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.

Sarah
3 years ago
One thing I forgot to mention was that I LOVE helping children. I have such a good connection with kids, I think their Gods gift and I would love to have a career working with them! :)
Pam
3 years ago
I have had so many careers and I'm about to embark on another. I started as a medical assistant, tutor, funeral services, and currently, editor. Over these I've tried studying nursing, but for various reasons, aborted that dream. Now, I'm stuck deciding between a master's in educational counseling or health educator. This summary has me leaning towards counselor. I've always just thought I was weird--but it's because there are not many INFJs out there to mirror ourselves.
Tracy
3 years ago
WISH i had found this when i was 19 . I am 44 now and have struggled all my life with career choice . Its real funny that all the jobs that fit INFJs are exactly the things i dreamed of doing but never felt confident enough or had the opportunity to act on . My dream is to be a drug rehab counselor . At my age it seems so far away and to late to pursue . But alas it will be my passion as long as i live . I have helped people thru this but never been paid for it . And thats ok too
Kate
3 years ago
As an INFJ I often wonder if I will ever find meaningful, fulfilling relationship with some who gets me. I have many dear friends but I have never met anyone who SEES me as I know myself. ..I think as INFJs we have a quiet compassion for ourselves - I feel like I know myself best when I just sit and reflect and enjoy my thoughts- it surpasses words and is more to do with feeling. I yearn for deep connection. It's like the idea of being an Empath - INFJs have the ability to sense and intrinsically understand how others are feeling (not necessarily sympathy). Maybe I assume too much to believe I can 'feel' others well. But I long for that - that someone else could 'feel' me.
Danielle
3 years ago
I cannot begin to describe how much I relate to your post, thank you
Joseph
3 years ago
Know exactly how you feel.
dayhana lopez
3 years ago
Im so happy i found this website, kate i feel you 100% , No you don't assume too much, i've always felt that way to. I really do think we can see past the mask that other people try to front, and it's nice to know that theres people out there like me:)
1 year ago
I feel the same way.
Jedijd
3 years ago
How odd! I'm an attorney, high profile conflict, and it's heaven to me. I'm outstanding at what I do because I can read anyone who is before me, be they witness, plaintiff, or judge. There are no careers at which we cannot excel. We know things that others don't.
Anonymous
3 years ago
Good to know Jedijd - i am going into Accounting and love data analysis, hoping it will be the career for me.
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