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.

Anonymous
2 years ago
Oh my gosh! That is so true! I soo want to be an author! :3
C
2 years ago
I'm only in high school but I've decided that I want to be a high school band teacher one day. It doesn't make much, and my parents drop hints here and there to going into chemistry, which I also enjoy, but I can't see myself doing anything else full-time in life. I like so many things, but music is the thing I'm most passionate about. However, I just wish I wouldn't have to be tied down to one occupation. Being a high school band teacher would obviously take up lots of time as it is, as well as probably doing music gigs on the side, but I also still want to incorporate my other interests in life as possible side occupations. I'd love to be a band director while also being an orchestra member, photographer, psychologist, writer, artist (although I'm not very good), chemist, movie/video producer, something having to do with history or geography, and possibly other things. Ugh so many things to pursue, so little time :/
Hannah
2 years ago
I concure. Too many options! And then once you would decide which is best, you have to *usually* commit to it...
Libby
2 years ago
"Nothing feels right. It feels that I don't fit." -me I am now overwhelmingly happy that I'm not alone! :D I wasted three years of my life forcing myself to take up different courses, 'til I decided to stop. I didn't graduate, I have no job, therefore, I don't have money... but in that time of isolation, I found love and comfort in music. I taught myself guitar and now, it feels right. I never wanted to become an author but I sure do LOVE literature. And those books? They sure do smell VERY good! :)
sunny
2 years ago
"First and foremost is seemingly every INFPs' dream growing up – to become an author. " This is so creepily accurate. I have always wanted to be an author since I started to read books.
Alice
2 years ago
I tried to have a good friendship with my friends but I can't seems to fit in. I'm always the one left out and I just can't seem to get it right....
Mei
2 years ago
No worries. I'm like you too. I always get left out and I can never seem to find a perfect friend...
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