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.

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Sep 13, 2014 21:19:06
I think a good career path for a fellow INFJ, maybe myself even, one that would help people
Danielle Mudgway
Sep 11, 2014 02:50:46
INFJ is my personality
Sep 08, 2014 01:09:17
The same here,Can't we all meet up somewhere??Of course not.I'm from Myanmar.And I think you all are from other parts around the world.But since we all share the same personality,I find it a lot easier to feel your emotions rather than listening to my real life friends here.Wish we can chat together some day!We are not alone now,right?I'm really happy to know that there's someone like me out there.Thanks a lot for sharing your thoughts here,buddies.Go!Go!Go!Wish u all the best with your life.
Sep 15, 2014 10:02:07
Hey that's a great idea Heather. How I wish this site would organize an event or even just in facebook where we can converge together.
Sep 07, 2014 01:34:13
Interesting. My personal heroes were always Mother Theresa, Nelson Mandela, Che Gevera. I spent my life as a Social Worker chafing under the constrains of a bureaucracy that under served and sometimes did more harm than good. Now I am a starving writer. Who is roaming the world volunteering working with impoverished people.
My home always needs to be in order and my children are my hearts treasure. Whaddya think...
Sep 13, 2014 21:11:44
Sounds like a hero to me. I too have looked up to Mother Theresa since I was little. I hope I can do half of the good you have in my life time.
Sep 05, 2014 22:29:19
just .wow! I have taken these test before and always get ISFJ, but reading about it, is is kinda of me, but too many things were off.........I took the test again today and got INFJ and DANG IT!!!! it is what I am. Totally. Like I am reading about it, going Yes thats me! again and again! its weird and scary. But I definitely am INFJ.....I ended up being an engineer, but really wanted to be a doctor, and lo and behold the first likely profession for us! What a trip.