Finding the Right Major and Career for Your Personality

By Brenda on July 27th, 2011


We often read about how important personality type is when finding the right relationship but what about finding a career that is a good match for your personality? Many people overlook this important factor when deciding on their college major and career and end up feeling they made the wrong choice.

Finding the right major and career is about fit and the fact of the matter is that some personality types are great fits for certain jobs and areas of study while others are not. Let’s take a closer look.

For the sake of this article we have chosen the personality model that includes six different types of personalities and matched them up with corresponding careers are typically good matches for these types of people.

The Hands-On Realist

This type of person enjoys working with their hands. They are typically straightforward people and like to cut to the chase. They enjoy working with physical objects. Career choices for these individuals may include:

  • Electrician
  • Mechanic
  • Dentist
  • Physician

The Investigator

These individuals are analytical and very inquisitive. They are the type of people who need to collect and analyze data before making any decision. They are usually very intellectual and will question things not backed with sound, rational data. Some great careers for these individuals are:

  • Professor
  • Veterinarian
  • Librarian
  • Research scientist
  • Software Developer
  • Private Investigator

The Artist

Artistic people are generally creative and have a great imagination. They can also be very good at solving problems but in a non-traditional way that differs from investigative types. They often possess a great deal of intuition. Common careers for “the artist” include:

  • Landscapers
  • Graphic designers
  • Actors
  • Artists
  • Interior Designers
  • Chefs
  • Writers
  • Producers

The Social Butterfly

These people are the life of the party and enjoy being around people. They often end up in professions where they assist people or lead people because of their communication and social skills. Common careers for these people include social worker, teacher, nurse, psychiatrist, physical therapist, lawyer, and professor.

The Entrepreneur

This personality type is characterized by their competitive nature and high energy. They often end up as leaders and entrepreneurs and like to focus on the big picture rather than doing the detail work. They enjoy delegating and planning. Other than owning their own business these people are great at being:

  • Financial managers
  • Account Executives
  • Sales managers
  • High level executives
  • Administrators

The Average “Joe”

These people are not necessarily boring or bland but they like to follow the rules and are conservative by nature. They are great planners, detailed oriented, and on-time. Compatible careers include:

  • Accountants
  • Financial Planners
  • Technical Writers
  • Engineers
  • Inspectors

Most people are a mixture of more than one personality type but have a dominant one. No matter what your personality type there are several career paths out there that are a great fit.





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