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Old 20th-January-2010, 05:12 AM   #1
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I want an INTP who has a job they love to post that job here.

It would be a plus if it is something that requires little education (as in school training).

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Old 20th-January-2010, 05:15 AM   #2
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I have a temporary job that I've ended up loving, I work at my college's library. It certainly doesn't take much education or training.

If you are not in college, you could work at the public library.

I love the job because it actually pays decently, is not to far from where I live, is easy, yet not completely boring, and gives me plenty of time to do my work.
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Old 20th-January-2010, 11:30 AM   #3
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I like my part-time job of inventing things which will change the world. I also like my usual job of consulting, my occasional job of freeform technical writing, and my dream job of philanthropist investor.
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Old 20th-January-2010, 12:04 PM   #4
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Kung fu instructor. I teach an integrated system of physical, mental and spiritual development with lots of variety. On any given day, I get to talk about physics, metaphysics, religion, philosophy and history while teaching a really cool and nasty fighting style. I love it!. I suppose it helps that most of my students are also NT's.
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Old 20th-January-2010, 01:18 PM   #5
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I like my job. Im a chef at a small Italian place. I make great money. I go to work at 4 30 pm and work no later than 9. Usually 8 30, 5 days a week.

I used to struggle with the lack of prestige, but I dont anymore. I have more than enough money, but more importantly i have freedom. Its 7 in the morning right now. i will probably sleep till 2. Get up have coffee and read the 30 or so blogs, the 10 news sources, and 20 forums I read a day. Check my portfolio and then go to work.

Its "enough" money, and "tons" of time.

also I dont mind cooking. The fact that people are paying for something they want in a timely manner gives me a little help with the procrastination.

Relative to many others now and in times past, I live like a king. Find a job that affords that.
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Old 20th-January-2010, 01:37 PM   #6
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i work for a local conveyancing company doing tech support, i kinda fell into it from an early age , and i dont know why but technology seems to talk to me so im cool with it, i am studying kung fu tho and hope to eventually have my own gwoo with a tea shop below lol
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Old 20th-January-2010, 01:52 PM   #7
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When I was at uni, I used to instruct MA - but found the money & practical/physical challenges was lacking

Currently a derivatives trader - meritocracy, autonomy, challenging, dynamic, very well rewarded, and will bode well for further independence in the future when I am more experienced.

Only of late have I found more time for my hobbies, but the beginning is always the hardest for any pursuit.
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Old 22nd-January-2010, 05:26 PM   #8
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I don't know if I'd go so far as to say that I love my job, but I do like it.

I'm an engineer at a medical device company. My primary responsibilities are auditing (both our production and our paperwork) and corrective actions. Basically, I'm supposed to find and fix problems.

I've found that the problem solving itself has enough variety to keep me mostly entertained, even if the subject matter isn't all that exciting. The paperwork is tedious, but I don't think I'd completely happy with a job that didn't require me to think (most jobs I know of that require higher-level thinking have significant paperwork involved).

The people can be very much a pain to work with, but that's more specific to my current company (almost exclusively an ExxJ crowd, which is draining). That, and I have to share an office with someone who is a less-than-brilliant (suspected) ESFJ. Ugh. I'd rather move my desk in the bathroom.

Anyway, I think I would love the job if it was more mixed personality-wise and I didn't have that constant yapping behind me.

Edit: Keeping more in line with your topic (sorry...), I worked in a pool store as a summer job and I loved it. It was primarily run-of-the-mill stuff like testing water, stocking shelves, etc. There was just enough interaction with people to break up the day and the job was quiet enough that I had plenty of time in my own head. I might have gotten bored if I did it longer than a summer, but it's hard to say for sure.
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Old 22nd-January-2010, 10:39 PM   #9
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Professor maybe. I would have an entire class to experiment on.
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Old 23rd-January-2010, 03:08 AM   #10
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Litigation/Family Law Attorney

Pros: intellectual stimulation, utilizing my research/writing/analytical skills; making a postive impact on people's lives, contributing to the evolution of law, and a decent (though somewhat overrated) income;

Cons: Dealing with needy and demanding clients, lack of appreciation for your efforts, having to navigate office politics, appeasing the egomaniacal partners, long work hours, constant drama and conflict, seeing the dark side of humanity on a daily basis, judges consistently making mind-boggling rulings, the never-ending solicitations from random people for free legal advice, and in my area of practice, the destruction of any remaining belief I had in the institution of marriage.
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Old 24th-June-2010, 06:49 AM   #11
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The solicitations for free legal advice coupled with the long work hours...sounds like a deal-breaker to me. There are other ways to get intellectual stimulation via a job while making a positive impact on humanity.

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Litigation/Family Law Attorney

Pros: intellectual stimulation, utilizing my research/writing/analytical skills; making a postive impact on people's lives, contributing to the evolution of law, and a decent (though somewhat overrated) income;

Cons: Dealing with needy and demanding clients, lack of appreciation for your efforts, having to navigate office politics, appeasing the egomaniacal partners, long work hours, constant drama and conflict, seeing the dark side of humanity on a daily basis, judges consistently making mind-boggling rulings, the never-ending solicitations from random people for free legal advice, and in my area of practice, the destruction of any remaining belief I had in the institution of marriage.
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Old 24th-June-2010, 06:52 AM   #12
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Not quite sure if my feeling function is developed enough for this, but I plan on undertaking training as a school psychologist. What do folks think of this as an INTP profession? Say what you want, I can take it.
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Old 24th-June-2010, 10:50 AM   #13
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Im a tech consultant for a prominent software company, I get to fly around Europe and work at client sites to implement ERP solutions, or troubleshoot existing ones. I'm 38 years old and I can probably say that my existence on this team is an evolution of various career choices and experience in various sectors - and a little bit of luck of the 'who you know, not what you know type'.

The travel is both a good thing and a bad thing. This job is not the dream job many people think it is, but the up sides are getting to play with relatively bleeding edge multimillion dollar hardware and software products, as an INTP I'm probably one of the best troubleshooters on the team as I can really dig deep into the architecture or the code and come up with novel solutions. As long as my functional colleagues keep the rest of the world at bay, I can spend my time deep in thought trying to work out stuff.

Probably more relevant (and achievable) to you is my background as a DBA and Unix Admin which I've enjoyed because it is a reactive job, ie doesnt mean I live to much of a schedule, arrive at work 2 hours late, check my monitoring and maintenance scripts that I developed and then spend the rest of the day surfing the net, fobbing off random stupid requests. One thing to note, DBAs can either be badass or supercool. The nicer you are to people at work (note, tolerate the stupid requests you get asked to do and help them out), the more friends you make and the strangest of opportunities can open up years later - hence the ability to evolve careers and find even more interesting jobs to get involved with. Application DBAs are often at the top of the food chain in any serious tech shop as they are usually relied on when no one else can help. They know how the application is put together as well as knowing the underlying infrastructure. Its one of those demigod positions
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Old 26th-June-2010, 05:57 AM   #14
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Old 28th-June-2010, 09:57 PM   #15
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I'm an engineer myself and I think it CAN work, but I think it very much depends on the specific job and company you end up at. Most engineering jobs require a lot of paperwork, which might not be ideal for INTPs.
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Old 14th-July-2010, 06:46 AM   #16
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I was a middle school teacher in Korea... it was easy, but not challenging so I got bored with it. I loved the kids and not knowing what was going on. Ignorance can be bliss.

Now I'm going to seminary, but am seriously considering law school.
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Old 14th-July-2010, 10:42 PM   #17
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I had a position as an unpaid assistant instructor of t'ai chi, it was one of my favorite activities ever. Like the kung fu instructor who posted earlier, gave me a chance to discuss all sorts of fascinating aspects. I haven't done this in several years, but I plan to do it again someday, perhaps not until I retire (which I hope will be within several years).

My paid job is as a lawyer. I won't talk about my current position because I don't like it since they changed the job requirements. Previously, here and at a previous employer, I worked on contracts - identifying the contractual needs, writing the documents, negotiating the deals. That was a great practice and I'm trying to get back to that. The aspects that require personal interaction such as client counseling and negotiation took personal development on my part, but that actually benefited me as well as enabled me to do better with the work itself. Frankly I was aided in that by CLE seminars on topics of negotiation in particular ... as well as practice, practice, practice.

My favorite contracting work was in the area of technology agreements, also telecommunications which is a form of technology of course. It isn't surprising that technology and intellectual property interest me as the subject matter for contracts - that's stuff that probably any INTP would eat up. Probably why I consider working on technology contracts to be like brain candy, and will be happy when I can get "back there".

I have a new INTP friend who quite interestingly is a truck driver / instructor. He's been doing truck driving work for 30 years and a number of years ago they added instructional work to his duties. So everywhere he's driving, he has an apprentice or student driver. This allows him to include the theoretical knowledge with just enough personal interaction that's enjoyable and good for him. I also suspect that the hands-on tangible aspects of the work, including attention to safety detail, probably has helped him be a better balanced, scheduled, and structured person, probably to his overall benefit. He does come across to me as well-balanced, which I think is very nice (blush).

Someday I hope to add another position, sailing instructor. I used to help teach sailing, mainly when I was in college and part of the sailing club. I envision that in retirement, I should be able to engage in this, whether paid or unpaid.

When I was in high school, I had a part-time job I loved, working in a music store. Actually it was a chain of music stores, most days I worked back in the inventory area and sometimes I was out on the retail floor helping customers. Since I played the violin and recorder as a youth, this job was great because it "played" (heh) to my musical interests, which I'm guessing is another INTP trait. The interpersonal interaction wasn't too much, and I was happy enough interacting with customers who were also musically inclined because I could respect that interest.

The original question included the component, a job that doesn't require too much training. That music store job I had in high school didn't require any training, at least none that I can recall. Previously I'd worked a minor retail job (part-time holiday help at a major retailer) and I was a musician, so those things helped, but I don't know that they were absolutely necessary.
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Old 14th-July-2010, 10:47 PM   #18
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its not an official job, but more of an individual contract, but im a chacha "guide". chacha is a free mobile service where you text them a question and they will text the answer to you. Guides are the people that sit at there computer and look up the answer. you can work whenever you want and wherever you want and for how long you want. they pay you electronically.

anyway, you cant make a fortune with it, but i like it and its really convenient.
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Old 15th-July-2010, 07:08 AM   #19
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I'm a web designer and internet marketer. I enjoy building brands, graphics, websites, and online marketing strategies for local businesses, but it would be better if the economy was slightly less shitty.
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Old 17th-July-2010, 12:10 PM   #20
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I'm a moped mechanic at the moment. Great for someone interested in engines and electric systems, as I happen to be... Most repairs/services are done within a couple of hours, so not enough time to get bored. There are a million diffrent possible problems so lots of variation, when you can not figure out what's wrong you just put it aside and work on another moped with simple problems or a common service so you can leave your brain in neutral and let it find the solution.

The downside it that mopeds belong to people, and repairing mopeds forces you to interact with the owners...


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Old 23rd-July-2010, 06:14 PM   #21
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I was surprised how much I enjoy power plant operations. The job is varied enough to keep me (somewhat) interested. No contact with the public. Little paperwork. You feel like you're making something real and useful (if somewhat intangible).
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I'm an astrophysicist. Sorry, it requires a lot of education - 4 years of college and then 5-6 years (or more) of grad school. After that, you typically have to do two postdocs (like residency for medical doctors) of about 2-3 years each before you'll get a semi-permanent position. And it can't all be done in the same place (well, it could, in principle, but it would look bad). It's a fun job, but it takes forever to finally settle down, and even then, you do a lot of traveling. And it's stressful for other reasons, as well.
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