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.

1 year ago
My parents (and practically every person I meet) want me to be a lawyer. Deep down though I want to be a author, but when I try telling them that they say that that kind of a job will never get you money and succes and that it is a hobby. I have no idea whether I should follow my heart or the logical advice I’m getting.
11 months ago
Always follow your heart. Your parents want the best for you but in the end it is your life. And life is what you make it. If you are fine with the life of an author the go ahead and be an author girl!
10 months ago
Follow your heart. If those dreams could continue to resist your parents will, then it must be your souls way of saying, "Hey, you would benefit from this decision.". You should never ignore such a strong calling from your soul.
10 months ago
There's always the option of being an author on the side, but choosing a career that caters to similar interests, such as journalism. You get to write for a living and work on novels in your spare time. There's also the option of working with authors who have found success as an editor or the like. They're similar jobs, though much more reliable in terms money and stability. Personally, I don't like risks, but have always wanted to write. A few years ago, I had come to the conclusion that being an editor (for novels) was the best option for stability while still catering to my interests. Though things have changed since then, I stand by my thought process.
1 year ago
I wish I knew myself better a few years ago. I work in computer science, in a company with way too many people, open space offices, meetings and deadlines galore... I am not okay and I can't even fix it anymore.
9 months ago
The first step to solving a problem is acknowledging that there is one. Knowing your situation needs to improve is actually really important. Expressing more of these thoughts and feelings with people you know is a very crucial way of helping change your life for you. People will be able to express their agreement that your life can change for the better, once you tell them what it's really like. The more complex details o change is stability in finance and relationships. If you have the means, learning how to let go of this situation is also really important. You don't have to be someone you're really not.
1 year ago
So many people tell me to be an author, but all i like to write are short articles, and i never want to publish them(i have only published one interview) but i wasn't really me. Now i found a career for me that is face to face work with an artistic angle and ever-changing and i am finally at peace with my choice. I am studying and will be a hair stylist/hair colourist
1 year ago
Video Game Narrative Designer is what I'm aiming for. Almost an author, but not quite....
1 year 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?
11 months ago
I am also an INFP-T and I would like to be an actor. Nothing is going to stop me so don't let anything stop you being a Musician.
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