Which MBTI type suits University degrees?

Different MBTI types often suit different types of University degrees. Whilst in general introverts seem more interested in academia, there is a large variety in the type of people that do different types of degrees. Please note, there are definitely exceptions to the list below (this is just a broad statement into what is a common personality type of people in each degree).

  • Arts- INFP
  • Engineering- INTP
  • Foreign language- ISFP
  • Psychology- INFJ
  • Philosophy- INTP
  • Biology-  ISTJ
  • Law- ENTP
  • IT- INTP
  • Business Management- ENTJ
  • Marketing- ENTP
  • Commerce- ESTP
  • Politics- INTJ
  • Mathematics- INTJ
  • Physics- INTP
  • Chemistry- INTJ
  • Religious Studies- ISFJ
  • Communication- ESFP
  • Journalism- ENFJ
  • Geology- ISTJ
  • History- ISFJ
  • Geography- ISTJ
  • Education- ESFJ
  • Gender studies- ENFP
  • Sociology- ENFP
  • Social work- ENFJ
  • Welding- ESTP
  • Nursing- ESFJ
  • Accounting- ISTJ

I couldn’t cover everybody unfortunately as there are a huge range of degrees available (so let’s leave that on a positive). If I’ve missed any or you have any questions, leave them in the comment section below and I’ll get around to answering it!

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12 Responses to Which MBTI type suits University degrees?

  1. VgAcid says:

    I disagree with several of your picks. I will start off with mathematics. Because I write really long, analytical paragraphs, prepare for multiple comments.

    I argue mathematics is a much more INTP pursuit. I would first like to do a comparison of INTP and INTJ’s cognitive functions to demonstrate my point. The INTP consists of TiNeSiFe, while the INTJ NiTeFiSe.

    Ti is a more abstract, detached, subjective, and principle based function, while Te is somewhat the opposite. Ti is developing an internal logical framework. Only after an idea is scanned, will it then fit in here. The reason it is subjective is it is based on the users judgement, or that scanning part. This makes many INTP’s philosophers as a result. However Te is about using already known ideas to gain a foothold on their surroundings. This makes them a lot more objective but less caring about the internal workings of everything but rather of particulars in general. In order for Ti to accomplish this system of ideas, it had to be subjective, based on logical judgement rather then reality. This is the exact idea of math. We have a set of axioms to which we think are true, based off of excessive judgement, but have no official realistic manifestation of it to test it.

    Now to Ne vs Ni. Ne is divergent and ever inquisitive, like a web of ideas, while Ni is convergent and inquisitive than satisfied. It is more like filling in the blanks. That last part may make one think that INTJ is clearly better suited, but in reality this turns out not to be the cast. The problem, is that the Ni interaction with Te causes it to try to explain Te phenomena, which, because math is more idea based rather than in the real world, then makes it less compatible with Te. In addition, math is actually a lot more Ne then Ni. Recall how Ti is subjective, rather then objective in the real world. Then, it follows that Ti has to create axioms that aren’t objective in the real world. Then, to build up this theory, you would have to create, not discover, thus more Ne. Ne grabs the existing subjective axioms, and then find clever connections using Ne and justifying them using Ti. For example, given the natural numbers and the 4 basic operations will deduce something like this. Given the knowledge of all operations, shapes, and numbers there is (Or Ti scanning ideas, and then creating notations for it) Ne will then find correlations and connections between these things. It will remark how the sum of integers 1 to n is (n(n+1))/2, or prove that you can always inscribe a rectangle into a curve, by connecting rectangles to pairs of points on a line, to which you can connect points on a line to graphs, and then connect these to the surfaces of mobius strips. It will grab unusual and clever observations about distance between points, etc. Also, that last end is a beautiful proof —> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AmgkSdhK4K8&t=384s

    A final idea I would like to note is the INTPs tertiary Si. Si as basic as it can get, closes the case. This means that once they have examined an idea thoroughly, it will unlikely to move unless that idea can be shown to be wrong.

    We can draw a quick statement of each type and examine them. INTP’s, in general try to create a system of understanding(Ti) using creative connections(Ne). INTJ’s rather, have a preconceived notion of something that needs to happen or be tested (Ni), then attempt to accomplish it or test that idea.(Te) This makes the INTP, better suited for math and understanding, and the INTJ better for using these ideas and making something useful out of them.

    If you disagree with any of my ideas above, please note me.

  2. VgAcid says:

    I am inclined to put the ISTP on the position of economics, because of the switcharoo of the TiSe vs SeTi. The ISTP’s TiSe makes them more inclined to put a deep analysis on concrete problems, including economics, while the ESTP’s SeTi then makes them still able to put more analysis, but much more adaptable, and spontaneous. Then, ESTPs are greatest in physical activities that require quick but not as much analysis, like firefighter. Also, I believe the ISTP is better suited than personality types with N or Te, like ISTJ, INTP, or INTJ. The ISTP is better off then the INTP even though as an INTP myself like economics quite a bit. The reason for this is the difference between Ne and Se. Ne is more likely to be wondering about cosmic questions, with no intent to use it for something else, however Se is looking at the direct data, making it more practical. Also, while theoretical economics would be better for an INTP, a major in economics typically means you are advising organizations, making N somewhat less helpful. Usually ISTP > INTJ and ISTJ because Ti is able to give a full in depth analysis of the situation, while Te uses this to efficiently cause the change. Ti comes up with the idea, gives a diagnostic, but doesn’t implement, which is what an economist does.

    Next up, Business Management. I believe this would be better suited for the ESTJ. The ENTJ is TeNi while ESTJ is TeSi. While the ENTJ can definitely manage, they aren’t likely to want to micromanage every detail. Instead, they want to make everything run efficiently to accomplish some goal, while the ESTJ wants everything to run efficiently and safely, structured. This makes management less appealing to an ENTJ but entrepreneurship more appealing.

    I would like to knock off geology as well.

    Geology is better suited to a I based off of the intense nature of it, and to a t being a highly detached study. So we have IXTX, meaning we have to compare INTP, ISTP, INTJ, and ISTJ. I believe we can cross out INTP, because of the less cosmic ideas of it, the same goes with INTJ, so now we have ISTJ vs ISTP. The ISTJ has SiTeFiNe and the ISTP has TiSeNiFe, and here, I believe the ISTP excels. The ISTJ tends to be better to occupations that require high meticulous attention to structure, however geology tends to be more spontaneous. The three, TiSeNi seem perfect. The ISTP examines a physical object(Se) in nature using logic (Ti) to fill in gaps of understanding(Ni). However, the ISTJ is very very good at more sub disciplines in geology that require high attention to detail, while the ISTP is better zoomed out a bit.

    Finally, I will finish this long post with a critique on geography. Counter to popular belief, this is not about memorising every country that ever existed, computers do that for us. Instead, it is about finding connections between land and people. This makes a less intense and specialized degree but more of a broad one. Using the same arguments above, we find geography is an ST job. So we have to compare ISTP, ESTP, ISTJ, and ESTJ, or TiSeNiFe, SeTiFeNi, SiTeFiNe, TeSiNeFi. Ne, while not being as important, is important to find the connections, and as such, should be teritiary, giving us ESTJ. This may seem odd to get this result, so I better justify with more evidence. A geographer is less about learning new ideas and concepts but more about applying old ones to the new scenarios. This application is Te and the studying of the lands is Si. Ne then is used to draw connections to how this influences humans, etc.

    If you have any problems with my statements above, please let me know.

  3. VgAcid says:

    I will now add a few majors that are quite popular, and what I think you should put them as and why.

    Architecture – This one is hard. First off, we will narrow it down to a T, as even though you have to be semi aware of feelings, have to be more analytical in this way giving us XXTX. Next, it will be about creation of ideas, so N is necessary. Now we have XNTX This is going to be a lead N because of the more artistic appeal, so now we have either INTJ or ENTP. However, the focused nature of one whole structure gives Ni. In addition, architecture uses applied logic that is already known(Te), confirming this major as INTJ.

    Astronomy- It will be an NT clearly, but the intense focus on few questions makes it more I, giving us INTX. This is where it gets hard, differentiating between INTJ and INTP. We will lay out there functions. We get INTJ – NiTeFiSe & INTP – TiNeSiFe. However, astronomy tends to be more inductive, leaning towards Te, and thus, we get INTJ. Ni also allows the INTJ to grab huge swaths of data and find the underlying pattern within nature.

    Automotive Repair- ISTP, next

    Carpentry – This is a major more bent on practicality, so we get an S. It also has nothing to do with emotion or feelings so T. Now we have ST. This should be ISTP because of the strong dexterous Se, however analytical thinking is arguably more critical than godly athletics.

    Creative Writing – INFJ/ENFP/INFP, lead intuition with feeling to create magnificent worlds while tugging at readers heartstrings. INFP for poetry, INFJ for series of the same world, ENFP for multiple stories.

    Entrepreneurship – This is an ENT, because of the idea of going out there (E) with logical(T) progression to get an idea out there(N). So it is either an ENTJ or ENTP. In other words, TeNiSeFi vs NeTiFeSi. While the ENTP will be excited to create new inventions, the ENTJ will be better for the management. In addition, the ENTJ will have a better job focusing on the one goal of the company, courtesy of Ni. Thus, we have ENTJ.

  4. VgAcid says:

    Another comment, to which this is on IT. IT and computer science are actually very different, and computer science is for INTP’s. The reason for this is computer science is on the theory and logic of computing theory, giving us NT. It is primarily a Ti subject, as it is very similar in the way of coming up with its idea as math, discussed above. IT is about the application. This is still a NT field because of the abstract logic. Here, we must have dominant T, as it is based more on analytics, so we have INTP or ENTJ. Ti and Te both seem to do the job well in this field, so we go down to its second function, Ne or Ni. Here Ne seems to be the choice, as it is looking for solutions to a concrete problem, and doing that by exploring all the options vs Ni, which should interpret obscure but pertinent patterns, which doesn’t seem as useful as Ti. However, ENTJ is still incredibly good in IT.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Again, just like the “Which MBTI type makes good teachers and principles” article, not too far off. I’m an ENTP who wants to pursue either computer programming or marketing…or both =P. And both of those majors fit with xNTP. Law is not too far from my scope since I can definitely discuss politics, but because of how hostile politics has become, I don’t feel safe doing that. Physics was also a fun class but because I’m so impatient, I can’t really focus on the mathematics part itself part so well. But overall, pretty darn accurate

    • VgAcid says:

      In my opinion, some ones could do more work. Now, as an INTP, you can look at my rambling texts, but anyway, I feel math is INTP, due to its more subjective logic(Ti) and abstract(Ti) world where creating ideas and recognizing connections between ideas it more key than to grabbing a lot of data than finding some general principle(Ni). Astronomy should be included and have it be intj, with economics being istp because lead Ti, with Ni and Se being able to work together to see the trends in data. I would see business management ESTJ while Entrepreneurship ENTJ like, with a new one, say something to do with invention ENTP, due to resourceful Ne with analytical Ti. Geography, while seeming like a weird conclusion, makes be thing more ESTJ then ISTJ. And gender studies…. REALLY?

    • VgAcid says:

      I would recommend to you in this case, Marketing. If focusing is hard to you, run from programming, with all the swiftness of mercury, at least that is what I have been told and my research has shown me. However, don’t let the Mbti be the be all end all. You should consider these 6 things
      1. Interests- What type of field you want to work in
      2. Personality- How you are practicing in your field of interest
      3. Talents and Skills- What you are good at
      4. Downfalls and Negative Attributes- What you suck at
      5. Environment- The Working Conditions
      6. Pay, employment, you know, the dream crushers- The stuff that makes you cry

      Generally speaking, given any field of interest, any personality can fit given a different type of major and job, given a close connection to said personality type. For example, mathematics.

      INTP-Research Mathematician
      ISTJ-Accountant
      ENTP-Operations/Market Research Analyst
      INTJ – Astronomer
      ISTP – Economics
      INFP- Architect/Graphic Designer
      And so on, you get the idea

      Than, realize that if you were in the field of mathematics but had your skills in pragmatic thinking and coming up with creative solutions to problems, then you may want to be an Operations Research Analyst or work in economics.
      Now you go to downfalls.

      Lets say than that you are better at Information Technology than social sciences and finance. You can safely cross out Economics.

      Now you look for a job in operations research analyst with good working conditions, pay, all the good stuff.

      So I think your main problem is you got personality down but haven’t considered your interest at heart. Here is a nice way to find said passion. Think of something you do frequently. So frequently in fact you may get sick of it. But when you think you are bored with it, you just want to come right back. If this doesn’t exist and you are a master of all trades, than your passion will be in connecting or expressing said ideas, where a law in politics or journalism will certainly be good.

  6. kuzzuns says:

    Some of these are good matches, but I feel that, in general, N and F types are often misunderstood and underestimated. INFPs aren’t usually artists (painters, sculptors, etc.) because that field would probably attract concrete Sensing types. INFPs relate to the world around them through intuitive/abstract ideas and values, and most of all, INFPs love people although their deep personal feelings are usually hidden. Therefore, INFPs excel as writers, in languages, and as therapists/psychologists. INFPs aren’t judgmental of others, yet are very sensitive and aware and attuned to others, therefore they often accurately know when others are judging (misjudging) them and misunderstanding them. INFPs are excellent listeners. T types look down on them, but F types can be (and often are) just as smart or even smarter than T types. Instead of T being equated with thinking/logic (using one’s head) and F being equated with irrational feeling (using one’s “heart”), I believe it is more accurate to say that F types focus more on PEOPLE (or theories or ideas concerning people), whereas T types focus more on THINGS (or theories or ideas unrelated to people). And S types pay more attention to the CONCRETE (that which they can see, touch, taste, hear, smell, measure), whereas iNtuitive types pay more attention to the ABSTRACT, the intuition and “inner knowing” (so Concrete vs Abstract describes the difference between S vs N better than the words Sensing and iNtuition). As for the J/P distinction: J types like things to be structured and decided, they want to “get to the point”, to narrow things down and rule things out (>), but P types are the opposite. P’s want to keep expanding and broadening things, to gather more & more details, to be open and unstructured and to have ever-expanding possibilities (), and P should=unstructured, ever-expanding (<). Therefore, an INFP (INPF) is an introverted, abstract, ever-expansive PEOPLE-person, and an ESTJ is an extravert who is concrete and is into organizing & structuring THINGS (or theories), and so on. Am I wrong?

  7. kuzzuns says:

    Some words were mistakenly omitted from my previous post. Let me try once more: Some of these are good matches, but I feel that, in general, N and F types are often misunderstood and underestimated. INFPs aren’t usually artists (painters, sculptors, etc.) because that field would probably attract concrete Sensing types. INFPs relate to the world around them through intuitive/abstract ideas and values, and most of all, INFPs love people although their deep personal feelings are usually hidden. Therefore, INFPs excel as writers, in languages, and as therapists/psychologists. INFPs aren’t judgmental of others, yet are very sensitive and aware and attuned to others, therefore they often accurately know when others are judging (misjudging) them and misunderstanding them. INFPs are excellent listeners. T types look down on them, but F types can be (and often are) just as smart or even smarter than T types. Instead of T being equated with thinking/logic (using one’s head) and F being equated with irrational feeling (using one’s “heart”), I believe it is more accurate to say that F types focus more on PEOPLE (or theories or ideas concerning people), whereas T types focus more on THINGS (or theories or ideas unrelated to people). And S types pay more attention to the CONCRETE (that which they can see, touch, taste, hear, smell, measure), whereas iNtuitive types pay more attention to the ABSTRACT, the intuition and “inner knowing” (so Concrete vs Abstract describes the difference between S vs N better than the words Sensing and iNtuition). As for the J/P distinction: J types like things to be structured and decided, they want to “get to the point”, to narrow things down and rule things out (>), but P types are the opposite. P’s want to keep expanding and broadening things, to gather more & more details, to be open and unstructured and to have ever-expanding possibilities (), and P should=unstructured, ever-expanding (<). Therefore, an INFP (INPF) is an introverted, abstract, ever-expansive PEOPLE-person, and an ESTJ is an extravert who is concrete and is into organizing and structuring THINGS (or theories), and so on. Am I wrong?

  8. kuzzuns says:

    Here’s the last part again; it’s still being omitted: As for the J/P distinction: J types like things to be structured and decided, they want to “get to the point”, to narrow things down and rule things out (>), but P types are the opposite. P’s want to keep expanding and broadening things, to gather more & more details, to be open and unstructured and to have ever-expanding possibilities (), and P should=unstructured, ever-expanding (<). Therefore, an INFP (INPF) is an introverted, abstract, ever-expansive PEOPLE-person, and an ESTJ is an extravert who is concrete and is into organizing and structuring THINGS (or theories), and so on. Am I wrong?

  9. kuzzuns says:

    I figured out that several sentences between the “greater than” and “lesser than” symbols was being omitted from my previous posts. Here is the complete text without those symbols: “Some of these are good matches, but I feel that, in general, N and F types are often misunderstood and underestimated. INFPs aren’t usually artists (painters, sculptors, etc.) because that field would probably attract concrete Sensing types. INFPs relate to the world around them through intuitive/abstract ideas and values, and most of all, INFPs love people although their deep personal feelings are usually hidden. Therefore, INFPs excel as writers, in languages, and as therapists/psychologists. INFPs aren’t judgmental of others, yet are very sensitive and aware and attuned to others, therefore they often accurately know when others are judging (misjudging) them and misunderstanding them. INFPs are excellent listeners. T types look down on them, but F types can be (and often are) just as smart or even smarter than T types. Instead of T being equated with thinking/logic (using one’s head) and F being equated with irrational feeling (using one’s “heart”), I believe it is more accurate to say that F types focus more on PEOPLE (or theories or ideas concerning people), whereas T types focus more on THINGS (or theories or ideas unrelated to people). And S types pay more attention to the CONCRETE (that which they can see, touch, taste, hear, smell, measure), whereas iNtuitive types pay more attention to the ABSTRACT, the intuition and “inner knowing” (so Concrete vs Abstract describes the difference between S vs N better than the words Sensing and iNtuition). As for the J/P distinction: J types like things to be structured and decided, they want to “get to the point”, to narrow things down and rule things out (), but P types are the opposite. P’s want to keep expanding and broadening things, to gather more & more details, to be open and unstructured and to have ever-expanding possibilities ().
    Everyone agrees that I=introvert and E=extravert, but I feel that the other functions are somewhat mislabeled and misunderstood. S should=concrete, and N should=abstract ideas. T should=things, and F should=people. J should=structured, narrowing down (), and P should=unstructured, ever-expanding (). Therefore, an INFP (INPF) is an introverted, abstract, ever-expansive PEOPLE-person, and an ESTJ is an extravert who is concrete and is into organizing and structuring THINGS (or theories), and so on. Am I wrong?”

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