For some occupations, the ability to show up on time and complete your daily tasks isn’t enough. Certain employers want employees who can think outside the box. They want employees who can strategize and develop new methods of completing their work. They want people who have higher-than-average levels of intelligence, or those who seem to soar past their peers in terms of cognition and thinking abilities. IQ scores, though not always reliable, can help sort the wheat from the chaff.
IQ scores — “IQ” stands for intelligence quotient, a measure of human intelligence — are finicky. You can spend some time taking all sorts of online IQ tests to get an idea of where you land on the spectrum, but most people land between 85 and 115. If you score above 125, you’re way above average. Again, though — these things aren’t alway reliable, and in most cases, don’t really mean much.
Unless, of course, your boss wants employees who are whip-smart. Or at least appear to be.
IQ scores, intelligence, and career strategy
Certain jobs and career paths are more or less made for those with superior levels of intelligence. It takes much more than a simple IQ test and impressive IQ scores to accurately gauge who those individuals might be, but studies have shown that those who lean toward the upper end of the spectrum gravitate toward certain occupations. Once you see the list, you’ll probably agree — at least in theory.
So, which jobs are only cut out for those who are smarter than average? Using data from an older study conducted by researchers at the University of Wisconsin, here are 10 jobs typically suited for those with high IQ scores.