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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112 Responses to “INFJ careers”

  1. Cait Reply

    As a recent college graduate, I have been grappling with where I will start my career. I have always been drawn to writing/literature/arts/cultures and I especially enjoy learning languages. I majored in Business and Italian, because a double major allowed me to study what I love (language) while still earning a business degree to (hopefully) help me get a job in this economy. Though now I am stuck. I feel like I should go for any job I can get so that I can start earning money, but I am afraid to step out of the box to pursue what I think I want to do, which is translating/interpreting and/or writing or something in the anthropology field. Anyways, I just wanted to say that it is nice to read all of the comments of other INFJs who have felt the same way as me and its insightful to hear about your various career paths. I have always wondered why I found it hard to relate to the masses, but as I get older I, too, come to appreciate the positives of being an INFJ more and more. I guess little by little I will learn how to best use my ‘INFJ-ness’ to find a fulfilling life path.

    • Samantha Reply

      Hi, Cait! I’m a sophomore college student, and I’m very strongly into arts, writing, and language too. I’m an art major, creative writing minor, and I love my French electives! I should probably take a business class, but I reeeeeally don’t want to. I’m actually hoping to work in film animation, specifically concept and storyboard art, but I write fiction when I have the time (although I practically never finish anything). Ironic — I’m heavily involved in two fields that tend to be minefields of criticism, but I love them both because of the rush of creating something beautiful. I often worry about the competition of getting into my field. I get stuck too, and then have to make myself move and build up momentum. Be practical, of course, but don’t give up on doing what you’re passionate about because it’s kind of awesome! Yeah, I’m still young, naive, and optimistic, but few enough people are these days. I’ve been to Italy — it’s a breathtaking place with a lovely language! It’s good to see the opinion of someone about my age. Thanks, and God bless. :)

  2. Naina Reply

    Hi. I am Fashion designer and had a friend send me this personality test through which I found out about the entire concept of being an INFJ. It was fascinating! I had never come across such a relatable set of words. It explained so much! The random strong ‘feelings’ I had about certain situations and people, the phases of dissociated feeling from my social circle from time to time or the late night journal entries about wanting to do ‘more’ and be ‘more’. It was an entirely new perspective of looking at myself. It got me more confident regarding making decisions in my life. Also, Writing to me is as personal as writing a page each night before going to sleep. It is my refuge and the only reason I started writing blogs to take my writing online. I’ve only started working after graduation for about a year and a half now and I love what I do. Though I do still feel like I have a long way to go and there is so much more I want to do each day. I don’t think I’ll be happy with one job and there are more avenues that I want to explore. Reading about and relating to all of you here today, so many years seniors to me, gives me a lot of courage and hope that I can begin to find my way through this life and live it to the most of my potential and beyond. Amen. Good luck to you all!

  3. me Reply

    hello!!! i found this to be quiet accurate…im an introvert, i appear to be an extrovert but im not! hmm im finishing medical science, i love helping people but take criticism poorly, especially in the workplace im also very sensitive…

  4. Bianca Reply

    Wow this is me! Ive always felt that I am weird and didn’t click with people, but also not weird and friendly at the same time. Such a strange but cool personality type!

  5. Mengmeng Reply

    Nice to be here. Thanks to the note that it actually matches what I thought of myself. I am graduating from my post-graduate degree in Translation and Interpretation (English-Chinese). Hard for me to decide a career, but have to be. Wish me luck!

    • Maria Reply

      Funny. This describes be perfectly and I became a sign language interpreter. I am also a wedding singer. :)

  6. Origa Reply

    Well, I did the test twice before. They told me I’m an INTP BUT the test result here tells me that I am an INFJ. AND I find myself more fit in INFJ’s description. It seems that I finally get the correct answer.

    Completely agree that I need a carrer which is meaningful and must contribute to a goal or something. Actually, I can’t imagine to work at private company since I will doubt that’s meaningful or not. I also hate works with much details…..but I think I can get used to it if they’re necessary for my iob. And I also feel that I have tendency of questioning myself and just want to be a supported role…….Thanks for remind me of this tendency. It is really a hard work that living in this world as an idealist, and INFJ.

  7. Stephen M. Larson Reply

    I had to laugh when I read the suggested career paths — I’ve written several novels, short stories, poems, etc. (creative writer), and for one of the novels I wrote a companion symphony (musician), created an illustration for each chapter (artist), and even drew up a detailed floor plan for an apartment occupied by my main character (architect). A bit of overkill, anyone?

  8. Stacy Silverwood Reply

    This process was amazing. My daughter asked me to evaluate her type, so, as part of the process I took the test myself. I was stunned at how accurate this described who I am! I am retired now, and work as a freelance artist and photographer. My career though, was in the Fire Service, the last twenty years at the rank of Fire Captain. My leadership style was always described to me as calm an casual both around the station and when managing emergencies. I thrived on the constant variety each shift provided as well as the challenge of looking after the needs of crew, colleagues and community. That said, it goes against my nature to “tell others what to do”, counterintuitive for a first line supervisor. So, training and evaluating firefighters allowed me to trust their decisions and actions have confidence in the outcome of every incident. Also important to me was knowing that I was having a positive impact upon the lives of others. I’ll conclude by saying that the Fire Service served my needs perfectly and was very satisfying and rewarding, physically, mentally and emotionally.

  9. EM Reply

    Wow! When my boyfriend had me take this test he totally guessed that I would be INFJ! He was right! I’ve done musical theatre in high school and I never want to stop. and I’m currently in school for Architecture!! I’m really glad! :)