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.

6 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.
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.
6 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.
6 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^^
6 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.
6 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.
5 years ago
As another INFJ attorney, I whole heartedly agree.
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.
5 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!
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