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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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 : ) )
Kyle Sullivan
Oct 23, 2014 02:23:53
As an INFJ who is currently a commercial insurance underwriter I can say that it is a great job for us. Everyday is different, a different business to understand and judge and people to persuade and manipulate to see your point of view! Commercial underwriting operates mostly in the grey and there aren't hard rules that you have to live by. Your intuition is valued and respected and you can quickly become a superstar. There's contact with others so you're not isolated, but its not a sales role so you have time to recharge. Contact but somewhat limited and meaningful. At the end of the day my biggest work problem has always been boredom, and this keeps my attention due to the varied nature of what I'm looking at.
Oct 08, 2014 09:54:13
I am right now doing my degree in University,and I have no clue what to do after I graduate. I feel lost and seems like everyone else has a plan for the future,and it almost makes me feel like an failure not knowing exactly what I want. When did you knew what you wanted to do and have you achieved it? If yes,are you happy?
Oct 27, 2014 15:00:57
Hi Annie,

Dont label yourself as a failure. As long as you're seeking then you aren't failing at all. Failure is standing completely still and doing nothing! ..A baby who tries to walk for the first time and falls over hasn't failed. S(he)s' just working towards being able to do it and every time that they try they get closer...

There are plenty of "life purpose" videos on YouTube that may help you ask yourself questions to find your soul's true passion..You should also try your hand in lots of different and varied fields (where possible) and read A LOT about different subjects so that you can expose yourself even more!

This is a pretty cool comic site that has comics that may inspire you too...

Hope some of this helps :]
Oct 07, 2014 20:02:50
I read the entire INFJ description but the only that didn't apply to me was the "making the world a better place" part. The only people I'll want to help out are people who matter to me or people who will return my kindness with genuine gratitude. Real gratitude encourages me to do good.
However, throughout my past I've given a lot and haven't been appreciated and my thoughts haven't been reciprocated.

I'm still trying to decide what a good career path would be for me.

Sep 29, 2014 01:36:38
I have read alot recently about INFJ personalities and it seems accurate to assume I am INFJ myself, albeit I do not care for nor wish to help the majority of the world, only people I actually like or know I could grow to like. I can always tell within the first few minutes of meeting someone, whether or not I will like them in the future. I read their eyes, body language and demeanour towards others but initially it is an overall instinctual sense which determines my judgment. Without going into detail, my work takes me all over the world, friends are part of it and these people are mostly misanthropic, pessimistic and fairly dark minded in all, as too am I, (after experiences) but I do help those who I deem worthy to deserve it. I must therefore add a powerful negative attribute to this INFJ, "there is darkness within light", one cannot exist without the other. This attribute is Manipulation, as one can help another, one can also destroy another (mentally of course), which can have destructive effects on that particular person or have a personal gain for oneself. I don't condone to do this to pleasant, respectable people but to those whom deserve it, we all know who they are. I also believe, people with INFJ are prone to having lucid dreams, ( if not it is easy accessed at least) and something I highly recommend trying, there are techniques online but I have a personal natural way that works for me. It was actually a breath of fresh air reading the similarities in other posts, I feel less special a good way. Out of interest, when two people are talking and one of them says something(unknowingly to him/herself) that hurts/angers ect. the other in someway, can you feel it (that hurt/anger) without that person saying anything, just by sense?