5 Best Careers for INFJ: How to Work for and With One.


INFJ personality type

So you took a free personality test and the results are INFJ. The best careers for INFJ personalities are those that connect with people and how they think.

If you don’t know your personality type, this post describes the test at 16personalities.com. It’s based on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator test. The test basically determines which one of 16 personality types you fall into.

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The INFJ personality type is labeled as the “Advocate” or the “Idealist.” INFJ personalities are creative, gentle, and caring. They can be reserved, but under that cool, confident veneer, they are tuned in to what others are feeling. 

Are INFJs Rare?

These idealistic people with high moral standards are a rare personality type. They represent 1-3% of the population. This personality type loves to focus on the future. INFJs entertain themselves by thinking about the meaning of life and like Alice In Wonderland have fallen into many a rabbit hole of deep contemplation. 

Why are INFJs so Special?

What makes the INFJ so special is they can put their lofty ideas into action. They don’t just think about changing the world, they actually do it. 

INFJ Traits

  • They are the epitome of empathy. They have strong emotional and intuitive abilities that make them excellent listeners.  
  • They form strong bonds with people. Despite being introverted, the INFJ must feel connected to people. They especially like to help people.
  • They need alone time. Introverts by nature need to process experiences and think about things. Being alone helps the INFJ recharge their batteries.
  • They put people and feelings first when making a decision. They can be decisive and their decisions won’t please everyone, but they follow their heart not their head. 

The Good 

  • Sensitive to what others need
  • Reserved
  • Creative
  • Future-focused
  • Wants connections with people
  • Deep thinker
  • Idealistic

The Bad

  • Too sensitive at times
  • Difficult to get to know
  • Ridiculously high expectations of themselves and others.
  • Stubborn
  • Avoids confrontation

What the Letters INFJ Stand For

E for Extrovert or I for Introvert

The first letter in the 4-letter personality code indicates if you are an introvert or extrovert.

Do you focus on the world externally? Do you prefer to talk through a situation with people instead of thinking about it? Or do you focus on an inner world where you can think through a situation without input from others?

Extroverts are people who like being around people. They get energized from interacting and have no issues with being in front of people.

Introverts like people, but feel drained from long bouts of interacting with them. They like to process and analyze a situation before taking action and are often seen as reserved.

S For Sensing and N for Intuitive

The second letter in the 4-letter code indicates how you prefer to get your information. An S means you use your senses (eyes, ears, touch, taste, smell) to interpret information. Do you hone in on what is tangible and real?

Or are you an N, an intuitive and able to interpret information to add meaning?

T for Thinking and F for Feeling

Do you make decisions based on logic and reason? T is for thinking through the facts of a situation to make a choice. Or do you prefer to consider people and the circumstances around the situation? Do you factor in the emotional part of making a choice? That would be F for feeling.

J for Judging and P for Perceiving

Judgers, the J in INFJ make a decision, stick to a plan and like to work within the structure. They also like it when people around them do the same. Perceivers or Ps are open to situations and are less concerned about structure and more concerned with having options. Going with the flow.

The 16 Personalities

A Myers-Briggs test such as 16 Personalities categorizes the personality types based on a four-letter code, one from each of the categories above. What you choose is based on what you prefer. The 16 combinations are below.

Personalities compatible with INFJ.

Personalities that clash with INFJ

INFJ

INFP

INTP

INTJ

ISTP

ISTJ

ISFJ

ISFP

ESTP

ESTJ

ESFP

ESFJ

ENFJ

ENFP

ENTP

ENTJ

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You also want to understand why other people do what they do. You are conscientious and committed to your values. You want to work for the common good and are good at making decisions that help you achieve that goal.

Famous People Who are INFJ

  • Oprah Winfrey, television personality
  • Martin Luther King, Jr., civil rights leader
  • Atticus Finch, To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Carl Jung, psychoanalyst
  • Taylor Swift, musician

INFJ Relationships

INFJ relationships

INFJs can express themselves, unlike their ISFJ counterparts, but they have an incredible inner world they like to keep to themselves. Consider yourself lucky if you are one of the few who are allowed access. Toxic people will get the INFJ door slam.

What is an INFJ door slam?

Although an INFJ cherishes strong connections with people, if you abuse that bond you will get the INFJ door slam. This means the INFJ will tolerate you in social circles, or at the holiday table, but forget anything else. They have disconnected from you and will not reconnect.

Are INFJs Selfish?

INFJs rely on their values and seek meaning in relationships and work. They are not selfish,but protect themselves from distractions and toxic people. Deep and complex, they don’t have a huge circle of people, but the people and work do they believe can expect a lifelong relationship. 

INFJ Friends 

The INFJ is a difficult friendship to make. You have to get past the cool reserve and meet the standards that INFJs live by.

Not everyone makes the cut, but INFJs value deep relationships and can be hurt easily.

This personality type will want to be left alone and often feel out of place. As a friend, you can be supportive and give your INFJ plenty of space.

Romance with an INFJ

INFJs are looking for someone they can feel a deep connection with and who share the same values. Be honest. Real. And do the right thing, even if it is not easy. INFJs don’t play. They have no problem being alone.

5 Best Careers for INFJ Personality

1. Psychologist

INFJ career Psychologist

A psychologist career appeals to curious, helpful and compassionate people who rely on feelings and intuition to tune in to situations. Psychologists interact with people and study human behavior.

The job requires a doctoral degree and a license, which takes several years to achieve. This is a long-term career that may not be an option if you are looking for a quick career change.

This career feeds into the INFJs need to help people and improve the quality of life for people who may be suffering.

INFJs are good listeners and love to work through personal problems. They can read a situation and have the patience and compassion to deal with the slow progress and setbacks a patient might have.

2. Counselor

INFJ career counselor

Counselors are similar to psychologists in that they help people work through emotional issues, but the profession does not require a doctoral degree.

There are several types of jobs including those who deal with mental health, rehabilitation from disability, and students in schools. INFJs do not do well in strict corporate structures, so any work they do, they often set their own hours and may even be self-employed.

3. Graphic Designer

INFJs can also be wildly creative. Graphic design can be a fantastic career path for an INFJ. They can rely on their inner world of imagination working with graphics, layout, color, text, and even subtext.

An INFJ graphic designer has an extreme influence in what the final product looks like and how it resonates with the audience. INFJs find great satisfaction in connecting with their audiences through their work.

4. Writer

INFJ Careers Writer

Connecting with an audience can also be done through writing. INFJs often pursue communications careers because they have an elegant way of writing.

Writing careers for INFJs can be anything from creating screenplays and popular blogs to short stories and novels. INFJs bring humor and humanity to what they write.

5. Life Coach or Spiritual Guide

INFJ career life coach

Several INFJ personality traits make working as a life coach or spiritual guide a good fit. They want to make a positive change in people’s lives.

They are excellent communicators who can connect the dots between esoteric concepts and everyday life. The INFJ’s patience and compassion is unmatched, as they truly want to see you succeed.

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INFJ Careers to Avoid

Some of the careers that an INFJ personality will want to avoid include ones that are classified as realistic according to another free career test, the O-NET Interest Profiler. The jobs that do make a good match for an INFJ often are artistic or are occupations that frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns.

They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.  

Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.

They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.

Tracey Lamphere

Tracey Lamphere, M.S. IMC is the editor of Job Affirmations, a publication that provides information and ideas to use mindfulness, positive affirmations, and visualizations to transform your career.

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