INFP Careers

It is perhaps more challenging for INFPs to find a satisfying career than any other type. Though intelligent, the regimented learning style of most schools makes long years earning an advanced degree a formidable undertaking for people with the INFP personality type – at the same time, that’s often what’s needed to advance in a field that rings true for them. INFPs often wish that they could just be, doing what they love without the stress and rigor of professional life.

Oftentimes, as with so many things, the answer lies somewhere in the middle, in a line of work that begins with passion and dedication, but which comes to require training so that the academia feels intimately linked to that passion. Too many INFPs drift in frustration, ultimately succumbing to the necessities of day-to-day life in a job that wasn’t meant for them. But it turns out that, despite such exacting demands, modern economics places a premium on the very keys to INFPs’ challenges: their creativity, independence, and need for meaningful relationships with individuals who need their help.

INFP careers

There’s Place and Means for Everyone

First and foremost is seemingly every INFPs’ dream growing up – to become an author. While a novel is a classic choice, it is rarely an accessible one, and there are many viable options for freedom-loving INFPs. The internet brings to the world the opportunities of blogging and freelance work – as organizations expand their reach beyond their native tongues, they will come to depend on INFP personality types, with their gift for language and written expression, to take their rougher translations and stale pitches and inject them with a sense of beauty and poetry. Smaller organizations will need more than ever to express with elegance the value they bring to local communities.

Most any cause, idea, or field can benefit from the artful and natural expression that INFPs bring to the table, and INFPs have their pick of the world in choosing who they work with.

The real beauty here is that it takes a core interest that people with the INFP personality type share, while helping a cause they believe in, independently, through creative expression and personal growth, and makes it applicable to any interest there is. There will always be a need, and now more than ever, to win people’s hearts and minds with the written word.

Some INFPs will prefer a still more personal touch, being able to work face-to-face with clients, seeing that their personal effort really impacts another’s quality of life. Service careers such as massage therapy, physical rehabilitation, counselling, social work, psychology and even academic roles and retraining can be exceptionally rewarding for INFPs, who take pride in the progress and growth they help to foster. People with the INFP personality type have a tendency to put others’ interests ahead of their own, a mixed blessing by itself, but when a patient takes their first unaided step in the long road to recovery after an accident, nothing will feel more rewarding than that selflessness.

If to Do Were as Easy as to Know What Were Good to Do...

Where INFPs will not thrive is in a high-stress, team-heavy, busy environment that burdens them with bureaucracy and tedium. INFPs need to be able to work with creativity and consideration – high-pressure salespeople they are not. It can be a challenge to avoid these roles, as they are the basis for so much starting work, and it’s often a risk to break away into something less dependable, but more rewarding. To find a career that resonates with INFPs’ values though, that’s more than just a job, sometimes it’s just what needs to be done.

2 days ago
Hey there, I'm INFP-T type And I am having a difficulty in choosing a career I am a musician and I want to persue Music but my parents ask me to get a degree, would someone help me with this?
1 month ago
I’ve always wanted to be an author. I would sometimes change that like an astronaut or a dentist, but I’d always drift back to author. It’s either author, therapist, or a massage.....person
2 months ago
This is really accurate. So accurate it's scary. At least it finally explains the way I am.
9 months ago
Ever since I can remember I wanted to be a game programer, but I don't know I have what it takes to follow that dream. I'll try, but it's very difficult to program right? Is there anyone who programs games that can give tips?
6 months ago
Same here, man.
6 months ago
It shouldn't be very difficult if you practice writing programs. Start with simple languages like Java. Go through tutorials and try to program something simple to start off. It might not be a controllable character running around in the first program you write, but if you put in the effort and practice everyday writing different things, you should be able to start creating a game in a few month time. There are always bunch of resource online. A very good source for programming in general is stack overflow. If your question is to ask rather a INFP can be a game programmer, well I think anything is possible if you put your mind to it as long as you feel satisfy with what you are doing. I am a software developer myself.
1 year ago
This section in particular is scarily accurate. I wanted to become an author when I was younger, even going so far as to contact a publishing agency (who still sends me emails to this day!) in hopes of publishing a book. Upon realizing that I would never make it as an author professionally, I abandoned that idea and wrote stories for fun. I have changed ideas for a career many times; from a veterinarian, to a psychologist, to a forensic scientist but seeing how long it would take for me to reach that level in years of college and schooling has turned me off. I can't believe how true all of this is, it's like someone is watching over my shoulder.
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