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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Feb 20, 2015 06:44:08
I was simply awe-struck and almost in tears at the veracity of the INFJ's career conundrum. It was like a psychic telling my story. I am a Commerce graduate and an MBA in Finance, having bagged gold medals in both, yet have the least interest in those fields. I completed my education 4 years ago, but am still looking out for the correct job.
Feb 13, 2015 20:12:51
It's so good to know others feel the same. I'm 43 and still haven't decided. Back and forth from nursing care work to writing (volunteer so far). I hate not being consistent. But i have to force myself to focus. I'm now planning to go back to complete a nursing course and do writing as a hobby. But i still find myself searching for other jobs and courses on the internet!
Jan 10, 2015 02:46:36
Well, it's quite true. I was into art and advertising at first, working as an Art Director to help people. Then it's far from "Helping People". After that I tried the worst job that I ever experienced, an Account Executive at TV media. It was a hard time to work with audit, sales targets and handling annoying clients. I have to put on mask every time, everyday. After that, I tried to work in another creative industry, TV On Air Promotion. Doing things that everyone told me to do, even I don't like it and coming back at weekend for doing small stuff it's makes me suffer.
I'm moving to another one this year. I hope Public Relation job will suit me better.
Jan 09, 2015 19:10:15
hi!i need help (and of course infj is always ready)...well i am interested in social work,i love writing and literature and creation,i would like to develop vaccines maybe or instruments for handicapped people ,maybe go to Africa and make a non-profit organization for kids...but my parents are against it, they tell me financially the salary is low and you are smart bla bla bla become a doctor or an engineer and at the same time they want me to get married and have kids AND so on .....i daydream a LOT and they tell me you are irresponsible and i m graduating soon and i have no clue about what to DO my birthday is on January 18
Jane Bender
Jan 12, 2015 21:27:43
Are your parents going to be living your life and working your job and career? No. So if you know you aren't going to enjoy being a doctor or engineer for the rest of your life, DON'T BECOME ONE. Pick something else.

There's more to this world than a bit of cash, you know.
Jan 19, 2015 02:40:23
They're not entirely wrong when they say you should attempt to earn a high paying job, but at the same time, the world is something larger than metal coins and paperwork. Currency can grant the one who holds it both the freedom to act and security, but without some form of feeling, ambition, or passion to use it for it is meaningless. To put it simply, you should decide for yourself what you want to do, and then decide whether the traditions your parents seek to impose on you are best for those intentions or not. Traditions were formed for a reason initially of course, but over the sands of the time, they have lost most of that reason.
Jan 05, 2015 19:39:24
I think I have rejected my INFJ personality for years due to not wanting to be an introvert. But whenever I take the test it always comes back to this. It sounds like me 100%. I am going to embrace it from this point onwards. I have been working as a litigation lawyer for the last 6 years and it has not been the right job for me. I am moving into a role as a mediator which is more aligned with INFJ I think. I may have been more suited with being a lawyer if it was more aligned with helping the right people. I have spent 6 years working for lots of horrible clients and it has been extremely stressful at times. Being a mediator will be more purposeful in the role I am in. I am also interested in moving into a lawyer or mediator role in aid and charity work. Maybe for a secular aid organisation such as red cross, Oxfam or Amnesty International. I am also interested in doing psychology papers and maybe becoming a psychologist. Interesting this is the key interest area for INFJs and I have always wanted to be one but tried to be someone for other people instead. Not sure I can be bothered with the time, stress, poverty and debt involved in another 5 years of study though.
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