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'm struggling with choosing the right career for a long time. I want something with meaning, I'd like to help people I was thinking about firefighter,air force pilot but I'm really sensitive (and my mom thinks these're dangerous) but I really want to be an actor,writer,director. I love writing poems, playing on my guitar and I just can't give up on my creative side. What should I do? Any advice? PS- Sorry for my english I'm not native speaker
3 years ago
"[T]hey will simply wilt under the scrutiny, criticism and pressure of courtroom prosecution and defense..." I wish I had read those words 11 years ago, before beginning law school and embarking on a career as an attorney. I can think of few things that I would find more intellectually stimulating than the law, but the toll that the constant conflict takes is at times overwhelming.
3 years ago
This agreed with me extremely well. However I would like to add that engineering is a great career I find odd is not mentioned here. For instance, Although a being a doctor can help improve a thousand hundred peoples lives in there lifespan, an engineer working on a humanitarian project can improve 10 times this in a single year. eg, designing cheap solar powered lanterns that can be provided to children in developing country's allowing then to read and study at night. Designing water systems in country's like Nepal so that people in remote villages don't have to send there daughters down the mountain every day to find fresh water, When this time could of been spent on education to improve there lives.
3 years ago
Been strugling for my career path for a year now. Can't really decide what to do with my life. Most of the stuff here are true : Need to have a meaning and the need to know that my work will help and connect with people. I have a strong interest in art and pschology but I took engineering when I was in college because there's simply no future in art/psychology in my country. Seems like having a great network, to have a great marketing/sales skill, or be in a multinational corporate is the way out to make a better living in my situation. Tried corporate path for 3 years after I graduate, had a great position but I quit because I didn't feel that I belong in the corporate world. My family and friends think it's a stupid decision to quit but I can't lie to myself. The nature of office politics was very disturbing to me and I had no grit to stay. I bought a camera and learned photography myself and now I'm a freelance photographer for 5 years and got myself working for lifestyle magazines. I can't lie that I need to earn money and this is where the money brought me: a high lifestyle materialistic society. This makes me sick and once again I'm lost...
4 years ago
I was simply awe-struck and almost in tears at the veracity of the INFJ's career conundrum. It was like a psychic telling my story. I am a Commerce graduate and an MBA in Finance, having bagged gold medals in both, yet have the least interest in those fields. I completed my education 4 years ago, but am still looking out for the correct job.
3 years ago
I am in the career conundrum as we speak. Was a public accountant for a few years, now considering wildly different career paths including pursuing an MBA (most likely in finance), working for a private company, entrepreneurship, professional poker player, or some combination thereof. I am motivated by money, challenges and helping people. If I can find a situation where I can do all three, that would be ideal. Any advice for a career switch or making career decisions early on (it is tough as the article suggests!)? I will have no problem committing once I figure it out.
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