Money isn't everything, obviously (not by a long shot), but I was in a discussion the other day with an ESTJ about money and I realized that of all the people I know, when I look at the function that is most common in the people that are making "good money" - it is far and away the "T" function. it is the T's that are making money in their careers. Not that I don't know an F here or there that earns decent money, but it's pretty much a landslide when I compare the T's and F's in this one area of life.
What does this mean? Some possibilities:
1. F's don't care as much about earning money as T's do?
2. T's are more capable/aggressive in this area (at least in regards to the way society/business is structured). Logical thinking pays off?
3. Most males are T's and most F's are female and since males still earn more on average (not saying it's fair, just saying it's still a fact) this plays a part?
4. Some other conclusions?
Here is a snapshot of the earning characteristics of the NT types that I know. Disclaimer: This is NOT a statement that some types are incapable or inept, just simply an observation of the people that I know.
ENTJ's - usually doing very well in their careers. I would even say that they are often slowly building their own little empires.
ENTP's - if I consider their entire adult working lives, it is somewhat up and down financially. There are periods where they do very well and periods where they perhaps lose interest in a business venture or the corporate world and their finances might suffer. When they do well, however, they do considerably well.
INTJ's - very responsible and hard-working and do well in their careers, although there doesn't seem to be the "through the roof" earnings that you sometimes see with other types. Not that they aren't capable, but the ones I know are usually in government positions/university positions that pay well, but they aren't becoming millionaires in those positions.
INTP's - In all seriousness, my observation here is that we bounce around so much and change our interests/pursuits and can also be so downright lazy/disinterested at times that we often hurting financially. Interestingly enough, there seem to be 10% or so that make up their mind to dedicate themselves to something and do really, really well. The potential is there. It's arguable if Bill Gates is INTP, but if he is, that would be the best example of one who made up his mind and dedicated himself to something (please don't turn this thread into an argument about Bill Gates' type - I'm sure there's another thread for that).
I'll add the following "T" types:
ESTJ's - seem to do very well financially and be very dedicated to their careers, but the earnings are not usually up there with ENTJ's. The ESTJ's I know are supervisors, managers, and small business owners - and the ones that own small businesses aren't willing to expand their businesses. They prefer to keep them small and manageable and that limits income somewhat.
ISTJ's - seem to do very well financially as well, whether they be accountants/CPA's, engineers, draftsmen, underwriters, etc. But, these positions are much like the INTJ's and ESTJ's - they aren't going to earn as much over a lifetime as the ENTJ's and possibly ENTP's (and small percentage of INTP's).
ESTP's/ISTP's - I don't know enough of these to really summarize it, other than to say that they do fairly well and have the potential to earn well in their careers.
The "TP's" tend to earn well in spurts. Up and down, because they are changing careers every few years. The "TJ's" are more consistent and stick with things more, which is understandable considering the difference between P and J.
Thoughts? Observations of your own?