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Careers for INFJ Personality Types

By Brenda Ellis,

Whether you're a young adult trying to find your place in the world, or a not-so-young adult trying to find out if you're moving along the right path, it's important to understand yourself and the personality traits that will impact your likeliness to succeed or fail at various careers. It's equally important to understand what is really important to you. When armed with an understanding of your strengths and weaknesses, and an awareness of what you truly value, you are in an excellent position to pick a career that you will find rewarding.

The following traits are generally found in INFJs:

  1. Intuitively understand people and situations
  2. Idealistic
  3. Highly principled
  4. Complex and deep
  5. Natural leaders
  6. Sensitive and compassionate towards people
  7. Service-oriented
  8. Future-oriented
  9. Value deep, authentic relationships
  10. Reserved about expressing their true selves
  11. Dislike dealing with details unless they enhance or promote their vision
  12. Constantly seeking meaning and purpose in everything
  13. Creative and visionary
  14. Intense and tightly-wound
  15. Can work logically and rationally - use their intuition to understand the goal and work backwards towards it

The INFJ is a special individual who needs more out of a career than a job. They need to feel as if everything they do in their lives is in sync with their strong value systems - with what they believe to be right. Accordingly, the INFJ should choose a career in which they're able to live their daily lives in accordance with their deeply-held principles, one that supports them in their life quest to be doing something meaningful. Since INFJs have such strong value systems, and persistent intuitive visions that lend them a sense of "knowing", they do best in positions in which they are leaders, rather than followers. Although they can happily follow individuals who are leading in a direction that the INFJ fully supports, they will very unhappy following in any other situation.

The following list of professions is built on our impression of careers that would be especially suitable for an INFJ. It is meant to be a starting place, rather than an exhaustive list. There are no guarantees that any or all of the careers listed here would be appropriate for you, or that your best career match is among those listed here.


Possible Careers Paths for INFJ

Clergy / Religious Work
Medical Doctors / Dentists
Alternative Health Care Practitioners
Counselors and Social Workers
Musicians and Artists
Child Care / Early Childhood Development