INFJ Careers

INFJs are likely to find that most corporate career paths are not designed for them, but for those focused on status and material gain. This doesn’t mean that people with the INFJ personality type struggle to see viable options though. In fact, they are likely to face the opposite problem – many INFJs struggle to begin a career early on because they see ten wildly different paths forward, each with its own intrinsic rewards, alluring but also heartbreaking, because each means abandoning so much else.

Truth, Beauty, Purpose

First and foremost, INFJs need to find meaning in their work, to know that they are helping and connecting with people – an INFJ Ferrari salesperson is a non-sequitur. This desire to help and connect makes careers in healthcare, especially the more holistic varieties, very rewarding for INFJs – roles as counselors, psychologists, doctors, life coaches and spiritual guides are all attractive options.

INFJ careers

INFJs’ needs don’t end at meaning though – any productive work can be rationalized to be meaningful, as any productive work helps someone, somewhere. INFJs crave creativity too, the ability to use their insight to connect events and situations, effecting real change in others’ lives personally.

For INFJs, money and Employee of the Month simply won’t cut it compared to living their values and principles.

Two Roads Diverged in a Yellowed Wood

These needs are hard to meet in a corporate structure, where INFJs will be forced to manage someone else’s policies alongside their own. For this reason, people with the INFJ personality type are more likely to, despite their aversion to controlling others, establish their independence by either finding a leadership position, or simply starting their own practice. As independents, sole proprietors in the parlance of business, INFJs are free to follow their hearts, applying their personal touch, creativity and altruism to everything they do.

This is the most rewarding option for INFJs, as they will step out of the overly humble supporting and noncompetitive roles they are often drawn to, and into positions where they can grow and make a difference. INFJs often pursue expressive careers such as writing, elegant communicators that they are, and author many popular blogs, stories and screenplays. Music, photography, design and art are viable options too, and they all can focus on deeper themes of personal growth, morality and spirituality.

Where INFJs fall flat is in work focusing on impersonal concerns, mundanity, and high-profile conflict. Accounting and auditing, data analysis and routine work will leave people with the INFJ personality type fidgety and unfulfilled, and they will simply wilt under the scrutiny, criticism and pressure of courtroom prosecution and defense, corporate politics and cold-call sales. INFJs are clever, and can function in any of these fields, but to be truly happy, they need to be able to exercise their insightfulness and independence, learn and grow alongside the people they are helping, and contribute to the well-being of humanity on a personal level.

9 months ago
I'm 16 and I'm planning on being a High School Science teacher when I grow up, so I'm pretty sure a teacher would also be a good path for my personality type 'The Advocate'.
1 year ago
Currently in a marketing job where I have restricted use of creativity... I actually like what I do, and most of the people I work with, and I work at a smaller remote office and like that. But I am finding the work very uninspiring, which makes me unmotivated and I get really hard on myself when I don't keep up with my responsibilities :( I would love to start a 'side hussle' as a tutor for young secondary students (not employed by a school, as I find they tend to have explosively frustratingly restrictions and rules) Is a career in teaching something many INFJs contemplate? I am kinda surprised not to see it mentioned anywhere Be glad if people's thought on INFJs as teachers/tutors...
1 year ago
i was also very suprised it wasn't mentioned. i'm a teacher and i l o v e it. in teaching you have the interpersonal thing, you r also in kinda of a leading position and you need to have a lot of creativity and imagination. good luck in your tutoring:)
1 year ago
This test is wonderful!! INFJ describes me in every way. I love helping people out and seeing that the world becomes a better place for everyone to live in.
2 years ago
Hit the nail on the head. I don't want to rot in an office for the rest of my life.
2 years ago
I have considered becoming a nurse at a children's hospital. Kids have a way of making something bad into something good, like if they have cancer, they are more likely to think more positively than adults. I love that about kids, they always have a positive attitude and are fun to be around. I'm pretty young to worry about this, but I don't care. I love talking about the future, because you can't change the past. Even if we could, we don't know what it will do to our future.
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