Careers for ENTP- Best and Worse Choices

Are you an ENTP? If you are, then you’re probably aware of the high potential running through your veins. A key way to unlocking this potential is by choosing a career that brings out your strengths. Finding a bunch of careers for an ENTP might seem easy. However, it can be confusing.

This article will talk about your career options. It will also talk about the best ways to be productive in a work environment. By the end of this article, you should be able to make a decision.

What do ENTPs Look for in a Career?

ENTPs are quick-witted and spontaneous people. The best careers for ENTPs will be one filled with a lot of excitement and unpredictability.

ENTPs are great problem solvers. Thus, having to use their creative minds to solve issues will give them the thrill of their lives. They want a career that will make them come alive. I’m afraid anything other than that will not do.

ENTPs are the jack of all trades. This might be down to their willingness to leave one career path for another even when settled. They want something challenging, not something stable.

If they get both in one career, even better! ENTPs want a career that they are truly passionate about.

How to Get the Best out of the ENTPs in the WorkPlace

Wondering how you can get the best of an ENTP at work? Here are some things that might help.

1.      Flexible Working Hours

ENTPs are not so great at staying all structured. They want to work on their own terms and when they feel like it.

This means that ENTPs might not be the perfect candidates for a 9-5 job. Having a bit of flexibility will do wonders for them. They want to pick the hours they work and how they work.

Give a matured ENTP this freedom and they will be much more productive. Note, I said matured. That’s hugely important.

2.      Mental Stimulation

ENTPs want to be mentally stimulated at work. They want to constantly develop and be better versions of themselves. Thus, a career that helps them stay mentally stimulated will often come first on their list.

It is also important to make sure you surround them with the right people. This will help enhance their quality.

3.      Their Role Should Be Creative

ENTPs are the masters of creativity. They are the ultimate game-changer when it comes to thinking outside the box.

They have a way of solving problems using ideas that you probably never thought about. So, if you have an ENTP in your organization, make sure you give them something creative to do.

4.      They Like Influential Jobs

ENTPs want to have some form of influence. After all, that charisma they possess cannot go to waste. So, ENTPs will often want their job to give them some sort of power or influence.

The choice of influence or power will depend on the ENTP. ENTP 8w7s will generally want a bit more power from their job. Likely they will want to be more independent.

ENTP 7w8s will want more influence. This means these ENTPs will want to meet people considered to be powerful. If their job can give them this opportunity, even better!

5.      Colleagues Play a Big Role

ENTPs want to have people who are alike in the same room. Remember that their leading function is the extroverted intuition (Ne). Thus, they want to express themselves freely and be mentally stimulated.

When their colleagues can do this, the ENTP will feel happier and will like that they are constantly developing. Nothing makes them happier.

What ENTPs don’t want at their Workplace

1.      Detail-Oriented jobs

ENTPs are not good with details, period. They just don’t want to be bogged down by having to sort through numbers and figures for the rest of their lives.

So, giving them a detailed-oriented job is torture. This is actually true of most intuitive types. They want jobs that are more creative and about the big picture.

ENTP’s dislike for details might have something to do with the introverted sensing function (Si). This is their 4th function and the least developed.

2.      Mundane Jobs

Rinse and repeat jobs are not for the ENTP. You’ll just bore them to death. They need something that brings constant progress. They want to see their efforts pay off.

They want to do tasks that change daily. You’ll get a very unproductive ENTP if you place them in a role that requires routine activities.

Sooner or later, the ENTP is going to be on the move.

3.      Structure is not their thing

ENTPs do not like structure. They struggle with it and feel caged. Thus, if they work in an environment where people are micromanaged, it’s going to affect their performance.

They don’t want to be in an environment where their colleagues are rigid and simply follow the rules. That is the equivalent of torture to them.

Best Careers for ENTP Across All Categories

Entertainment/Media

·        Actor/Actress

ENTPs will excel in the entertainment industry for several reasons. First, they have all the charisma it takes. They are also very witty. This will appeal to people and leave them wanting more. It also helps that a lot of characters in movies are ENTPs.

They can simply be themselves. Just ask Robert Downey Jr. He has starred in so many blockbuster movies. He is a textbook version of an ENTP.

·        Travel Blogger

ENTPs can be great writers. However, they will only truly excel when it’s something they love. We’re willing to bet that the majority of ENTPs love to travel.

Thus, having a blog about their travels and all the exciting places they visit will be exciting. Of course, knowing the ENTP, they’ll want to keep expanding. However, that’s a topic for another day.

Other career options that will be perfect for them in the entertainment and media niche includes

  • PR specialist
  • Editor (ENTP 5w4)
  • Reporter
  • Journalist
  • Art Director
  • Translator

Best Careers for the ENTP in the Legal Field and Law Enforcement

·        Lawyer

Most people regard the ENTP as the debater or the lawyer type. It’s easy to see why. They have the skills to win any debate they enter.

They can see matters from all sides. They also relish being the underdog. These are clear signs of a criminal attorney. ENTPs will be great lawyers.

ENTPs will also make great detectives.

Best Careers in the Medical Field

·        Psychologist

ENTPs make use of extroverted feeling (Fe). Though not on the same level with the ENFJ and ESFJ, this allows ENTPs to read their environment perfectly.

They can also understand how people might react to a certain situation. The difference with them is that they might still not care.

However, when you add this ability with seeing all perspectives, you can easily see why ENTPs will make great psychologists.

·        Scientist

Some of the best scientists in the world have been ENTPs. ENTPs have a passion for learning new things. They want to explore the various possibilities and take huge risks.

Their curiosity can take them into the field of science. This is where anything is possible after all. The ENTP will definitely have a wild time as a scientist.

Here are other career paths in the medical field

  • Mental therapists
  • Physician
  • Sociologist
  • Astronomer

Best Careers for ENTP in the Corporate World

·        Entrepreneur

ENTPs are one of the most likely types to succeed as an entrepreneur. They are adaptable, great thinkers, and really passionate about what they do.

ENTPs are also great at starting things. I have nothing to say about their ability to end them though! Their skills and qualities make them the perfect entrepreneur.

Other careers for ENTPs in the corporate world include

  • Economist
  • Director
  • Executive
  • CEO
  • Sales Representative

Best Careers for ENTP in Sports

·        Bowling

Bowling offers ENTPs some of the things they love. It’s unpredictable and produces different results. It’s also competitive. ENTPs love to learn something new and mastering how to bowl is no mean feat.

They’ll definitely keep coming back for more.

·        Badminton

Badminton is just the right sport for the ENTP. It’s super-fast and exciting. It’s also not just about smashing a ball.

It takes skill and intelligence to outsmart your opponents. That is what the ENTP is all about after all.

Other career paths in sports for the ENTP include

  • Table Tennis
  • Volley Ball
  • Lawn Tennis
  • Hockey
  • Soccer
  • Freediving
  • Swimming
  • Chess

See you at the Olympics.

Careers for ENTP in Engineering/Technology

·        Software Engineering

Software engineering is definitely something that will appeal to the ENTP. They love a good challenge and this career path will certainly deliver.

They are also very logical. The presence of their introverted thinking (Ti) makes this a great choice.

Other career paths that are open to ENTPs in this niche include

  • Software Developer
  • Web Design
  • Information Research Scientist

Other Career Paths that ENTPs might also Enjoy

  • Chef
  • Historian
  • Politician
  • Archaeologist
  • Regional Planner

Careers that ENTPs Should Definitely Avoid

While having passion and expertise for a job is important, some jobs just don’t fit the ENTP. However, we acknowledge that people are different and are influenced by various factors.

So, take this with a pinch of salt. Here are the careers that are worth avoiding as an ENTP.

  • Paralegal
  • Missionary
  • Auditor
  • Accounting
  • Book Keeper
  • Clergy
  • Social Worker
  • Pre-school Teacher
  • Pilot
  • Nurse
  • Librarian

ENTPs usually do not have a problem when it comes to finding a great career path. According to Truity, they are one of the types that are likely to out-earn other types.

While these are just statistics, it’s definitely something to work with.

Ejike Umesi is the owner of Personality Hunt. He is an ENTP, lawyer and is very enthusiastic about psychology. In his spare time, he can be seen watching football or reading more about the enneagrams!

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