We surveyed 543 cryptographers to learn what personality traits and interests make them unique. Here are the results.


Holland Codes

Cryptographers are artistic and enterprising

Cryptographers tend to be predominantly artistic individuals, meaning that they are creative and original and work well in a setting that allows for self-expression. They also tend to be enterprising, which means that they are usually quite natural leaders who thrive at influencing and persuading others.

If you are one or both of these archetypes, you may be well suited to be a cryptographer. However, if you are conventional, this is probably not a good career for you. Unsure of where you fit in? Take the career test now.

Here’s how the Holland codes of the average cryptographer break down:


Big Five

The top personality traits of cryptographers are social responsibility and agreeableness

Cryptographers score highly on social responsibility, indicating that they desire fair outcomes and have a general concern for others. They also tend to be high on the measure of agreeableness, meaning that they are very sensitive to the needs of others and value harmony within a group.

Once again, let’s break down the components of the personality of an average cryptographer: