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.

If you would like to learn more about the INFP career paths and professional development, as well as read about the experiences of other INFPs, download the INFP In-Depth Profile – a 60+ page guide covering a number of diverse topics. Otherwise, please keep reading:

88 Responses to “INFP careers”

  1. Ashley Reply

    Hi I took the test and it said I am INFP. I graduated college in early childhood education. I love it! I also have a great passion for psychology, as stated above. I would have also enjoyed being a child psychologist or therapist but being an early childhood teacher I basically am that and much more. :) …. Though, I would definitely not be a good writer. It was a great struggle for me but I became better at writing because I had to write so many papers during my schooling.

    • LIsa Reply

      I feel just like the other people who posted! I actually have studied, or been involved professionally/personally in every subset mentioned for the career. It’s no coincidence. I studied journalism and psychology as an undergraduate, and went on to become a magazine writer. It’s funny though, because growing up I never considered myself to be a good writer. Then I went on to study psychology in grad school for 5 years, then at the very end decided it was too heavy for me. Integral to my personality is a quest to seek knowledge of God. I was born Christian, then ventured into Eastern religions and finally back into Catholicism. Most recently, I was discerning between entering into religious life and a career in teaching kids. I decided my vocation was to teach, and am now applying to grad school for teaching! I think I can say the INFP personality fits me pretty well!!! To all other INFPs out there–my past Jungian analyst/mentor always told me we are the rarest personality type, only 1% in the world. We are usually overlooked because we are introverted and exquisitely sensative types the world considers to be lacking in “successful” features. But my analyst says we are exactly the ones in history who are the catalysts for great changes in humanity. Historically, it takes only one person with special gifts/insights to change the course of history. Good luck and carry on!!

      • John Doe Reply

        Interesting, I’m now rediscovering my love of writing too and I’ve been on the same path of finding God. I always wanted to be a minister since I was a little kid until I did the “normal” thing and went to law school. That was a mistake but it’s an experience that has helped me grow into what I understand myself to be because I now know what I am not. If you’re still a Catholic, or even if you’re not (like me, a cradle Methodist), I suggest “The Wounded Healer,” which a friend suggested to me. It’s fairly short but is a beautiful read on the connection one feels with those around him/her through the wounds we all have in common. Anyway, I’m glad you found your way to a career! It’s nice to know people like me have found careers that allow them to thrive without changing who they are, especially since I am now back on the path to discovering my career of choice.

  2. Kaitlyn Reply

    I took the test, it said I am INFP. It totally describes me, as I love to write and act. I hope what it says is also true, that I will become a great writer later in life!

  3. Kunal Hariani Reply

    I am INFP, I like Literature but I also like Journalism, Column writing, etc. I am really interested in these fields but I also want to keep my options open. It is not written in this article, please add my suggestion. Thank You.

  4. James Art Moore Reply

    Took the test twice & came out INFP both times. It does seem to mostly fit me pretty well. I’m a computer-aided whatever and technical writer. Whatever meaning I’ve been hands-on technician – programming, electrical & mechanical design/drafting, & data handling, buiding & repairing… pretty much if it runs on a Intel or AMD based system, I can do it. Not to say I’m unable to work with Apple or Linux (or Android) based systems, just have more experience on MS-based OS’s. Acting, creative writing, & music are also important to me, although I’ve mostly turned away from that life since starting to work in industry 28 years ago.

  5. Lachlan McKellar Reply

    I took the test and it said I was an INFP, and in the brief explanation it said that it was common for INFP’s to become actors or follow a career in the acting pathway. Which is exactly what I want to do and the personality explanation and in-depth explanation I read seemed to relate to me exponentially.
    Is it just a rare occupation amongst INFPs, thus the reason being as to why it is not listed above?

  6. Lynette Lim Reply

    I took the test twice and both times came out INFP. I am in fashion retail specializing in footwear and bags. I totally get the bit about having a cause because after more than 10 years in this line, I am now thinking about doing a social enterprise business incorporating retail. I never saw myself as a writer and to be honest, started a blog, but found myself having a writer’s block. Maybe the reason for having a blog or the blog’s objective was not clear. But for sure the assessment totally fits how I live and operate in my life!

  7. Peter Reply

    I am a lawyer and it sucks. The writing skills come in handy, but I think with dread of the moment I will need to defend a client who I think is wrong. The working environment is far too stressfull and drives me into depression and procrastination. I speak five languages and am thinking of going into academia and/or freelance translation, but too afraid to make the move. Help!

    • John Doe Reply

      I’m in law school right now at a certain very expensive private school in New Orleans. Lots of lawyers in my family (including county and federal judges and a couple of prominent local politicians), including my dad. I had a breakdown during my second semester and had to take off for the semester, and I had to finally admit to my parents my recurrent depression and procrastination that I fall into.

      My therapist just had me take a personality test and it finally makes sense. I’ve always been able to force myself to be extroverted but I’d really much rather be alone, reading/writing, or painting. Basically, I’ve been trying to force myself into a mold that, deep down, I knew wasn’t me.

      In the next couple of weeks I’m going to be telling my parents that I’m not going back and that I’m going to take some time off to figure things out. Academia and charity has always fascinated me and throughout high school and college I was always volunteering at homeless shelters, so I may go get a masters in social work or something else- who knows! With your skills in language, I think you’ll be quite marketable- especially in academia. Good luck on your own career decision, and while I know it sucks, take heart in the fact that you’re not alone!

      • Kel Reply

        John Doe — That’s fantastic! I don’t know much about your situation, obviously, but it sounds like you are doing the courageous thing, and the right thing for you. Take it from me. I am an INFP who went to another very expensive law school (mine in New Haven). From day one, I could tell law was not the right fit for me (and was in fact a very bad one). But I had worked so hard to get into a good law school that I made the classic mistake of assuming that all my prior work meant I now had to stick around. (It was only later in life that I learned about what “sunk costs” are, and how important it is to be willing to incur them, so you can cut your losses and move on with the rest of your life.) Anyways — I also had a breakdown during my 2L year. I also had to take the semester off — two of them, actually. In the end I had to return to law school, out of financial necessity (I had a job lined up and many loans to pay). I graduated and have been practicing law at a big firm ever since. It’s a good place to work, as far as law firms go. But I have never experienced a single day when I was excited to go to work. Nothing comes naturally to me; to be tolerable at law, I have to work really hard. To use a trite (but helpful) metaphor, it’s like I’m a right-handed guy painting with his left hand, every day. It’s always felt like that. I’d kill to be able to paint with my good hand some day — to actually do a job I cared about, and was good at. I am hoping to get there, of course (which is how I came across this page). But take it from me: it is *much* easier to switch courses while you’re young. Don’t put off your existential crisis until your resume qualifies you to do only one thing (a thing you don’t like!). Have the crisis when you’re young. If you can structure things that way, that’s the way to do it!

  8. nicole Reply

    all this is so on point. i’m currently studying journalism and have always been involved in creative writing and acting so it amazes me.