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.

3 years ago
Actually, I never wanted to be an author..or at least I dont remember it. Since I was in elementary school, I've wanted to be an architect. Although for some reason, as I grew up and stressed out over not knowing what I was supposed to do I'd forgotten that I had that dream. Then a few weeks into my first semester of college after I've felt this sad sick feeling inside whenever I imagined myself as a web developer, I remembered my childhood dream. Somehow I thought architects weren't real since I've never met one(XD) So yeah..I decided that that's what I want to do with my life (for now) beautiful houses for people to enjoy their lives in. Now I don't have any uncertainty, even though I know its a shaky market for architects right about now. But who knows, It may be better by the time I'm official :) I'm in my second semester of college and have like..a million more to go XD
3 years ago
It's so shocking and... maybe a little disheartening to see that so many INFPs like me want to be an author and yet most likely won't make it. The whole "helping others" thing is true too, I want to contribute to charity work. Oh well, I still want to be an author.
1 year ago
INFP's are only 4% though. Also blogging and OP-ed can be a way to fulfill that 'author' desire.
3 years ago
I am an INFP who studied psychology in college and worked as a newspaper reporter covering night cops and criminal courts. I saw officers making a positive difference in people's lives. I left reporting for a career in law enforcement. I got through the onerous hiring process. I was two weeks away from starting my Academy when I failed my psychological testing. In a difficult period in my life, I had contemplated suicide and that does not mesh with having a duty weapon assigned to you. I remain a prolific writer and sharer online who tries to marry his Muslim faith and a passion to communicate well. I am certain better days are ahead; I feel it in my bones. My INFP tendencies have given and taken a lot from me and I know God will not let me done. He has not yet. That is only my story; I am happy to read about my INFP cohort's struggles and successes. We need to remain lighthouses and the world is getting increasingly more cloudy. Keep up the faith and passion. I don't know you except from your name and your comments, but I will say many prayers for each of you today.
Saja Hassan
3 years ago
i can hear you ! as an INFP too , i guess i know what you are talking about ! me too by the way I had contemplated suicide, but i guess i still love life , and i want to LIVE ! I want to be an author and i don't know if i can really be one ! i'm afraid :D my mom says it's not a good career :D - or it's not a career at all - but after reading about INFP personality and the comments i guess i wanna take this chance :D , who know i might be famous two years later ^_^ xD and i remember someone told me before that me being alone it will make me a great author ^_^
3 years ago
Oh my gosh! That is so true! I soo want to be an author! :3
3 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 :/
3 years ago
I concure. Too many options! And then once you would decide which is best, you have to *usually* commit to it...
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