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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Jul 31, 2014 22:46:17
I identify so much with these comments! It is a relief to know there are others who like like me out if only I knew which major to much pressure, ahh! I also feel like I overthink everything because everything means so much to me!
Alex Lee
Jul 31, 2014 15:26:49
So so true, everyone's comment. How i wish we could all meeting together in one big room, that might just be one of the most fulfilling moment of my life because othewise it is so so hard to find others who think/feel the same or even close to it.
Jul 28, 2014 15:54:53
I'm a teacher:-) :-) :-) and I love it! I run my own language school and teach there
Jul 28, 2014 06:40:36
I'm definitely an INFJ, but I actually like detail and analysis, I want to be an intelligence analyst, so, I disagree with the assumption that INFJ' wouldn't do well in analysis
Aug 07, 2014 07:31:41
Spot on. I totally agree with you. I think for most I'm an INFJ, but I'm totally into data analysis, mathematical themes and bringing forward the hidden patterns behind data
Jul 16, 2014 11:59:01
I wanted to be a musician or study psychology growing up but listening to others advice too often. I get bored easily with repetitive tasks. Therefore, I quit many well paid jobs after mastering it in a short period of time. I also thought I'd be very satisfied in jobs that help other people as that much me the happiest. After studying computer programming I got a job at a HP Call Center which lasted for 3 months as I quit because I mastered it and was very bored.

It was then that I realized I need a job that's really going to push me beyond what I am capable of but will also allow me to helps others on a larger scale. I love seeing people happy and prosper but feel more helpful if I'm doing it on a larger, more productive, practical and realistic scale.

Just as I realized this, I had a vision of insight and came up with a few community projects that I will see through to successful completion. I also realized that in order to see positive results it will require me to have the skills to bring a project successfully from start to finish. Therefore, I started my own business in the Information Technology Sector so as to learn the skills and character traits I require.

It has not be a path without troubles but regardless I feel totally in my element. I can use my creative imagination, I am challenged constantly, I constantly use my abilities such as being able to easily read people and know what they want, planning and formulating and implementing strategies. It's stressful and demanding but it keeps me from being distracted. I just need to find a way to get relaxation time as I burn out more often than normal.