Leadership

Here's the best job for you based on your personality type

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Here's what you should do for a living based on your personality type

Ever wonder if your job actually works well with your personality?

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) test may be able to help. Used by businesses to determine employee preferences, it sorts people according to the following eight characteristics:

  • Extraversion (E) or Introversion (I)
  • Sensing (S) or Intuitive (N)
  • Feeling (F) or Thinking (T)
  • Judging (J) or Perceiving (P)

A graph from Career Assessment Site shows you the perfect job for each type.

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As noted above, the best careers for each personality are:

ESTJ: Chef

ISTJ: Systems administrator

ESFJ: Registered nurse

ISFJ: Kindergarten teacher

ESTP: Military officer

ISTP: Police officer

ESFP: Bartender

ISFP: Jeweler

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ENTJ: Physician

INTJ: Microbiologist

ENFJ: Minister

INFJ: Veterinarian

ENTP: Reporter

INTP: College professor

ENFP: Landscape architect

INFP: Fine artist

The test has believers in corporate HR departments: Business Insider reports that 80 percent of the Fortune 500, and 89 of Fortune 100 companies, use it with their employees. The goal is to help people succeed at work.

However, some scientists question the validity of the test, pointing out that it isn't accurate or rigorous enough to be considered a worthwhile assessment. Moreover, a person's preferences can change upon retaking the test.

Still, some test-takers, and some employers, find its conclusions helpful. For more on the different personality types, check out the MBTI's official website.

See also: Study: 'Personality factors' might save your job from the robots

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Editor's Note: This article has been updated and revised.

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