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.

Workplace Habits


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Sep 29, 2014 21:28:15
I hope that I do not come across of being too pessimistic or depressive. But I've spent the last 11 years in teaching high school Social Studies. There are certain aspects that I love about teaching, but with the way public education is going with testing, "pay for performance" from politicians, lesson plans that have to be cross-referenced state and national subject standards as well as Common Core, documentation of providing numberless accommodations for various different students, reading and dealing with 50 or more e-mails a day, demanding parents and administrators, etc. etc. etc. I advise that fellow INFP's be aware of what they are getting themselves into as well as making sure they have a strong support group/spouse.

I'm 38, have a master's degree in education (which I haven't even paid off yet), have mortgages and car payments, and supporting a spouse while dealing with a "mid-life career crisis." It is not a good place to be in. I'm not saying "teaching" is a terrible fit for INFP, but I think you owe it to yourself to be extremely intentional with your decision to pursue it as a career.
Sep 28, 2014 14:19:23
Results are surprisingly correct. Of course I was honest in my responses. The comments are very balanced. Overall an interesting self assessment tool. Will strongly recommend
Sep 26, 2014 05:08:04
Haha wow I'm overwhelmed by reading any of these comments and feeling so in tuned with what all of you other INFPs are saying! :) It feels more creepily accurate to read some of your comments and feel like I'm reading a blurb that I had written myself, (but somehow forgot about) than to read the actual descriptions of our personality type
Sep 26, 2014 00:56:39
I've always wanted to be a writer, but it has often overwhelmed with the task, so much work to do outside of the writing! The promoting, the publishing, the... *shudders* allowing your work to see the daylight. And I thought that I would be worthless at anything else. Then I saw the paragraph saying I could do almost anything, and fit in... Well, it gives me great hope.
Sep 19, 2014 22:34:43
Weird! I always new I could read people like a book, yet some how even knowing someone inside out does not mean they know you in anyway! I agree this test is spot on......I thought no one could categorize my personality!!!!