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 months ago
This explains why I LOVE everything to do with creativity!!! I love writing, telling stories, drawing, acting, creating music, animating, creating characters, creating comics; just AAAHHHH I JUST LOVE BEING CREATIVE!!! This is literally the definition of me, didn't think that there would ever be something more accurate than the Zodiac signs, introvert/ extrovert/ ambivalent and other things do to with personalities! I just fell in love with this website <3
6 months ago
Sign me up to be creative in anything. I just love taking something and changing it so it’s odd and peculiar but still something that people can love. A game I often play is League of Legends because of the diversity and creativity that went into it. I just can’t get enough of that. So I’m gonna go into making food!!
8 months ago
When I graduated from college the first job I had besides tutoring was as an editor for a small publication. I lasted less than three months because I did not get along at all with the boss (an ESTJ type, very Devil Wears Prada). I ended up in retail for years because I couldn’t get back into editing; my ex boss may have been sabotaging my references but I couldn’t be sure. I believed in the products I was selling but the retail environment was dreadful. Now I’m back in school trying to get another degree because I’m stuck. Everyone I know keeps telling me to start a blog, but I only feel comfortable communicating in forums, not announcing my opinions on high for randos to comment on and troll me about. I do want to become an author, through. It’s much more comfortable having fictional characters speak for me than just putting my own awkward ramblings out there.
9 months ago
Personally I've always tended towards the sciences and have little interest in being an author because it sounds like a lot of creative effort and energy
11 months ago
I feel that Electronics engineering wasn't the right choice for me, and I'm in 2nd year of Engineering should I quit?, I really don't have interest in this course. Could someone help me up with this?
6 months ago
You may change your study path if you could...! Or you could wait til you finish this course and learn the one you want. Learn something you think it's good for you. Besides, with the knowledge of the current study path you're having, you'll most likely have more knowledge in different fields and it'll be very handy in the future.
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