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.

Anonymous
2 years ago
so weird looking at the other comments because I feel exactly the same way. I want to be able to express my creativity but at the same time I want to help people and make a difference. I've always been interested in activism and helping out others but at the same time I would love to design things and they're both so different and it's so difficult to choose
Anonymous
2 years ago
I feel like you 100%!! i'm really into activism and political justice but i know that it would always be a side thing. i also really want to help others by being a doctor (or the like) and i also want to be a designer of sorts (fashion, graphic, interior and etc.). there is so much to choose from but it'd be so hard to combine the two.
Rachel
2 years ago
All I want is a career that lets me speak my voice, but then, I'm too nervous. It's the only time I'm shy - stage/silence/attention. :(
8 months ago
I know how you feel. I want a career that lets me speak my voice, but I am also extremely shy.
Rees Beresford-Howe
2 years ago
I always thought I was alone in this world, that no one else was like me, but now I know that other people are out there, maybe my true love or more friends, this quiz is all me, I'm always in quiet places and I don't talk much at school, some people say rumors like, oh she's always by herself, and they pity me, and I feel that now I know that there are people like me, I don't feel so alone anymore, I feel that now, I truly belong somewhere, and that a mysterious hole in my heart has been filled with all the answers I need
8 months ago
You are correct. I spend so much time in quiet places and don't talk that much at school, it feels great to know that it's not just me but a whole lot of other people too. It's who we are.
Dayhana Lopez
2 years ago
I think we all just want everything this world has to offer, that's why we have so much trouble deciding on a career, or simply someone to share our life with
Dayhana Lopez
2 years ago
I've always felt like i was wierd, but i sort of embraced it along the road :) I could never quite put my finger on why i felt so different, We're rare guys ;)
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