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.

3 years ago
I second the INFJ having a difficult time choosing a career path early on! I am going through that now and I am definitely extensively considering wildly different paths that all make sense for some reason or another. It is tough to come to a conclusion on something so meaningful so early on in the process (although I will have no problem sticking to it once I do). Any advice from INFJ'ers who have had similar experiences and what helped you early on in your career or when switching careers after a few years experience? Thanks!
The secret infp
3 years ago
INFPs are a lot like INFJs, but there are some differences. For example, my friend is an INFJ and I am an INFP. Though we both like to write, she is more of a playwright, while I see myself as a poet. You guys are so awesome.
Susan B
3 years ago
I am an INFJ and my sister is an INFP. It's funny, because she is the one person I have found in a very long time that I can talk with on topics at depth!
lemon squares are alright
3 years ago
"money and Employee of the Month simply won’t cut it compared to living their values and principles".... some one offered me a job at this big company where i would be getting big money. i said no because i'm focusing in my small career. my mom looked at me if i were crazy .
3 years ago
Yes to all of this! I've changed my mind so much. I just finished teaching English abroad, I was good at it but it exhausted me so much. I used to work in nonprofit social services which was a good fit but office politics were horrible. Also nearly started a photography business but wedding photography frustrated me too much. Applied to a masters in counseling, got accepted, and have decided not to go because my heart just isn't in it. I want to help people but I also want to live a financially stable life and have time to pursue hobbies without massive student loan debt... Glad I'm not alone!
3 years ago
This is pretty spot on. At first I was preparing to become a video game designer (specifically story and concept development). I took many classes in coding and animation, but eventually found that I was a much better fit in sculpture art. I am now in college preparing to become a fine art professor. Even though I know that I'll be much happier in this field, it still breaks my heart having to leave game design. Some days I'm tempted to return to game design.
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