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.

Jacqueline R
5 years ago
This test was so eye opening. I am an infj and to know that I am so rare is quite liberating. I am a person who has/ and continues to struggle ( at least so far) with what I want to do with my life. I have held a various, diverse amount of jobs in my lifetime and now at 35, unemployed and seeking a change in life to ultimately be happy, I feel that I have a renewed drive to achieve true balance and happiness out of life. Now that I am armed with more information about myself, and what works for me, now I just have to find my passion in life and run with it!
Stephen S
5 years ago
Jacqueline R, I just read your post now and am reaffirming that we ARE rare and as INFJ's love praise, wanted to pay you a compliment. On a more serious note, I have struggled for 35 lonnnngggggg years to find a sense of purpose and meaning in my life. I have held a number of jobs, some interesting, some not, but ALL leaving me longing. As I read through all of the posts, making a contribution to humanity appears to be one of the most important things to all of us, pretty amazing considering the diversity of careers we are all in. Mike V, the filmmaker who does not like conflict and criticism, Badlands having the ability to do a wide variety of tasks and communicating best through writing and Lina's frustration with water regulation, all substantiate the personality traits of us INFJ's. Since we comprise 1% of the population, most other people do not understand us, our way of thinking and what motivates us, from the teachers that taught us, our families, friends and people we love(d) and even employers we work for. I am curious to know if as a result of this, any of you have settled into ineffectual careers, felt alienation within your own families and have had less than ideal relationships with your spouses. Delving deeper now into my INFJ conundrum. As a young boy growing up, in those critical developmental years, that being ‘misunderstood’ by everyone (well, 99% of everyone) and my feelings of alienation led to low feelings of self worth, loneliness, lack of direction and alcohol and drug use. Eventually this led to a lack of interest and falling behind in my studies and learning, stunting my growth both scholastic and more important, I believe, emotional. I had lived my life flying by the seat of my pants and playing ‘catch up’ ever since. For most of my life I lacked discipline, direction and a future plan or purpose. I have been reactive to everyone and everything around me rather than proactive. This is one of the keys and I thank Stephen Covey for his “7 Habits of Successful People” which I am studying now and would highly recommend it to anyone else, at any age that could use a jumpstart in their life to start living! It’s never too late, I am 48 years old and recreating my life as an INFJ!
Sarah M
5 years ago
I'm an INFJ and have worked as a police dispatcher for the last twenty years. This test was eye opening!
Jose
5 years ago
This makes perfect sense to me. I work retail right now and I am pretty happy working there. I get great pleasure helping out customers whether to inform them of our product, saying which ones are best for them, or even trying to save them money any way I can. But if I get put on register too long I start losing my mind.
BadLands
5 years ago
I'm an INFJ, too, and am currently happy in my work position. What has made it great is the ability to do a very wide range of tasks (HATE being pigeonholed) so I feel like I am using all of my skills and (this is key) working from home. Since nobody is in my face, I feel relaxed most of the time. When a situation does arise, it's usually over email, so I can take a few minutes to think it out and respond. I communicate best through writing, anyway, so that helps. Future goals include being my own boss someday, and some sort of creative and/or social justice endeavor. What has NOT worked for me in the past: Working with the public (very, very draining for me), only being responsible for one or two tasks, being thrown into a complex project and expected to just figure it out (I do best in more formal training situations, or teams with lots of cooperation.) Live and learn! Good luck.
Lina
5 years ago
Wow, Badlands, I feel exactly the same. I was so depressed with a public job i was doing. I had exactly to do that: work with lots of people I never met, being responsible for 1 or 2 useless tasks (in my vision), being pigeonholed (my tasks are defined by law, so I cant derive from that and I have to keep in line for the reviewing of what we did at end of year), and I was thrown into a water regulation institution very young, knowing nothing of water regulation, having no training on it and just having to figure it out what I should be doing there. I agree! THAT THE WORST POSSIBLE! :) I do much better in formal training.
Mike V.
5 years ago
I´m INFJ and I´m a filmmaker since all my life I have wanted to make films that can inspire people to be more aware of what´s the deal of being a human being. The only disadvantage is when conflict and criticism get to be a part of the job. Criticism can be handled off the film set since is mostly after the movie is presented when reviews start to appear, but conflict can and will surely rise on production and I have found myself being demotivated in seconds when one on my collaborators starts yelling or being a douche. I hope that with time I get a reputation that will make people trust me more, so they can be calmer and not fight with me. Cause it really has killed my creative vibe more than once, and ultimately affected the results on screen. Another thing I discovered with this test, is that my best work tends to be personal... and independent. I can do right for hire, but then I´m no better than others. The best things I have done are mine and not based on other´s. This test was cool. But yeah, being 1% certainly gives you a very unique point of view of life... or at least it feels that way. So here´s to hoping this vision can make my work more interesting and relevant.
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