INFJ careers

When talking about typical INFJ careers, many things come to mind. This article will cover the traits that make people with this personality type successful in the workplace. Hopefully, this will give you a better idea as to where your ideal career path could be. We would greatly appreciate any comments or suggestions regarding potential INFJ roles – please drop us a note below and we will definitely look into incorporating your thoughts.

To begin with, the best careers for INFJ personalities make use of their intuitive skills. INFJs tend to have a very strong intuition, which allows them to accurately judge events, situations, and other people. Furthermore, people with this personality type are idealists, and there is nothing more important than their values and principles. For these reasons, typical INFJ careers often include teaching, counselling, psychology, or creative writing.

Next, INFJs are natural leaders, even though they do not seek nor worship positions of authority, unlike certain other personality types. They approach leadership roles from the standpoint of sensitivity and understanding rather than authority and power. Consequently, INFJs tend to do best in careers that involve a certain degree of personal touch and sensitivity. For instance, a typical INFJ career path could lead to a religious institution. INFJs also tend to be excellent HR administrators, psychiatrists, or doctors.

INFJs dislike routine tasks, strictly impersonal work, or analysing small details. They are also very vulnerable to conflict and criticism. These traits mean that INFJs should avoid careers that typically focus on data rather than people or are prone to pressure and conflict, e.g., finance, audit, programming, data analysis, etc. On the other hand, people with this personality type are very insightful and creative; they tend to be excellent architects, musicians, artists, photographers, designers, etc. The best INFJ career paths revolve around these traits.

Regardless of the career path, INFJs always need to feel that their contribution is meaningful. They need something more than just money or recognition. People with this personality type feel happiest when they believe that their career is very much in line with their personal values and principles. In order to achieve that, the INFJ often needs to take a leadership role, but they can also perform really well in nonmanagerial roles during their career, as long as their managers’ values match their own.

INFJs should also be aware of their tendency to pick career goals that are way too humble. People with this personality type tend to do very well in supporting roles, but they should seek something more. INFJs tend to avoid career paths requiring a great degree of independence, but this is often the only way to further professional goals. The best INFJ careers combine the need for insightfulness with a relatively high degree of independence; this forces INFJs to improve themselves and consequently increase their contribution to the well-being of humanity. Ultimately, this makes them much happier as well.

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119 Responses to “INFJ careers”

  1. Pam H Reply

    As an INFJ, I’ve found that I’m good at repetitive, detail-oriented tasks even if they are not congenial. And, they offer a kind of refuge from the “slings and arrows” of contact with people (conflict and criticism). I have been fairly successful in doing my “routine tasks, fairly impersonal work, and analysis of small details”, so that I feel protected and able to enjoy my non-working time more fully. Something to consider. We bloom where we are planted.

  2. Idina Reply

    Performance is another ideal career path, because INFJs can use their intuition about feelings in acting. They can easily see where a character is going, and usually notice foreshadowing earlier than most people. If performing is meaningful to them, then those two traits create a highly talented individual, but this cannot apply to most INFJs, since most are extremely sensitive, and not just “more” sensitive.

  3. Arlette Reply

    I now understand why I always tend to give people (only those who are close to me) advice even if they don’t really seek it. As long as I see that they can do better than what they are right now then I tend to analyze their lives and figure out how they could improve themselves. I feel like it’s my job to tell them what’s wrong or else I couldn’t forgive myself if years from now I find them in a miserable situation.
    also.. I change my mind a lot regarding my career, right now i’m an engineering student and so far I’m liking it.. but all throughout my teens up to now that i’m 24, I always try to extract the good in people. I always say that I’m the worst person to seek advice from but I usually surprise myself because I actually have something to say.

    • Logan Reply

      Hear hear! I also have surprised myself on many an occasion giving people advice without even realising. And the thing that boggles me even more is that they actually take it, and then thank me for it! I usually don’t like to give advice as it might induce conflict or bring blame upon myself, but it is strange that it happens spontaneously sometimes and often tends to be good advice.

  4. Logan Reply

    I find that I did resonate quite a bit with the information given here. I have often thought of myself as being quite different to most people, and have struggled to find similar, like minded people. I have recently begun a self-improvement regime in myself that spans my entire person, and am actually at a bit of a crossroads in the career department. I started in Engineering, mainly because I was good at maths and enjoyed figuring things out, and because it seemed like the logical thing to do. I then moved into programming, which resonated much more, and have been actively flying through code for the last few years, but there is still something missing. I feel like I am missing a purpose, or a goal to apply my skills to, which I am currently actively seeking. I think I have a lot of creative potential as well, I picked up musical instruments very quickly and have an imagination that knows no bounds. I wonder what comes next… I guess only time will tell :)

  5. AB Reply

    I wanted to be a musician or study psychology growing up but listening to others advice too often. I get bored easily with repetitive tasks. Therefore, I quit many well paid jobs after mastering it in a short period of time. I also thought I’d be very satisfied in jobs that help other people as that much me the happiest. After studying computer programming I got a job at a HP Call Center which lasted for 3 months as I quit because I mastered it and was very bored.

    It was then that I realized I need a job that’s really going to push me beyond what I am capable of but will also allow me to helps others on a larger scale. I love seeing people happy and prosper but feel more helpful if I’m doing it on a larger, more productive, practical and realistic scale.

    Just as I realized this, I had a vision of insight and came up with a few community projects that I will see through to successful completion. I also realized that in order to see positive results it will require me to have the skills to bring a project successfully from start to finish. Therefore, I started my own business in the Information Technology Sector so as to learn the skills and character traits I require.

    It has not be a path without troubles but regardless I feel totally in my element. I can use my creative imagination, I am challenged constantly, I constantly use my abilities such as being able to easily read people and know what they want, planning and formulating and implementing strategies. It’s stressful and demanding but it keeps me from being distracted. I just need to find a way to get relaxation time as I burn out more often than normal.