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.

4 years ago
It's funny the few that said they thought they were INTJ's... Me too! But here I am, at 41, an INFP. I've been a software developer since I was 10, but have always worked on my own projects (since I'm so independent), and have been through numerous entrepreneurial ventures and starts. I can make very good money as a software developer with 30 years experience, but I can't be held down to an office environment and can't take work that isn't meaningful and creative. I understand now why I've always been good at starting ventures and tech startups, but never could see them through to a business. I don't work well with others collaboratively, and there's only so far you can go as a creative independent entrepreneur. I've done well in real estate investing and also in partnership with strong E types when I get to be the creative. I'm married to an ISTJ, who keeps me stable and grounded, but who finds it difficult to give me the affirmation and emotional support that I need, but who I am attracted to the constant challenge of helping her grow and be happy. I hope that my story helps someone here. Technology work is not a bad option for INFPs in my opinion, as programming can be quite creative and important, but it doesn't have one-to-one impact of personal counseling or fame-without-being-the-center-of-attention of writing that I feel attracted to as well.
4 years ago
Sadly my problem is I never feel satisfied with a "job," I always feel like I am wasting my time working for the man, like there is so much I could be doing with my time to benefit the world. Unfortunately those things do not pay the bills.
4 years ago
Hey Cally! That's how I feel, too. So maybe you can think about a career path that will allow you to pay the bills and benefit the world. If you can't get the two to converge, I would use some spare time volunteering somewhere that you feel passionately about. That way, you'll satisfy the need to feel needed and useful while also paying the bills. You don't have to volunteer a lot, even just a few hours a month can help you feel more satisfied.
4 years ago
I am quite surprise with the results that I am seeing as it does reflect my INFP personality pretty accurately. I am also a bit shock that only a minute % of population in America is INFP. I am from Asia and I believe that most Asians would fall into this category (I just introduce this test to my cousin and she's the same as me!) I tend to believe that personality can also be shaped through the education system and social/culture expectations. Do you agree?
4 years ago
My issue is that there are too many things I want to do with my life. Too many options.
4 years ago
I feel exactly the same way.
Hanah Everly
5 years ago
I'm an INFP and it's funny because I've always wanted to either be a journalist, or a psychologist (counselor). I never knew anything about the "type" of personality I had. I took this test and found out that I'm an INFP and I read some of the career match ups and both of my "dream jobs" were on the list. I actually took the personality test to see what was on the career section to figure out which one I should pursuit, they are both on their LOL So I'm stuck at square one again. I've always been interested in writing, but I've always loved psych. Such a tough decision. Does anyone else that's an INFP ever feel kind of whimsy when it comes to making a concrete decision about your future? I seem to feel whimsy and indecisive about my college major, what I'm actually suppose to be doing with my life. I feel like I was put on this earth to do something truly meaningful and fulfilling but I just can't put my finger on it. Strange, I know! LOL Well it was nice reading about this personality type. It's crazy that only like 4% of the pop. is an INFP. We're a rare bunch of ppl! That's pretty neat. It was nice reading everyone's comments. I could relate to most.
4 years ago
Hannah, you will not believe how much I can relate to what you've written. I feel the exact same way. In fact, I did my bachelors in Journalism, Psychology and English Literature. Good thing we had triple majors! =D Currently pursuing Masters in Psych (Human Resource) and hoping it leads somewhere good. And ditto on the "I have a purpose but not sure what to do with my life" bit. It is kind of comforting though, to know there are others struggling with similar situations. Although, it doesn't get us any closer to being decisive about anything. Ha! =)
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