MBTI® Test ENTJ Architectural and Engineering Managers

Strong Interest Inventory® General Occupational Theme Code: Enterprising, Realistic, Investigative (ERI)

Being familiar with your Myers-Briggs Test Personality Type® can help you build on your strengths and your preferences to help find a career that will be fulfilling for you. Hammer (1996) notes that ENTJ’s enjoy being in executive or managerial positions, where they feel like they have the capacity to make a difference, and where they can manage large groups of people working together towards a common goal. These ENTJ MBTI test personality types are often well suited as Architectural and Engineering Managers.

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Architectural and Engineering Managers are responsible for managing and integrating the technical aspects of architectural or engineering undertakings. This may include developing, reviewing, approving, or even implementing significant design changes, and preparing the necessary budgets or contracts to make their visions a reality. These professionals may also make cost estimates and develop efficient strategies for complex projects. Then, they compile data and deliver presentations or reports to disseminate their findings to clients or supervisors in order to convince them that a particular strategy is optimal. Finally, Architectural and Engineering Managers recruit employees, train and place them in certain positions, and finally evaluate their effectiveness in the workplace.

Being an effective Architectural and Engineering Manager requires a mastery of specific tools of the trade. This includes hardware like tablets, desktop computers, and smartphones or other remote computing devices. The software can include analytical or scientific software, computer-aided design software (like Autodesk AutoCAD, Pro-E CAD Software, or others), project management software (e.g., Microsoft Project; The Gordian Group PROGEN Online), and the now-ubiquitous document management and spreadsheet software like MS Word, MS Excel, Adobe Acrobat, and so on.

Architectural and Engineering Managers require an in-depth understanding of both mathematical and physical sciences, as well as art and design. This balance is necessary to truly excel in this field. Of course, because of the vast amount of communication that occurs, Architectural and Engineering Managers also need a solid understanding of the English language as well as a familiarity with administration and customer service aspects of the industry and background information about the production and processing of raw materials into useable goods.

The skills that Architectural and Engineering Managers need to excel include strong listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills, as well as the ability to process large amounts of information fluidly and quickly, and use that information to make judgments, draw conclusions, and ultimate effect change.

Like any other engineering or design specialty, Architectural and Engineering Managers need a high level of math, science, and technological knowledge, as well as an understanding of design, art, and visual appeal. The vast majority of Architectural and Engineering Managers develop these skills and knowledge banks by completing university degrees. The majority of Architectural and Engineering Managers have a bachelor’s degree, though these days an increasing number are earning a master’s as well.

A passion for working with people, a talent for analytical thinking, and a high degree of persistence, initiative, and innovation cannot always be taught and it is these innate qualities, among others, that give ENTJ’s satisfaction and often enough success as Architectural and Engineering Managers.

Below are some employment trends for Architectural and Engineering Managers:

  • Median wage: $62.80 hourly, $130,620 annually
  • Employment: 194,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2012-2022): Slower than average (3%-7%)
  • Projected job openings (2012-2022): 60,600


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  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics wage data and 2012-2022 employment projections Onetonline.org
  1. MBTI® Type Tables for Occupations, 2nd Edition. Schaubhut, N. & Thompson, R. (CPP, 2008)
  1. Introduction To Type and Careers, Hammer, A. (CPP, 1996)