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.

Oliver
5 years ago
Hi all, I scored as an INFJ as well. I discovered it (or myself) earlier this year and it was a huge improvement in my questionning of life. I used to think I was alone thinking the way I think and then, I realized that I was statistically reproductible. I was somehow relieved. I consider myself creative as compared to most people around me, and I enjoy learning tons of new things, and doing "useless" readings. The most surprising news is that Keith just above does practically the same thing as me (I am a Business Analyst on a big database), and he choose the same path of Architecture as a future job option. For given you like logical stuff, this job allows to embrace big pictures and to bind people, all the stuff an INFJ would enjoy in my honest opinion. Before that I wanted to work in the Human Resources, as a recruiter for beginning. Who need recruiters when people are made redundant?;o So I applied to what I did as a past time: IT and landed in the functional side. As you noticed, I also like writing long texts ^^ Anyway, have fun everybody, and continue seeing people with your hearts^^
Keith
5 years ago
I have held many different roles most of which were not in any way suited to my INFJ personality. My current title as a Database Administrator would normally be boring and tedious, but I have morphed it to include complex long-term architectural design and planning for people and systems beyond the data. I would suggest that something in the area of IT Enterprise Architect. The ability to intuit the complex designs based on diverse people needs and act as a catalyst to move the ideas into fruition is very satisfying.
Amy
5 years ago
I am an INFJ and an attorney. While there is so much in the practice of law that appeals to my INFJ personality - it allows me to do interesting, non-routine work, my intuitive ability to read people has helped me succeed at oral argument and is essential to building strong client relationships, and I am able to help my clients achieve their goals - the pressure (tight deadlines, high stakes, etc.) and the constant conflict tend to be energy depleting and anxiety provoking. I've been practicing for 5 years and am still trying to find a balance. I love the law, and I like practicing, but I would not recommend that an INFJ pursue a career in law.
Vanessa
5 years ago
As another INFJ attorney, I whole heartedly agree.
Tia
5 years ago
Hi, Have you thought about becoming a law professor? It seems like that might be cool for you...?
Marilyn Dimas
5 years ago
Yes I also agree also am an attorney. I work in human rights and immigration law. This allows person relationships and the feeling that I work towards goals that improve life. However in retrospect I would have chosen to spend my career in a more creative field or as a pastor or psychologist. I am an Ordained elder and this provides an outlet.
Jess
4 years ago
I am an INFJ working investment banking and concur with your comments that although i find the work often challenging and stimulating but the constant conflict and confrontation could drain your energy quite quickly!
Nurjan
5 years ago
My result was INFJ and after reading the descriptions, it seems quite accurate. I am an acupuncture physician by trade, I also teach yoga. I find both activities very satisfying. I certainly don't earn a lot of money from either (I volunteer teaching yoga at the local prison), but they give me great inner satisfaction. It is critical for me to have my livelihood reflect my inner beliefs, without that, it's just a job. I love writing and have always wanted to write a book, so maybe that will be my next addition to my life of seeking out soul-satisfying work. Interesting fact: one of my daughters is ENFJ, the other is INFJ, those personality types must run in the family...
Axel
6 years ago
i agree to Dita Natalia, i am an infj and i think INFJ more suitable to civil-related job - i'm interested in these fields. as it have great impact to humanity. rather than arts related career which i think don't really have impact, only small impact i think. i love arts; drawing, sculpting etc but not see it as a careers. and sorry for my bad english :)
Jessie
5 years ago
Wow! I found this very interesting! I am also an INFJ and recently graduated from high school. During high school, I took 4 years of various art classes. I have always loved art and it is probably the only thing I am naturally very very good at. However, I was never able to find true satisfaction through art and I also disliked the recognition of my artistic achievements because, as you said, they don't have any real impact. Everyone was surprised that I did not declare an art major when I came to college instead I am declared in CIVIL engineering. Your opinion was very reassuring for me, thank you so much.
Nat
4 years ago
Hey Axel & Jessie - me too, I was and still am always very much into various forms of arts with over-the-average talent according to my teachers, but I never considered it to be my profession because I couldn't cope with playing or exhibiting to other (especially unknown) people because I am ways to shy and it was ways to private for me... No career in that field for me, but wouldn't want to miss it as a hobby!
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