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What kind of jobs/careers are type ones best suited for?

Ones at their BEST are:
* Ethical
* Idealistic
* Productive
* Reliable
* Fair
* Honest
* Self-disciplined
* Conscientious
* Helpful
* Objective
* Caring
* Compassionate
* Witty
* Practical
* Responsible
* Supportive
* Honest
* Reliable

Ones at their WORST are:
* Judgmental
* Inflexible
* Controlling
* Worrying
* Argumentative
* Nit-picking
* Uncompromising
* Stubborn
* Overly serious
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I say pick whatever career you feel suits you best. Look at your skills, abilities, and interests. I think when people make a career choice based on these things, they are more likely to end up with a good fit. And if your job is a good fit, then it can be a source of self-improvement and a way to contribute to society in your own way.

Personally, I'm planning to become a legal assistant (being a lawyer would be too stressful for me- I considered law school years ago and discovered it wasn't for me). I have researched this field extensively and find that it fits well with my skills, abilities, and interests. Also, I've always had a strong sense of justice and want to be able to help those who are victims of violent crimes or unjust laws, even if it's just in a small way. Strange how I'm fed up with a lot of the laws where I live, and yet that is one of the things that seems to be drawing me to the legal field.
 

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I have a degree in civil engineering and was planning on being a licensed professional engineer for awhile. I have EIT status and just need 4 years of work experience before I can sit for the licensing examination, but I don't really think it's for me anymore. It's really hands off, mostly analysis and following strict building codes which conflicts with my SP nature, though it seems like a good fit for a type one. I'm working as a carpenter now and it fits fairly well, I've been mostly doing repairs and remodeling, making old buildings better, and I get to work hard and really earn my wages by the sweat of my brow. It's also quite spontaneous and about 90% hands-on which I like. I feel like I'm not utilizing my true potential though and the people I work with at times leave much to be desired. Both areas I've worked toward have also been really impersonal, focused on economics and efficiency, and this may have been a mistake.

I'm starting to understand how to satisfy the ISFP aspect of my personality, but I haven't had as much experience looking at the type one aspect and I'm wondering what kind of careers type one's truly enjoy.

Personally, I've been wondering if I should try going to medical school to be a surgeon or maybe starting my own business.
 

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I found this in the "Enneagram 1 and Wings" thread.

Does anybody have additional sources of career info for Enneagram Type Ones?

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Some 1/9s find work that allows them to express their talents for quietly performing precisely detailed tasks. Accountants, bank executives, tax advisers, computer programmers, technical analysts. Others feel best when they can further a cause, maybe even in a public position. Politicians, economists, political analysts, linguists, or clergy. 1/9s are also found among teachers (usually of dry subjects, like math, history, or finance), administrators, account executives, and in the media as political reporters and columnists. There are 1/9 inventors, psychologists, and research scientists. Of course, 1/9s can also be found doing many other kinds of work.

Some 1/2s find work that expresses an urge to help other people become perfect. Teachers of all kinds, but particularly languages, humanities, science, and medicine. Doctors, dentists, physicians, surgeons, health counsellors. Dieticians, tour guides, advice columnists. Another common direction is towards discriminating legal wisdom. Court judges, prosecuting attorneys, criminal analysts, and legislators. A 1/2 might find a way to champion a cause. Environmental crusaders, public safety specialists, regulators of morals and ethics, religious leaders, charismatic preachers. There are 1/2 ship captains, superheroes, actors, and mathematicians. Of course, 1/2s can also be found doing many other kinds of work.
 

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I am currently going to school for Accounting (though I wanted to be an English major, a Radiographer, a Clinical Lab Technician before that). I feel really good about accounting - not because I've always had an affinity for math, but because it has limited people-interaction (unlike in professions Nursing or customer service or teaching) and attention toward detail (which I also have an eye for @LittleB81). I also really like money because I know how to use it, unlike 95% of people in America who piss it away.

But overall, I would assume that careers for E1 would have to be something detail-oriented or something that allows constant improvement, such as architecture or the like, since E1s just love improving things.
 
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I think self-improvement can be achieved in a number of career fields, not just the ones listed as "most ideal" for E1s. Everyone is an individual, after all, with their own unique talents and abilities. Different people have different positive things to contribute to this world.
 

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My sister is a 1 (INTJ as well) and I think she'd be great in academia, namely as a professor of Fine Art, Art History, etc.
That being said, I also think she's well suited for entrepreneurship or any CEO-level position that gives her power and weight because she has what it takes to lead by example, is decisive, ethical, and highly competent and knows how to handle the heat.
Oh, and if she didn't take the art route in her studies and went the science/math one instead, she would have probably pursued forensic science. She knows how to handle details and has precision in her thinking. Geez, you 1s and your precision. :)
 

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IT, middle to upper managerial positions, professor/teachers should be favored. If you have a passion to anything it can be done well, but I find I need to effect other people with my craft. I think it is part of projecting that goodness you treasure in yourself outward to better the world.
 

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I am not sure how much enneagram relates to careers. There is such a variety of talents that type 1s might have, and a lot of it would depend on one's MBTI type and one's natural talents as well.

Are all type 1s really precise, or is that just related to the fact that most of us in this thread have dominant Si or Ni?
 

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I am not sure how much enneagram relates to careers. There is such a variety of talents that type 1s might have, and a lot of it would depend on one's MBTI type and one's natural talents as well.

Are all type 1s really precise, or is that just related to the fact that most of us in this thread have dominant Si or Ni?
I think there may be a tendency among Type 1s to be precise, although the way in which the precision manifests itself will vary from individual to individual. For me, aiming for precision in tasks that matter to me is a way of "trying to get it right" or "practicing something until I get it the way I like it." So for instance, if I'm writing a resume, I want to get that thing exactly right. I look up standard resume formats, make sure what I've written compares nicely to that format, get my document all organized and neat, edit the damn thing more times than I can count, and then, I'm finally done (although never quite satisfied). I value employment and I also value my writing ability (I've been told that I'm a gifted writer, and I want to honor my gifts/talents, for lack of a better expression).

I think, too, that I sometimes look for precision without consciously thinking of it. I once worked in a library. I was assigned the task of finding mis-shelved books, and I could spot them from a mile away (mismatched call numbers really stand out, lol). I am very, very good at pattern recognition and pick up on visual cues easily. I don't know if I always had such a good eye for detail, but in my adult years, I somehow managed to develop that skill. I think it's because, in a way, I'm always on the look out for things that don't belong in my environment.

Hope this long-winded post made some sense. If not, feel free to ask questions.
 

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Are all type 1s really precise, or is that just related to the fact that most of us in this thread have dominant Si or Ni?
I also think all ones are fairly precise, I know I am and I'm Fi dominant.

How can we strive to improve and be good without eventually becoming very precise in everything we do?



I'm attracted to careers that are very pragmatic, the work leads to a useful result, and detail oriented work is definitely one of my strengths.
 

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I'm going into Nursing. I think ones do best when they have a career that gives them the opportunity for self growth and improvement as well as making a difference. I become depressed when I am stuck in a job where I cannot achieve these things.
 

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What kind of jobs/careers are type ones best suited for?



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These characteristics represents what people working in the field of politics should, or people wielding great influence, that is if they are a social primary in their stacking, and if this is so they could be very fitting anywhere in the field of activism for forms of improvement, reform, protection of ideals. Now I'm not saying that only Type One's can/should engage in these duties but they would be very fitting. Though of course as a 1w9 I would say that a 1 would be the ideal type to get things done right...
 

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My 1 partner is doing his Phd in Psychology. He plans on becoming a lecturer. And, I know he will excel in this field.
 

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One site listed these careers as more in line with one-type thinking:

Suggested Careers for Ones: Anything where there are plenty of clear rules, opportunity of advancement, a pecking order, and consistent people to work with!

•Secretary, Administrative or Executive Assistant
•Manager (Mid or Upper-level)
•Accountant
•Financial Planner/Advisor
•Law Clerk/Paralegal
•Broker
•Urban Planner
•Attorney (1′s make some of the most effective lawyers of all the types because of a keen attention to detail)
•Technical Director
•Computer Programmer

As an interesting note, the author also added an article about what careers would not suit a one:

Careers for 1′s to Avoid

•Artist/Designer
•Sales
•Public Speaker
•Radio Host
•Entertainer
•Writer (unless you are a technical writer)


Another site went a bit broader:

Careers that appeal to Enneagram type ONES

Ones are conscientious, responsible, moral, ethical and hard working people. The more analytical and tough-minded Ones (Myers-Briggs Thinkers usually) can be found in management, science, accounting, finance, computer technology, law, and law enforcement. The more people-oriented Ones (Myers-Briggs Feelers usually) can be found in health care, education, and religious work. Whatever work Ones do they will do it well and in a professional, honest and ethical manner.


Another site gets laughably specific:

Good jobs for Perfectionists: Preacher, teacher, quality control manager, architect, dentist, tailor or lecturer.


And ANOTHER site suggested this (why do we keep getting dentistry????)

Suggested Job Types For a Type One If analytical and tough minded, Perfectionists are good in Management, Specification Development, Science and Law Enforcement, People oriented Perfectionists are good in Health Care, Education and Religious Work, etc. Also Car Mechanics, Surgeons, Dentists, Bankers and Stockbrokers, etc
 

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One site listed these careers as more in line with one-type thinking:

Suggested Careers for Ones: Anything where there are plenty of clear rules, opportunity of advancement, a pecking order, and consistent people to work with!

•Secretary, Administrative or Executive Assistant
•Manager (Mid or Upper-level)
•Accountant
•Financial Planner/Advisor
•Law Clerk/Paralegal
Yay, that's my chosen field!

As an interesting note, the author also added an article about what careers would not suit a one:

Careers for 1′s to Avoid

•Artist/Designer
•Sales
•Public Speaker
•Radio Host
•Entertainer
•Writer (unless you are a technical writer)
What's wrong with writing? I've had a few people tell me that I should consider a writing career (though none of them specified exactly what *sort* of writing career). I've even considered writing an autobiography (from a very young age, as well).
 

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I disagree completely with the recommendation that Ones should avoid a career as an artist. Ones often have a keen eye for beauty and a desire to express it just as much as any other type (specifically Fours).
 

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The careers to avoid list is garbage. There are plenty of one's who have strong public speaking abilities and great writing abilities. There are very successful actors and even comedian Ones.
 
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