INFP careers

There are few personality types whose typical careers are more consistent than those of INFPs. On the other hand, INFP personality traits tend to be very diverse and strongly expressed, and this affects INFP careers as well. We will give some tips and ideas in this article, but please feel free to leave a comment below. We will do our best to incorporate your ideas and suggestions.

To begin with, most INFPs have strong principles and internal values. People with this personality type do not tire in defending ideas they hold dear, and they are very devoted to both individuals and causes. This trait is the core focus of some of the best INFP careers. For instance, INFPs tend to be brilliant writers, and they can be extremely persuasive when writing about a cause that they consider important. It goes without saying that some of the greatest writers were or are INFPs; this personality type is unmatched when it comes to writing skills. If you are an INFP and such a career interests you, by all means, give it a try, especially since the Internet gives you an excellent platform. You will likely be pleasantly surprised.

Next, the INFP personality type is one of the very few types whose ideal career list includes service-oriented roles. INFPs are sincerely interested in other people and, for better or for worse, tend to put others’ wishes above their own. Combined with creativeness, this personality trait makes INFPs skilful counsellors, social workers, or psychologists. Some other typical careers make excellent use of such personality characteristics as well; many INFPs can be found in academia or other related professions.

INFPs are very growth-oriented, but they are also highly sensitive and very vulnerable to criticism. This is further complicated by their tendency to work alone. INFPs do not usually feel too comfortable in careers that are typically associated with stressful or teamwork-oriented environments. Some of the best INFP careers turn this trait into a great advantage. For instance, INFPs can be truly inspiring religious workers, musicians, or personal coaches. These careers tend to be very individualistic and require a lot of personal effort, which would make most INFPs quite happy.

Overall, the INFP personality type is very rare, complex, and enigmatic, and INFPs seek careers that are more than just jobs. People with this personality type need to know that what they do strongly resonates with their internal values and core principles. As already mentioned, there are quite a few careers highly suitable for INFPs—they simply need to find a worthy cause.

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76 Responses to “INFP careers”

  1. fenet.yirga Reply

    thank u for ur gave me insight.i was a medical student and i have reached upto fourth year but i couldnt continue because i was very sensitive toward people and i couldnt get along with the social atmosphere.i was even diagnosed to have social anxiety disorder.i begin to learn from this article why i wasnt able to continue.what do u think on this?what are the possible explanation for my inability around this field?and now i chose to continue my carrier life by studying special need that suitable for me?thank u so much in advance.

  2. Nick Reply

    So I’m 17 and currently in my last year of school in Australia. I’ve looked at jobs like teaching, navy, music, biology and psychology but I don’t think I want to do any of them. I’m certainly not a writer but I do appreciate english and poetry. So I’m kind of stuck in what I want my future to be but its nice to know I can see people here in a similar boat to me. :)

    • Claudia Reply

      Hey. I had the same problem as you. Everyone expected me to go to med school but I didn’t feel like it. I liked a lot to write but in my country to be a writer is payed very poor. So I looked for something creative. So I found that being an architect suited me best. If you know how to draw, then I think you can try this because what I like about being an architect is that I always have to be creative ! :)

  3. TheKhyperBelt Reply

    On the verge of INTP and INFP. Been thinking alot about a career path lately. Just short of locking myself in a room not too unlike Descartes lol. But after reading some of these I’m settling on more of something to blend humanism and technicality than make a choice between one or the other. Been considering music more and more lately, but maybe with a twist of psychology and philosophy or something. Writing, teaching, physics and drawing are also interests I’m trying to reconcile into a particular form. Wanna just blend all my interests into a 1000-ingredient slushee of communication. I see no value in a thought kept on the bench, but a disorganized speech isn’t gonna help all those other people who at least make up a larger % of life on this planet than solitary I. Bleh, it’s like a tightrope walk on a spiderweb in a grove of a varietous 1000-fruit-trees. I’m “only” 20 tho so I guess I’m still laying the foundations but damn it’s a weird world. But in any case, just gotta remember to breathe patiently and at least enjoy the glorious mundanity now and again :D

  4. Scarlett Hayes Reply

    I absolutely love this test. but my personalities seem to keep changing. ive taken the test three times and I always get a different answer. infj,isfj, and infp. is it possible that people’s personalities change or something else?

    • Samer Reply

      Scarlett… You need to focus more for one time and not repeating it… take time for understanfing each sentence and estimating your degree of agree /disagree..i hope this is helpful

  5. Shakir Hussain Reply

    Hi, I’m also INFPs. but i’ve one problem. i am not 100% agreed from my type. but this is fact & can’t ignore it. but my heart don’t accept to all over. such, i want to do some other but ISFPs tell me other suggestion. It has got complicated against together. please help me

  6. James Lown Reply

    As far as i can tell i’m an INFP. I’m 21 and currently working toward a degree in psychology, problem is that i’m having a heck of time keeping motivated and getting my class work done. Any suggestions that would help would be greatly appreciated. Email me and Thanks a bunch.

  7. Myst Reply

    Hi! I’m glad to have found this site. What I have learned here are all true to me. I am an INFP and now I know more about myself. We fight for what we believe in and sometimes we defend people who are not worth of our loyalty. I try to be fair with everyone and I choose my words carefully but instead, a lot of times I was misunderstood. Most of the time, I want to be alone because people tend to upset me .

  8. Devon Reply

    INFp is absolutely my type. Psych intern and couldn’t love my job more. To some of you who have had trouble keeping with it, remember those who need you on the other side. They need you!! The kids that I work with sure need me — I know that much. :)

  9. Alix Reply

    I’m 15 years old and probably way too into this stuff, but I am completely an INFP. I do a lot of writing (even though pretty much everyone around me thinks it’s totally worthless), and am very much unsure what to do with my life, because nothing sounds like much fun or of any importance. That seems like the general consensus of people on here. I feel like I’m reading my own comments word for word, with age and career path changes.

  10. Emma Reply

    Well, my personality is even more complicated than that, because depending on my mood, I am introverted or extroverted. It’s pretty true that I am very interested in the arts, and poetry etc. feeling isolated is common because people misunderstand/ don’t get what I mean or say, sometimes I don’t even understand myself. Complex. Exciting to dig deep. Adventurous soul. Honest and loyal friend. Smiling so that people won’t feel awkward around me. That’s just who I am. And much more. INFPs are mysterious, rare, wonderful beings. :)