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 counsellors, 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 utilise 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 – this 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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