INFJ careers

INFJs are likely to find that most corporate career paths are not designed for them, but for those focused on status and material gain. This doesn’t mean that people with the INFJ personality type struggle to see viable options though. In fact, they are likely to face the opposite problem – many INFJs struggle to begin a career early on because they see ten wildly different paths forward, each with its own intrinsic rewards, alluring but also heartbreaking, because each means abandoning so much else.

Truth, Beauty, Purpose

First and foremost, INFJs need to find meaning in their work, to know that they are helping and connecting with people – an INFJ Ferrari salesperson is a non-sequitur. This desire to help and connect makes careers in healthcare, especially the more holistic varieties, very rewarding for INFJs – roles as counselors, psychologists, doctors, life coaches and spiritual guides are all attractive options.

INFJs’ needs don’t end at meaning though – any productive work can be rationalized to be meaningful, as any productive work helps someone, somewhere. INFJs crave creativity too, the ability to use their insight to connect events and situations, effecting real change in others’ lives personally.

For INFJs, money and Employee of the Month simply won’t cut it compared to living their values and principles.

Two Roads Diverged In A Yellowed Wood

These needs are hard to meet in a corporate structure, where INFJs will be forced to manage someone else’s policies alongside their own. For this reason, people with the INFJ personality type are more likely to, despite their aversion to controlling others, establish their independence by either finding a leadership position, or simply starting their own practice. As independents, sole proprietors in the parlance of business, INFJs are free to follow their hearts, applying their personal touch, creativity and altruism to everything they do.

This is the most rewarding option for INFJs, as they will step out of the overly humble supporting and noncompetitive roles they are often drawn to, and into positions where they can grow and make a difference. INFJs often pursue expressive careers such as writing, elegant communicators that they are, and author many popular blogs, stories and screenplays. Music, photography, design and art are viable options too, and they all can focus on deeper themes of personal growth, morality and spirituality.

Where INFJs fall flat is in work focusing on impersonal concerns, mundanity, and high-profile conflict. Accounting and auditing, data analysis and routine work will leave people with the INFJ personality type fidgety and unfulfilled, and they will simply wilt under the scrutiny, criticism and pressure of courtroom prosecution and defense, corporate politics and cold-call sales. INFJs are clever, and can function in any of these fields, but to be truly happy, they need to be able to exercise their insightfulness and independence, learn and grow alongside the people they are helping, and contribute to the well-being of humanity on a personal level.

Workplace Habits


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Rees Beresford-Howe
Dec 14, 2014 15:49:51
I always thought I was alone in this world, that no one else was like me, but now I know that other people are out there, maybe my true love or more friends, this quiz is all me, I'm always in quiet places and I don't talk much at school, some people say rumors like, oh she's always by herself, and they pity me, and I feel that now I know that there are people like me, I don't feel so alone anymore, I feel that now, I truly belong somewhere, and that a mysterious hole in my heart has been filled with all the answers I need
Dayhana Lopez
Dec 12, 2014 06:10:29
I think we all just want everything this world has to offer, that's why we have so much trouble deciding on a career, or simply someone to share our life with
Dayhana Lopez
Dec 12, 2014 06:03:50
I've always felt like i was wierd, but i sort of embraced it along the road :) I could never quite put my finger on why i felt so different, We're rare guys ;)
Emily Hall
Dec 07, 2014 19:28:33
I am in high school and having a hard time choosing what I want to do. I was thinking about becoming biology Teacher for high schoolers but I don't know now. I need to find out before I start collage because I don't want to go for the wrong thing and waste a ton of money. any suggestions???
Dec 18, 2014 18:36:40
I'm sure there are a lot of teachers with this personality type, don't base your decision on one quiz. It's good to know what you like to spend your time doing, take college and university courses that really, really interest you and you'll find a career that does, too, I hope!
Nov 19, 2014 18:01:09
One thing I forgot to mention was that I LOVE helping children. I have such a good connection with kids, I think their Gods gift and I would love to have a career working with them! :)