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.

5 years ago
I have just done the test and am a INFJ. I am in my 30's have the perfect husband and very frustrated in my career! I am currently working in the accounts department of a law firm but I want SO much more! I want a real career - I am a workaholic, I did ebilling for a year and a half and I loved every minute of it (I love problem solving!). I want to study and do a degree BUT I CANNOT DECIDE what I should do! I am so stuck! Don't know whay this has to be so hard! Other than that I love being who I am - and I am loving the journey of discovering who I am!
5 years ago
Now what do i say.... i am just simply overwhelmed by this all... the sheer accuracy of the analysis has me sweating in my palms, i am 19 years old, i have finished high school and still yet i do not know what i want to major in, my choices change with the wind, well for now i have chosen to major in Law,. Growing up and even up until now i actively avoided people and had very few friends, but people had me as their best friends... my cousin once told me that perhaps it's because i have a great listening ear, even people who are way older approach me for advice and this just amuses me. I have been called a dreamer, a complex person and a veil.... i guess all of those are correct, i didn't accept myself wholly before, but not anymore... Thanks to anyone who has contributed to this forum and helped in this journey of self discovery!!
5 years ago
I am an INFJ, and I teach English at a community college where I get to interact with students of all ages from all different backgrounds, some of whom are categorized as "at-risk" students. Everything in the above description coincides with why I love what I do and why I feel fulfilled doing it. On the other hand, when I worked in retail before I went to grad school and had to do nothing but ring up customers all day long, I loathed it because there was no real purpose (in my view) for the work. I didn't feel like I was "accomplishing" anything, and I hated the many brief interactions with strangers every single day; it was exhausting! I also found the part about INFJ personalities being misinterpreted by others as extroverts (based on having a warm personality) to be very interesting. In the classroom I have no problem interacting with and directing a classroom full of students, so it makes sense that some might see me as an extrovert, but outside of that role that level of interaction with large groups of people is uncomfortable for me. It's rather affirming to know that I chose a career that fits me so well!
5 years ago
So glad to read the posts here and see I am not alone in the struggle to find a career that fits. Have been an RN for 20years and worked weekends at least 15 of those years trying to avoid petty politics. Now in an area that is all about the money. Ugh. I can identify with Stephen above, definitely alienated from most people. Longest job 3 years, most last a year. Friends and family can't understand it. Have gone back to school twice trying to find the solution. I like helping people, trouble is in today's society, the so called "helping professions" really don't allow helping anyone. At least now with this test it has narrowed the field of choices for me. Thank you all for your posts, it really is helpful to see what is and is not working for others in their careers.
5 years ago
Scored as an INFJ and so far everything I read amazes me in accuracy. I am actually in IT and I love it... not very in line with the most common, however I do see all the mentioned traits being there... love volunteering and love psychology books as a hobby read and love crafts... working on taking criticism without being horribly wounded by it :) but when it's unjustified - drives me up the wall ... still amazed at how spot on everything is in this article
5 years ago
I do IT too, but I don't like it. I graduated with a CS degree after pressure to do something that would land a job, and even in school I knew it wasn't for me. I think what bothers me about IT is that it isn't abstract enough and is too specific. I love figuring out problems and getting it right. Another thing about IT that I don't like is that it doesn't feel like it makes a big enough difference with people. I am more interested in working one on one with people. I have considered pursuing a bunch of different professions in the last year, here is my list: social worker(didn't seem like a good financial move since my salary would be less than I make now and my family is struggling), health care manager(I was more interested in making good health related decisions than managing, but now that I have looked into it, there are a lot of pressures that I don't think I would want to handle), mechanical engineer (I thought I could create something to help us with our current climate change issue), dietitian (this still appeals to me, but I am not sure), counselor (I like dealing with people's thoughts, hearing about what is going on), and civil rights lawyer (I want to help fix the system that doesn't work for so many people, but I don't know if I can handle the pressures either).
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