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.

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3 years ago
I've kind of had being a photographer in the back of my head as a career for a while now, but as I near college, I'm seeing just how badly I'd have to fall into the business mindset. It wouldn't just be fun portraits for friends and family anymore, it'd have to turn into working with organized associations and people I'd have to be around whether I'd like it or not. >.< So maybe childrens' books author and/or illustrator will work out... idk..
Alex ^-^
3 years ago
This is a billion time fifty thousand percent true! I was reading this thing and all I was thinking was "Yep, that's me, all me, everything is me, my life" We are like the society rejects cause care about all of the stuff society hates or doesn't care about! But we're awesome together!
3 years ago
I'm actually on my way to becoming a writer, I'm sort of an all rounder in the arts. I love expressing myself and making my friends and other people happy. I agree that we're not practical enough though. Being a renowned Poet and Novelist (My personal dream) is something I love ; it's more fun than "a regular job". I hate being emotional sometimes though but it's good that I can brighter my friends' day when they're down. People say I'm weird though. But al in all, it's nice to be weird. #Selfexpression :D :D
3 years ago
"First and foremost is seemingly every INFPs' dream growing up - to become an author." I read this and I just couldn't comprehend how accurate this is, at least for me, because I actually do want to be an author.
3 years ago
My brother wanted me to become a laboratory technician and I even started the course but just thinking about all the whiteness, sterility and lack of creativity in that environment made me nauseous and kind of depressed. Then my sister wanted me to work in an office so I went to a couple of interviews for the position of an office trainee but I just couldn''t imagine myself sitting in front of a computer all day and moving a few papers work needs to have meaning and make a difference for someone! I can't work just for money...
3 years ago
I can't either it just seems so lackluster and depressing. Too commercialized for me, to just work day after day doing something that doesn't help anybody in anyway, it just pays the bills.
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