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 Every Man Alive

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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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!!!!
Cristella J.
Sep 15, 2014 11:38:03
I am happy to read the comments, usually there are lots of bad comments. :))
Sep 15, 2014 09:57:13
Yes, finally feel I don't need to apologise for being me! Privileged to be part of the INFP family however challenging we find the realities of the daily grind! Live in your head when you can, is how I manage, be inspired secretly and create whenever you can find moments to do so! Doing and feeling for others makes life worthwhile too!
Sep 15, 2014 05:21:25
INFP sophomore in college, engineering major but seriously doubting whether that's the right path for me. Art's my real passion but my parents wouldn't let me go to art school, so I'm an art minor in addition to an engineering major (wanted to double major at one point but double majoring with engineering is practically impossible at my school) which is sort of a compromise I guess? I'm meant to create things, I always have, and I figured engineering would be a way to channel that creativity and be pretty much guaranteed job security. But all I've been doing is calculus and physics problem sets and labs and all this technical stuff and i'm honestly not enjoying it very much. I feel stifled rather than being allowed to use my creativity. The only classes I'm really enjoying right now are the ones I'm taking for my art minor. If I had it my way I'd say screw it and transfer to an art school… my dream is to work on an animated kid's show, either in animation or concept art. I even met a woman over the summer who works for Nickelodeon, and when she looked at my portfolio she said I was definitely talented enough. She left me with her contact information too, so that's a great connection to have. Her advice though was to stick with engineering in school, wait it out till I graduate from undergrad, and then I have a degree that can take me anywhere I want, cos if worst comes to worst and the art stuff doesn't work out I can fall back on engineering for stability. I just don't know if I can wait that long because I'm not happy right now. Is it worth studying something very challenging that I don't even really enjoy, in the hopes that eventually I'll be able to do what I love? I don't know what else to do.
Sep 18, 2014 11:07:04
Go with what your heart tells you to do!
Sep 09, 2014 21:25:11
Yay for INFP's! Have any of you ever felt like you wanted to start a novel but cant come up with the right words to use? I have so many ideas inside my head and they are amazing but I cant express it into words. Oh, and what courses should I study in college? Im thinking of education and counseling...not sure though :)
Sep 19, 2014 15:01:51
Yes, I have felt the exact same way :-).......