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.

5 years ago
I thought I was losing my mind for a it seems like there's a reason to my madness. I feel as though I've wondered through life trying one thing after another. I dropped out of school because I changed my major too many times- none of the majors brought me excitement or even just going to school. Then I worked at a call center (it's HELL) then became a 911 Dispatcher (emotional HELL) and now...I'm trying to look for a career with a purpose. I was going to go the the Sassoon Academy in Santa Monica but asked myself if I truly wanted to cut hair or do makeup the rest of my life...NO. So I'm back as square one. I have realized I don't have a "passion" for anything which scares me. I hate to cook, I hate trying to convince people to do something, I hate office politics, I hate routine. I know what I like, I don't know what I love (career wise) and so here I am...
5 years ago
I'm going to do a PhD in anthropology - lucky to have found this career path when I was 21. I abhor routine, I like to work independently on large projects, I want the flexibility and freedom offered through long term field research...and I can focus my research, hopefully, on something that will actually help people. I spend copious amounts of time absorbed in my own thoughts...people have commented on this all my life, but now I see this internal reflection is an integral part of my personality. Anyway, anyone unsure of a career path could look into anthropology. It is a discipline that requires the writing skills, empathy, and passion inherent in the INFP personality.
5 years ago
I just found out that I am INFP. Now I know why I'm a little weird as in I'm not total introvert but not extrovert either. Socializing would only happen when somebody twist my arm, but meeting strangers on a daily basis was fun when I manned the cashier at a local fast-food place. Now I know it's because of the act of serving others, mainly hungry people wanting food. But the pay was not much so I had to let it go. Now I'm stuck with 9 to 5 job, and it's slowly killing me. Working for pay check is not for INFP, that is true enough. Wonder what I could do next. I hope to find a job behind a counter again, but is thinking about something more creative. I'll find it, whatever it is =)
5 years ago
Great post! Thanks NO ONE ^ for the positive post! I, too, have found myself not fulfilled at the current job I have now. We're basically healers right? And somehow, there is no really a specific course for us because we're too rare. But it is true that if you want something bad enough, there is always a way. :) We are so unique. We are a gift to this world. But we'll find our way.. one step and smile at a time. ;)
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5 years ago
I'm an INFP. I HAVE found that I am a decent writer, which is surprising because I never really thought I was when I was younger. I see writing as more as a relaxer or a means to an end however. I am about to graduate college in a week, (which means I should probably be studying right now for finals...) and will be starting medical school in last August. (It is odd because before researching these personality types, I had a strong feeling that one of the key factors I was accepted into med school was because of my personal statement...) This somewhat conflicts with some of what is mentioned above, not being able to cope with high-stress situations, but I find that if you want something bad enough, there is always a way. :) Just wanted to post this to show there is definitely diversity among the career paths one may choose as an INFP. I have chosen mine based on my principles, and my realistically idealistic desire to heal the world, one smile at a time. :)
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