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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Nov 18, 2014 03:53:49
I have had so many careers and I'm about to embark on another. I started as a medical assistant, tutor, funeral services, and currently, editor. Over these I've tried studying nursing, but for various reasons, aborted that dream. Now, I'm stuck deciding between a master's in educational counseling or health educator. This summary has me leaning towards counselor. I've always just thought I was weird--but it's because there are not many INFJs out there to mirror ourselves.
Nov 13, 2014 14:00:05
WISH i had found this when i was 19 . I am 44 now and have struggled all my life with career choice . Its real funny that all the jobs that fit INFJs are exactly the things i dreamed of doing but never felt confident enough or had the opportunity to act on . My dream is to be a drug rehab counselor . At my age it seems so far away and to late to pursue . But alas it will be my passion as long as i live . I have helped people thru this but never been paid for it . And thats ok too
Nov 12, 2014 19:46:36
As an INFJ I often wonder if I will ever find meaningful, fulfilling relationship with some who gets me. I have many dear friends but I have never met anyone who SEES me as I know myself.
..I think as INFJs we have a quiet compassion for ourselves - I feel like I know myself best when I just sit and reflect and enjoy my thoughts- it surpasses words and is more to do with feeling.
I yearn for deep connection.
It's like the idea of being an Empath - INFJs have the ability to sense and intrinsically understand how others are feeling (not necessarily sympathy). Maybe I assume too much to believe I can 'feel' others well. But I long for that - that someone else could 'feel' me.
Nov 08, 2014 17:06:56
How odd! I'm an attorney, high profile conflict, and it's heaven to me. I'm outstanding at what I do because I can read anyone who is before me, be they witness, plaintiff, or judge.

There are no careers at which we cannot excel. We know things that others don't.
Oct 29, 2014 10:35:07
It's difficult to explain what I'm feeling reading this profile and especially all of your comments...But probably I don't have to, you just understand it : ) Here are listed all the jobs I seriously considered for myself, but most of all the familiar and not pleasant sensation to not be able to decide A path, because it hurts SO much to give up all the other possibilities. This difficulty has stuck me so bad in a rut for 6 years now, and so many times I feel so lonely, depressed and hopeless. Now I am to the point to looking for a job at McDonald, which, sorry to seem picky or disrespectful to somebody, for me is like spiritual Death in anguish and despair. All my passions, my cultural interests, and even my inclinations (talents?) so frustrated and wasted....Why wasn't I capable of believing in myself, at least a bit? And to make something "good", if not precious, out of my life? If I have no special talents or purpose in this life, that's mean I'm only a lonely misfit, to "different" to be loved, as well. Sorry to sound so depressing, when you sound positive even in your constantly search for a meaning, but I can't help to feel exhausted, and I quit all even BEFORE starting. Always looking for a way to "do it all", I ended up not doing anything at all...How sad is that? Hope for all of you out there life will be how you want it to be, in every possible aspect (Idealist and perfectionist? Me? Nahh : ) )
Nov 05, 2014 09:30:14
Hey, don't give up hope! I trust that you can and you will find something that's suited for you in the near future. We INFJ's are picky on choosing THE ONE for our path and future but as we do, we WILL strive :) You are in my prayers, hope to hear from you more in the future!
Jane Bender
Nov 04, 2014 13:59:00
Hey Silvia, are you a Christian?