ISFJ careers

The list of typical ISFJ careers is probably the longest among all personality types—and for a very good reason. ISFJs tend to be very altruistic and well-rounded individuals, which usually makes them excellent employees. We will discuss some of their best careers below. Please feel free to leave a comment if you have any ideas or suggestions.

To begin with, ISFJs tend to be very adept at gathering and remembering various facts, especially about other people. This can be a great social skill in most career paths, especially where teamwork and cooperation are necessary. An ISFJ will always remember the name of their boss’ daughter or birthdays of most of their colleagues. Furthermore, ISFJs are very in-tune with other people’s emotions. Consequently, when it comes to choosing the best careers for an ISFJ, it can be said that they tend to be excellent counselors, administrative assistants, or managers.

ISFJ careers tend to progress quite smoothly as ISFJs are willing to put a lot of effort into making sure that the job gets done. They are very practical; however, this comes at a cost as ISFJs dislike theories, concepts, or abstract ideas. For this reason, ISFJs should avoid highly theoretical careers (e.g., academic research) and focus on “practical” ones. People with this personality type are at their best when it comes to implementing ideas and making things work. Some of the most typical ISFJ career paths utilize these traits; for instance, many ISFJs are found among interior designers, bookkeepers, economists, or office managers.

ISFJs are very service-oriented, warm, and traditional. They respect traditional values and security, which is usually reflected in ISFJ careers as well. It is not uncommon to see ISFJs involved in volunteering activities, community work, or childhood development initiatives. They also tend to be excellent nurses and social or religious workers—these career paths may also interest some ISFJs.

In general, two simple things tend to be very clearly expressed in most of the careers that ISFJs decide to take. First, they need to utilise their people-sensing skills as this is one of their most important and unique strengths. Second, ISFJs need to have an opportunity to “create order from chaos” as they usually possess truly extraordinary talents in this area. If these two conditions are met, that particular career path is probably a very good choice for an ISFJ.

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8 Responses to “ISFJ careers”

  1. Madi Reply

    I’m an isfj and I love learning all about me, even aspects I have but didn’t realize what I had. I even realize why I’m so quiet, and kind and stuff. I didn’t realize before how there are alot of people like that!

  2. RAnjith S C Reply

    I am working as an Asst. Professor….Understanding my type of personality,i found that academic research is not my best option as per your study…But i have interest in research in management topics..want to know your comment..

  3. fenet Reply

    hey thank u for ur really helped going to study speech therapy.does it go isfj type?

    • Lisa Reply

      @ Fenez, you mentioned you want to study speech therapy. I have a master’s degree in communicative disorders and have been a certified speech-language pathologist since 2008. I am in the process of researching other professions and figuring out something that will be more suitable for me. I do not like being a speech therapist, and if I could go back and start over, I would definitely choose a different career path. This doesn’t mean you won’t like or even love speech. My advice to you is be honest with yourself at all times, and make sure you give multiple settings (i.e., nursing homes, rehab facilities, hospitals, schools) a try before making a final decision. I didn’t listen to my gut feelings when I was in grad school. I wanted to change grad programs my very first semester in grad school but didn’t because I’m someone who likes to finish what I start. You’re probably wondering what I dislike about being a speech therapist. My top dislikes are: TOO MUCH paperwork (I spend more time doing paperwork than therapy), subjective and abstract (I like black and white but often find myself wondering why there is so much gray in this profession. Creativity is a beautiful thing, but when you have 100 therapists working on the same goal in 100 different ways, it’s often mind boggling. Continuing education and ASHA dues are very expensive. Last but not least, many SLPs are phony. They never want to speak up and say how they truly feel. I have met several SLPs who like to pretend all is well and everything is going great, but in reality, they are ready for a change just like I am.

  4. fenet Reply

    hey thank u for ur a medical student but it always stress me out and depress me to isfj.and i was thinking to change to special need education specifically speech therapy.i want to know why i wasnt successful and stressed in the medical field.what would be the possible explanations?thank u for ur answer

  5. fenet Reply

    i was diagnosed to have social anxiety disorder and depression.i was studing medicine and it aggravated so much.and im thinking to change to speech therapy AND SPECIAL NEED my symptoms related to studing isfj.thank u.

  6. Gary Lackey Reply

    Environmental Engineer – fixing environmental problems before they cause harm to others. Feedlot engineer for 8 years ensuring manures storage structures were properly constructed with a primary purpose of keeping the manure out of lakes, ponds, rivers and Waters of the State. Also spent 8 years cleaning up chemical/petroleum spills at train derailments, elevator fires, tanker accidents and storage tank leaks. Also, determining who is at risk of flooding and how to minimize said flood. Had two traumatic brain injuries in the last 10 years and just now getting back my memory and health. Spent last 2 years as convenience store clerk but can now work 40 hr week no problem and am looking for new job… THOSE CAREER & ISFJ TRAITS ARE SPOT ON RIGHT NOW. However, before the traumatic brain injury I was less social and more IntJ according to my 1997 results. Also, I hated having to be friendly to every customer regardless of their attitude but got used to it after 2 years and trying to remember what each customer usually orders was really hard initially but is much easier now which also leads me to believe my brain is basically recovered enough to move on. Thanks.

  7. Anshul Reply

    I was into teaching for 8 years and am now into Instructional Design/Workplace Learning. The corporate world is so different from the academic world, however, I have still been able to come out on top in terms being reliable and meticulous in my work. I am struggling with “how to toot my own horn” as I want to advance in my career and aspire for a management position. Would appreciate any tips on the how to.