INFP Careers

It is perhaps more challenging for INFPs to find a satisfying career than any other type. Though intelligent, the regimented learning style of most schools makes long years earning an advanced degree a formidable undertaking for people with the INFP personality type – at the same time, that's often what's needed to advance in a field that rings true for them. INFPs often wish that they could just be, doing what they love without the stress and rigor of professional life.

Oftentimes, as with so many things, the answer lies somewhere in the middle, in a line of work that begins with passion and dedication, but which comes to require training so that the academia feels intimately linked to that passion. Too many INFPs drift in frustration, ultimately succumbing to the necessities of day-to-day life in a job that wasn't meant for them. But it turns out that, despite such exacting demands, modern economics places a premium on the very keys to INFPs' challenges: their creativity, independence, and need for meaningful relationships with individuals who need their help.

There's Place and Means for Everyone

First and foremost is seemingly every INFPs' dream growing up – to become an author. While a novel is a classic choice, it is rarely an accessible one, and there are many viable options for freedom-loving INFPs. The internet brings to the world the opportunities of blogging and freelance work – as organizations expand their reach beyond their native tongues, they will come to depend on INFP personality types, with their gift for language and written expression, to take their rougher translations and stale pitches and inject them with a sense of beauty and poetry. Smaller organizations will need more than ever to express with elegance the value they bring to local communities.

Most any cause, idea, or field can benefit from the artful and natural expression that INFPs bring to the table, and INFPs have their pick of the world in choosing who they work with.

The real beauty here is that it takes a core interest that people with the INFP personality type share, while helping a cause they believe in, independently, through creative expression and personal growth, and makes it applicable to any interest there is. There will always be a need, and now more than ever, to win people's hearts and minds with the written word.

Some INFPs will prefer a still more personal touch, being able to work face-to-face with clients, seeing that their personal effort really impacts another's quality of life. Service careers such as massage therapy, physical rehabilitation, counselling, social work, psychology and even academic roles and retraining can be exceptionally rewarding for INFPs, who take pride in the progress and growth they help to foster. People with the INFP personality type have a tendency to put others' interests ahead of their own, a mixed blessing by itself, but when a patient takes their first unaided step in the long road to recovery after an accident, nothing will feel more rewarding than that selflessness.

If to Do Were as Easy as to Know What Were Good to Do...

Where INFPs will not thrive is in a high-stress, team-heavy, busy environment that burdens them with bureaucracy and tedium. INFPs need to be able to work with creativity and consideration – high-pressure salespeople they are not. It can be a challenge to avoid these roles, as they are the basis for so much starting work, and it's often a risk to break away into something less dependable, but more rewarding. To find a career that resonates with INFPs' values though, that's more than just a job, sometimes it's just what needs to be done.


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Jun 28, 2015 17:52:32
Guys, I will share my revelation! I studied psychology till my third year and stopped for 3 years to rethink my life :D Then I went back to psychology because now I know what I want to do. I love books and reading and writing and the arts, just like any other INFP, but what I find is the answer for me is the idealism and the wish to improve myself and the whole world! That's why I want to work for sustainable development as a psychologist and bring the cultural aspect of the discipline to the attention of everyone else in the field. The idea of following your morale and inner principles is scary, but it is the most rewarding thing I've found and seems most true to me. I believe in the symbiotic existence of everything and that we are connected through our ability and need to do good by others. There is nothing truer than the sharing of emotions, ideas and experience with others from our kind. I believe working for the restoration of synergy and balance between the human kind and mother Earth is what I need to and have to do, in order to feel fulfilled. I hope this helps someone out there :)
Jun 24, 2015 10:00:25
So true..I first wanted to be an author, i tried writing my own book when I was 13 but I'm not that good in literature.
I even had my own blog but got bored of it :P.Not to mention I learned 3 languages, bcuz of that I wanted to become a translator but I hated languages (i'm so dumb XD) and now i'm intersted in psychology, I like to help others but one on one..
And i'm not sociable enough to be in a group anyway (T^T) I really think that I'm gonna stick to it for a long time. I might become a psychiatrist (cuz that's what I want to do)!
I'm excited about it but stressed about the $$. My friends told me to be realistic and do jobs with high payment but I think they should shut their mouth XP
It feels good to express myself like this.. thx for reading ^^
Jun 18, 2015 11:41:43
"Nothing feels right. It feels that I don't fit." -me
I am now overwhelmingly happy that I'm not alone! :D
I wasted three years of my life forcing myself to take up different courses, 'til I decided to stop. I didn't graduate, I have no job, therefore, I don't have money... but in that time of isolation, I found love and comfort in music. I taught myself guitar and now, it feels right. I never wanted to become an author but I sure do LOVE literature. And those books? They sure do smell VERY good! :)
Jun 08, 2015 04:40:43
"First and foremost is seemingly every INFPs' dream growing up – to become an author. " This is so creepily accurate. I have always wanted to be an author since I started to read books.
Jun 07, 2015 21:00:16
This is very accurate! My standards for dating are very high and I like cute ships but when I try love it doesn't work. So now I know :)