at best.

ENTP's can be blunt to the point of being insensitive to the feelings of others. They have a perverse sense of humor and tend to poke fun in a way that may be misunderstood by others and hurt their feelings.

ENTP's may be intolerant of people who can't keep up with them. ENTP personality types will dismiss not only an idea if it doesn't stand up to scrutiny, but also the person along with it.

In Conclusion

ENTP's are innovators, continually pursuing knowledge and personal growth, and inspiring others to join them on their exciting journey of new ventures. ENTP personality types do well at whatever they choose to do, provided it's not routine and detailed. They're fun-loving, laid back, and charismatic, and other people enjoy being in their company. The ENTP personality type is quick-witted and verbally gifted.

However, ENTP personality types can be insensitive to the feelings of others and don't always recognize that their sense of humor and bluntness may be hurtful to others. In addition, ENTP's often procrastinate when an important decision needs to be made. The ENTP personality type also tends to leave tasks unfinished when something more interesting comes along.

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Therapist-Client Relationships Based on Myers-Briggs Type Similarities

Research indicates that when therapists and clients have similar Myers-Briggs profiles, clients may be more likely to rate the quality of the therapy relationship highly. Clients’ ratings of the therapeutic relationship correlated most significantly with similarities on the Thinking-Feeling (TF) and Judging-Perceiving (JP) dimensions. Therefore, it is possible that using the results of Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) testing could be helpful in matching clients with therapists.

The Benefits of Online Therapy

As discussed above, working with a therapist who has a similar personality type is associated with greater satisfaction with the therapeutic relationship, which could lead to greater progress in therapy. But no matter what your personality, when you’re struggling with symptoms like a depressed mood or anxiety, it can be hard to find the motivation to leave home. This is where online therapy comes in. You can access BetterHelp’s platform from the comfort and privacy of your own home. In addition, online therapy offers lower pricing than in-person therapy because online therapists don’t have to pay for costs like renting an office. BetterHelp’s licensed therapists have helped people of every personality type. Read below for some reviews of BetterHelp therapists from people experiencing similar issues.

Counselor Reviews

“Carri has been phenomenal for me. As I'm sitting and chatting with a wise friend who listens well, asks questions, and makes me dive into thoughts deeper so that I'm really doing the work. She listens to my personality needs and often gives me "homework" since I like to have checklists and things to do. She is a gift, and I'm so thankful for my time with her.”

“Jamie has a warm personality, even through the chat. It can be difficult to find a therapist you feel comfortable being open with, and Jamie has a way of making it really feel like a safe space. Sometimes connection with a therapist just feels lacking and there is no comfort level, but Jamie definitely provides this in her responses. She seems very knowledgeable about various treatments for issues that someone could be dealing with. This is comforting to have someone that is interested in helping you find what works for YOU rather than pushing an opinion. I am grateful for BetterHelp connecting us and looking forward to the doing the personal work she will help guide me on.”

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What makes ENTPs’ so enthusiastic to discuss, debate, and argue? Using research that connects personality types to underlying traits, I’ll walk you through the pattern of Big Five personality dimensions commonly seen of the ENTP, and describe how each dimension is related to ENTP’s characteristic interpersonal style, relationship patterns, interests, and possible career matches.

If you are interested in personality, there’s a good chance you’re already familiar with popular personality type-based systems like the 16 personalities or Myers-Briggs types, which classify people into types like the ENTP. While types are a much simpler way to describe personality, they are generally far less precise than the trait-based systems used by professional researchers and scientists. Trait-based systems like the Big Five personality framework attempt to measure the unique differences between people on several underlying dimensions, rather than classifying people into simple types.

Research comparing type-based and trait-based approaches have found some important overlaps, such that popular personality types can be seen as very rough approximations to measuring underlying traits. For example, people who are usually classified as ENTP tend to have some basic similarities in their underlying personality traits. By unconvering these underlying traits of the ENTP, we can connect this popular personality type to the vast amount of research about traits and their relationship to several important areas of life.

The ENTP personality type

According to personality type theory, every type has its own four-letter code describing how that type prefers to interact with the world: Introverted vs. Extraverted, Intuitive vs. Sensing, Feeling vs. Thinking, and Judging vs. Perceiving.

According to this theory, the ENTP prefers:

  • Extraversion: oriented towards the external world, rather than the internal world
  • Intuition: oriented towards learning through internal intuition over sensory experience
  • Thinking: oriented towards judging new information through logical analysis, rather than by its emotional qualities and impact
  • Perceiving: oriented towards judging new information immediately as it is encountered, rather than after organizing, categorizing, and processing it

Researchers have studied the relationships between these four preferences and the Big Five personality dimensions, which have been the subject of scientific research for decades. By connecting these preferences to the Big Five, we can also connect the ENTP to the existing research on the Big Five dimensions and several life outcomes.

ENTP personality traits

Using the Big Five framework, the ENTP personality type can be reinterpreted through five broad personality dimensions: Openness To Experience, Conscientiousness, Extraversion, Agreeableness, and Neuroticism.

Because personality types are only a rough guide to an individual’s personality, not every ENTP will have exactly the same underlying personality dimensions. In fact, any two individual ENTPs can be quite different on one or two dimensions, but as a group, ENTPs show some common patterns in their Big Five dimensions.

The graph below shows where ENTPs fall along each of the Big Five dimensions. Each blue dot is an individual ENTP, and darker blue areas means more ENTPs crowd up in that area.

ENTP personality traits across Big Five dimensions

One characteristic that most ENTPs have in common is low agreeableness — ENTPs are typically not bothered by disagreements, debates, or arguing. This aligns with the pattern on the Agreeableness dimension in the graph above. Notice that most of the ENTPs are crowded at the bottom of the dimension, on the end of low Agreeableness. While there are a few rare ENTPs at the higher end of Agreeableness, most are well below average on the dimension.

By analyzing the general trends of ENTPs along each dimension, we can build a personality profile of ENTPs based on the combination of dimensions they are most likely to have. This also allows us to connect the ENTP to the wealth of research connecting the Big Five dimensions to important life areas, like interests, career preferences, and relationships.

However, personality types are never as accurate as an individual measurement. If you’d like to see exactly where you fall on each of the Big Five dimensions, try the free personality test here at TraitLab.

ENTPs are higher on Openness to Experience

Most ENTPs fall well above average on Openness to Experience.

ENTPs and Big Five Openness to Experience

Openness to Experience is related to our tendency to seek new experiences or gravitate back to familiar ones. It also describes our preferences for unconventional, novel ways of thinking and doing over more standard, traditional, and conventional ways.

Highly open people, like many ENTPs, often have a deep love of learning, and can easily become engrossed in new ideas and philosophies. They will be more likely to try new things — from tasting new foods, traveling to new places, or exploring new topics — and over time, they tend to develop a wide ranger of interests and tastes. Lastly, they are more likely to become deeply absorbed in new experiences and can often have an intense emotional responses to art, music, or a good book.

ENTPs are average on Conscientiousness

Most ENTPs tend to be near the average on Conscientiousness.

ENTPs and Big Five Conscientiousness

More precisely, ENTPs are normally distributed on Conscientiousness, and they show the classic bell-shaped curve along the whole dimension. This means that most ENTPs fall near the average on Conscientiousness, but a few fall on the higher and lower extremes.

Conscientiousness describes our tendency to make detailed plans, to be systematic and organized, and to be disciplined in sticking to these schedules and plans.

Most ENTPs will not stand out as extremely high or low on Conscientiousness, being neither highly organized nor disorganized compared to most people. More conscientious ENTPs will have a tighter focus on long-term goals (including academic, career, health and fitness goals) and will create and follow routines to accomplish these goals over time.

Less conscientious ENTPs will be more easily distracted by shorter-term goals, and will be more likely to switch back and forth between these rather than maintain focus on long-term goals.

If you are curious about how conscientious you are, try TraitLab’s free personality test to see where you fall on all the Big Five dimensions, including Conscientiousness.

ENTPs are usually more extraverted, but there are some ENTPs below the average on Extraversion.

ENTPs and Big Five Extraversion

Most ENTPs score highly on Big Five Extraversion, which describes our general activity and energy level, assertiveness, social enthusiasm, and positive emotionality.

Highly extraverted people, like many ENTPs, are usually more energetic and outgoing, seeking excitement and more stimulating environments. They will enthusiastically jump into louder and more crowded environments, and may occasionally get some thrill out of certain types of risk-taking.

Most ENTPs tend to be highly engaged when in social situations, as well. They are comfortable in the spotlight and generally do not mind being the center of attention, and they are more likely to actively assert their own thoughts, opinions, and goals rather than sit back and passively observe the situation.

ENTPs are lower on Agreeableness

ENTPs are consistently less agreeable.

ENTPs and Big Five Agreeableness

As a group, ENTPs tend to be less agreeable, with many ENTPs falling at the far low end of Agreeableness. Agreeableness describes our tendencies to put our own goals over the needs of others, and our general sense of trust, empathy, and compassion for other people.

Highly disagreeable people, like many ENTPs, tend to be more demanding. They will be more comfortable arguing and create conflict in order to accomplish their goals. Most ENTPs can tolerate plenty of interpersonal tension without being overly worried about keeping things nice and polite.

ENTPs are often lower on Neuroticism

While individual ENTPs vary widely in their level of Neuroticism, more tend to fall on the lower, more emotionally stable end of the spectrum.

ENTPs and Big Five Neuroticism

Neuroticism describes our reactivity to stress and our negative emotionality. As most ENTPs are less neurotic, many of them will tend to have more stable moods with relatively few dramatic mood swings. They will tend to worry less than others and be less likely to second guess themselves.

Compared to most people, ENTPs will generally experience fewer and less intense negative emotions, like anger, frustration, and anxiety. They may be unusually calm and composed in stressful situations that might leave others frazzled.

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Rarity of ENTPs

Roughly 6% of people are classified as ENTP.

ENTPs are particularly rare in their blend of extraversion, neuroticism, and agreeableness, underlying their bold and confident interpersonal style.

Engaged and emotionally resilient

ENTPs are usually higher in extraversion and lower in neuroticism. Because these two dimensions are closely related to our emotional tendencies, this combination may explain ENTPs’ tendency to be highly active, alert, and engaged (high extraversion) while staying calm and collected (low neuroticism).

ENTPs are often higher on Big Five Extraversion but lowers on Big Five Neuroticism

This combination can also be protective against several types of negative thinking, like rumination, doubt, self-consciousness, which can lead to more pronounced anxiety and depression. ENTPs’ blend of extraversion and neuroticism may shield them from the more debilitating effects of these negative emotions, and ENTPs will generally have an easier time shaking off negative moods and returning to baseline.

Opinionated and assertive

Most ENTPs are extraverted and somewhat disagreeable, a blend that creates a dominating, forceful, and often combative interpersonal style. ENTPs will generally have an easy time engaging in a social situation, and they will be fairly comfortable being the center of attention.

ENTPs are usually higher on Big Five Extraversion and lower on Big Five Agreeableness

While ENTPs’ higher extraversion leads them to be highly expressive, talkative, and enthusiastic in social situations, their lower agreeableness can surface when they dominate a conversation or make comments that may seem insensitive or aggressive to some.

ENTP Relationships and interpersonal challenges

Despite their combative tendencies, ENTPs’ stability and self-confidence often support a secure and optimistic approach to relationships.

Thick skin and an open mind

While ENTPs can seem argumentative and highly disagreeable, these qualities can have a surprisingly positive effect on the ENTP’s approach to relationships. ENTPs are typically less concerned with how others see them, which also prevents them from being overly preoccupied with relationships. Whereas most people will be hesitant to break off relationships, even unhealthy and negative ones, ENTPs have an easier time disengaging and moving on.

ENTPs tend to have a healthy, positive view of themselves, stable self-esteem, and a calm and collected emotional style. They are much less likely to base their own self-worth based on others’ perceptions or on their relationships with other people. As a result, they can be courageous and fearless in their relationships, uninhibited and unafraid of being hurt. This self-confidence, combined with their openness to experience, enables ENTPs to happily take risks when seeking out and creating new relationships.

Common interpersonal problems with the ENTP

ENTPs’ assertive and assured style in social situations is often a strength, but in some cases, it can lead to a few characteristic interpersonal problems. What ENTPs see as a friendly and lively debate might feel more heated to others, and ENTPs can be seen as arguing, criticizing, or even fighting with others too much.

ENTPs often stand out by boldly challenging others and finding flaws in existing approaches. This natural tendency is often a powerful asset, but it has the potential to be disruptive to some team or organizational dynamics. ENTPs may have a harder time sitting back and simply taking direction from others or with dealing with authority in general.

Lastly, ENTPs are highly gregarious and very comfortable talking and sharing with others. Sometimes, ENTPs may get carried away and find themselves oversharing, or disclosing a bit too much about themselves.

Adjectives that describe the ENTP personality

How do other people see and describe ENTPs?

The wordcloud below shows the top 100 words used to describe ENTPs. Bigger words describe the more prominent aspects of ENTPs.

Adjectives describing the ENTP

Others may describe ENTPs’ assertive and direct interpersonal style as intense, boisterous, forceful, and dominant. Combined with ENTPs’ low agreeableness, they can come off as immodest, abrupt, gruff, combative, and insensitive.

At the same time, ENTPs’ general lack of concern with others’ opinions can be a powerful asset, leading others to see them as courageous, uninhibited, opinionated, confident, strong, and daring. Their emotional stability and relative calm under pressure can appear weariless, indefatigable, and unemotional.

These words describe the ENTP personality types as a group, but every individual ENTP is slightly different. To see your own personalized set of words, try the free personality test here at TraitLab.

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ENTP Careers

ENTPs fit well with careers that require a blend of influencing or leading others and investigating and creativity solving complex problems. Many ENTPs will not mind upsetting other people in order to complete their own job properly, enabling them to take on argumentative work that would make most people quite uncomfortable.

ENTP career interests

The chart below shows how the ENTP personality type is related to eight core career interests: Production, Creativity, Erudition, Altruism, Analysis, Organization, Adventure, and Leadership. Your unique blend of these interests has a huge influence on how well a career feels like it “fits” with your personality.

ENTPs and career interests
  • Leadership

    ENTPs strongest career interest by far is in Leadership, and they tend to thrive in positions that require leading other people and taking charge.

    People with strong interests in Leadership fit well in careers that enable them to influence, persuade, and motivate other people. Examples include sales and marketing directors, politicians and political organizers, and executives.

  • Creativity

    ENTPs’ second strongest career interest is in Creativity. Many ENTPs will naturally fit in situations that require them to innovate and solve problems through creativity and intuition.

    People with strong interests in Creativity prefer jobs that require innovation through artistic and intuitive skills in less structured tasks and environments. Examples include artists, novelists, actor or actresses, musicians, curators, and designers.

  • Erudition

    ENTPs also have very strong interests in Erudition, meaning they are well-suited for roles that involve deep study or mastery of information to perform their tasks well.

    People with strong interests in Erudition enjoy roles that require mastery of complicated or arcane concepts and information. Examples include translators, editors, research professors, literary scholars, interpreters, and foreign correspondents.

  • Analysis

    ENTPs have fairly strong interests in Analysis.

    People with strong interests in Analysis enjoy roles that require investigating, researching, and explaining concepts and ideas. Examples include medical researchers, chemists, scientific reporters, and statisticians.

  • Adventure

    ENTPs do not consistently have a preference or dislike for Adventure. Any individual ENTP is likely to be different in their preference for this aspect.

    People with strong interests in Adventure prefer careers that involve working outdoors, competition, excitement, risk-taking, and even danger. Examples include police officers, military officers, professional athletes, and bounty hunters.

  • Altruism

    ENTPs also have weak, inconsistent interests in Altruism, meaning the careers with some altruistic, helping component are not likely to strongly attract or repel ENTPs as a group.

    People with strong interests in Altruism fit well in careers that involve helping, comforting, caring for, and teaching other people. Examples include physical therapists, counselors, clergy, social workers, doctors, and nurses.

  • Production

    As a group, ENTPs do not have a consistent pattern of interest or dislike for Production.

    People with strong interests in Production enjoy careers that allow them to work with their hands or tools to create, repair, or maintain tangible products and things. Examples include farmers, builders, mechanics, forest rangers, and woodworkers.

  • Organization

    ENTPs’ strongest career disinterest is in Organization. Careers with a heavy emphasis on organization, attention to details, or strict ways of doing certain things will likely feel unsatisfying and constraining to many ENTPs.

    People with strong interests in Organization prefer careers that involve categorizing, planning, and systematizing information and processes. Examples include financial officers, budget analysts, office managers, database analysts, and systems administrators.

ENTP career matches and ENTP jobs

Examples of careers that fit ENTPs’ blend of interests in social, creative, and analytical strengths:

  • Lawyer
  • Judicial Law Clerk
  • Urban and Regional Planner
  • Management Analyst / Business Analyst
  • Investment Fund Manager
  • Chief Executive
  • Business Teacher
  • Securities and Commodities Trader
  • Sales Manager / Engineer / Agent
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Property or Real Estate Manager
  • Marketing Manager
  • Fundraiser
  • General and Operations Manager
  • Construction Manager
  • Architectural or Engineering Manager
  • Police Detective
  • Criminal Investigator or Special Agent

Careers to avoid for the ENTP

ENTPs thrive in roles that require interacting with others, and careers without a significant interpersonal component will be less satisfying to most ENTPs. ENTPs also enjoy creatively solving new problems in their own way, rather than following existing rules and conventions.

So, ENTPs might avoid careers that emphasize working primarily with tools or machines (instead of people) and tightly controlled ways of doing things, such as:

  • Civil Engineer
  • Chemist
  • Cartographer
  • Mathematical or Bioinformatics Technician
  • Surveyor
  • Software Developer
  • Computer Scientist
  • Network and Computer Systems Administrator
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Farm and Ranch Manager
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Airline Pilot
  • Electrician
  • Surgeon
  • Radiologist
  • Orthodontist
  • Dentist
  • Anesthesiologist


ENTPs are bold, opinionated, and love a spirited debate. When used carefully, their enthusiasm and confidence when arguing and fighting for their point of view is their most powerful asset.

If you’re curious about where you fall on the Big Five personality dimensions, or if you’d like to see which types are most similar to you, try taking TraitLab’s free personality test.

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