Type A Personality: 5 Careers Best Suited for Competitive People

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The Type A and Type B Personality Theory stems from two cardiologists who posited that Type A personalities have more chances of suffering from coronary heart disease. This is because Type A personalities are more likely to be highly organized, competitive to a fault, impatient, ambitious, hyper-aware of time management, and neurotic. Type B personalities, on the other hand, are considered more relaxed and more laid back.

While categorizing all humanity into two personality types is reductive in the same way that other personality quizzes and star signs can be, we also cannot deny that there are people who possess Type A qualities and that they would thrive in specific industries or professions.  If you are a well-organized person, here are some jobs that might be best suited for you.

Database Administrator

If you want to work in tech, you can be an information technician responsible for leading, directing, and executive activities related to organizing and maintaining a company or business’s database. This job is needed for companies that use massive amounts of data because the administrator helps to ensure that the data and databases are properly backed up and can be easily recovered and accessed in the event of a system failure. To start a career in this field, you need a bachelor’s degree in related fields, mastery of crucial computer languages, programs, and platforms, and essential training in database administration.

Transcriptionist or Captioner

If you have a knack for accuracy, and if your work’s errors annoy you, you might find success as a captioner or transcriptionist. These are people who are tasked to caption videos of all kinds. Transcriptionists usually listen to an audio file and transcribe what is being said or sung into a text document, while captioners are caption live events, video, or audio. Those who want to explore careers in this field can do it as freelance workers, or they can also go to websites like Rev, TranscribeMe, CrowdSurf, Tigerfish, and Quicktate to see if their skills qualify for a job or a project.

Home Organizer

Companies like The Home Edit found success by literally cleaning and organizing homeowners’ closets. However, the niche that the aforementioned company created is the intersection between home organizing and interior design—a gap in the market that the company founders were clever to find before anyone else did. Another person—or brand, really—that found success in this industry is Mari Kondo, whose minimalist advocacy made waves across the globe in the past few years.

If you are someone who revels in seeing the before and after of cleaning rooms or closets, then the same job might be for you. If you want to create an empire out of this, like the businesswomen mentioned above, find ways to set yourself apart and carve a different niche for yourself.

Event Planner

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Anyone who has ever had a mid-sized to a big wedding will tell you just how stressful it is, especially for couples who also tend to have Type A personalities. If you have a knack for being a control freak in all the best ways, why not start an event-planning company? You can help clients mount the perfect event for their personal or relational milestone, whether it’s a wedding, birthday, anniversary, baptism, or others. Being the head coordinator of a big party requires good leadership, foresight, attention to detail, and decision-making skills—perfect for highly organized people who thrive in multiple checklists and to-do lists.

Library Scientist or Specialist

If you are a highly organized person who loves books and reading, a career in library science might be your best bet. Library science is the science, art, and discipline of organizing and managing books and other information. Those who work in this field also determine how to collect, organize, and preserve books and other materials in libraries according to their context and culture.

And even though there are so many technologies are being developed every year, there will always be a huge demand for library scientists, librarians, archivists, and curators because there will still be a need for uniquely human skills outside of automation, machine learning, and artificial intelligence. No matter how advanced the robots become, we will always need human minds to ensure that all the knowledge in the world remains organized.

If you are organized, competitive, logical, cognitive, and thrive in high-pressure environments, embrace those qualities. There are so many potentially lucrative careers that require your specific skill set. Believe in yourself and what you can offer the world through these characteristics.


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