What Job Should I Have Based on My Personality Traits?

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The average person spends around one-third of their lifetime at work [1]. According to Gettysburg College, this figure translates into about 90,000 hours. Before you dedicate 90,000 hours to a career, it’s worth it to thoroughly explore the question, “What job should I have?” The following article matches potential career paths to personality traits, preferences, and interests. Consider using it to find a job that’s right for you. 

What job should I have based on my interests?

This section is recommended for those who wonder, “What career do I want?” Choosing a career can be a trial-and-error process for many people. Some people spend years working at a corporation before leaving to start their own business. Others starting working in one industry like marketing or sales and discover plenty to explore once they start gaining experience.

Think about activities you enjoy outside of work. It’s possible to find a career that incorporates those things you love. When your job involves your passions or aligns with your values, you may feel more motivated when you start work each day. The following sections organize helpful links for exploring interest-based career paths.

Careers for people who love video games

If you enjoy playing video games and consuming gaming-related content, use the articles below to help you find a career. 

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Careers for people who are passionate about health and fitness

If taking care of your body is important to you, your ideal career might involve helping others do the same. The list below includes a few careers that focus on nourishing the body and mind.

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Careers for people who love people

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Careers for people who like popular culture and trending topics

Do you spend a lot of time on social media? If you’re always the first to know about the latest trends, your personality type might be ideal for the jobs below. 

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What job should I have if I’m an introvert?

Many careers require consistent communication and collaboration with others. For someone who prefers to work alone, these conditions can be stressful. Thankfully, introverts have several options. The next section aims to answer the question, “What job should I have if I don’t like talking to people?”

Careers for people who prefer to work alone

Some people thrive when working independently. The career options below tend to emphasize independent work and study. 

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Careers for people who want to work from home

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What job should I have based on my personal strengths?

Your interests and preferences are important to consider when selecting a career path. They may lead you to a career path you hadn’t yet considered. The sections below match career paths to common skills and strengths. 

Careers for creative people

Are you creative? Do you have an eye for visual design? Incorporate these career paths into your job search.

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Careers for leaders

The careers below are most suitable for someone with great leadership skills. 

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Careers for tech-savvy people

Do you enjoy learning about and using the latest technologies? Consider the careers outlined in the articles below. 

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What other resources can help me answer, “What job should I have?”

It’s okay if none of the occupations above feel like a good fit. You can explore more career-focused content on our articles homepage. Suppose you’d prefer to gain insight by answering multiple-choice questions in a career assessment. In that case, you can take the Career Quiz from the Wisconsin Technical College System. For additional career aptitude tests, try browsing Monster.com’s Top 10 Career Tests list. 

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Article sources

  1. Gettysburg College. “One-third of Your Life is Spent at Work, https://www.gettysburg.edu/news/stories?id=79db7b34-630c-4f49-ad32-4ab9ea48e72b#:~:text=The%20average%20person%20will%20spend%2090%2C000%20hours%20at%20work%20over%20a%20lifetime.” Accessed August 23, 2022.

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