Best fitting jobs for your personality

By Scot Herrick | Job Search

Apr 11

It can be very challenging to find a job you enjoy and that matches your personality type. Most HR and career experts divide different personalities into areas like energy level, thinking style, personal values, and lifestyle. Here are four jobs for these four types of personalities.

Energy Level
Extroverts have high energy levels and enjoy socializing. They tend to excel in jobs that require hands-on work, and face-to-face interaction. Possible jobs include an attorney, police officer, and business supervisor. Attorneys apply their vast understanding of legal regulations and the court systems to help their clients resolve their problems. They interview people, conduct in-depth research, mediate disputes, and facilitate communication between various parties. Lawyers must also have excellent analytical, interpersonal and organizational skills. A master’s degree in law or business is a good choice for those with high energy levels.

For introverted, or more low-energy types, jobs behind the scenes like editors, copywriters, and developers might be a wise choice.

Thinking Style
Some people are sensory based learners and prefer to work with their hands, while others are intuitive and like abstract ideas and theories. Technical occupations that require continual physical activity include a chef, mechanic, and construction supervisor. Occupations that require intense thinking and a high intelligence are found in the fields of science, computers, and engineering. For example, a carpenter is an excellent entry-level occupation for someone who likes to think with their hands. With the right education, a carpenter may become a construction supervisor, building inspector, or even an architect.

Personal Values
Some people are driven by the feeling they get helping others, but others rely on intelligence to problem solve and feel satisfaction. Ideal industries for personal feeling people include education, psychology, health care, and language arts. Social services offer excellent careers in counseling and social work. Health care professionals must have an equal balance of empathy and intelligence and may find work as speech pathologists, physical therapists, and medical researchers. Language arts careers include everything from graphic design, to travel writing, to library science.

Lifestyle
The lifestyle of the personality refers to the preferences for either order or chaos. Some people prefer structure and organization, but others enjoy freedom and flexibility. Those who prefer structure may enjoy working as accountants, engineers, and public officials. Those who enjoy unique challenges and daily chaos will excel as entrepreneurs, real estate agents, and restaurant managers. A liberal arts degree is an ideal choice for those who want to have more career options and flexibility.

Overall, there are a number of specific careers to fit many types of personalities. To explore more careers and job outlooks, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistic’s Occupational Outlook Handbook.


Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most her time hiking, biking and gardening. For more information contact Brooke via Twitter @BrookeChaplan.

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Scot Herrick is the author of “I’ve Landed My Dream Job–Now What???” and owner of Cube Rules, LLC. Scot has a long history of management and individual contribution in multiple Fortune 100 corporations.