When it comes to careers, INFJs seek two things: creative freedom and meaning. INFJs tend to be independent thinkers and doers, and we prefer to pave our own path rather than follow a set of strict workplace rules. We also seek meaning in our work, feeling most fulfilled when we know that we are in some way helping others or making a difference.
Many INFJs are able to work any job as long as they are fueling the desire for creative independence and meaning in other ways — through volunteer work or hobbies for instance.
However, if having these things be a part of your everyday working life is important to you, then here are a few career options to consider:
INFJs excel in this type of role because it give us the opportunity to work independently and the freedom to make decisions on our own. Our innate ability to understand others and differing perspectives make us great communicators, especially in written form. INFJs can also find meaning in this type of work as long as we are writing about something we are passionate about and/or is helpful to others. INFJs often find success as bloggers, journalists, and authors. Fun fact: Author JK Rowling is a self-identified INFJ.
Small Business Owner
Working in a corporate environment or under the supervision of others can be highly stressful for INFJs, especially if the job isn’t fulfilling. Since SJs make up half of the population, INFJs often find themselves working alongside or under these types, who have completely different working and managing styles. While owning a business comes with it’s own set of stresses, this situation is much preferable for INFJs. Whether it’s a coffee shop, private practice, freelance design business, or other small business, INFJs tend to be much happier in environments where we make the rules and call the shots.
Counselor or Social Worker
David Keirsey refers to INFJs as ‘The Counselor’ so obviously this is a very fitting profession. INFJs are extremely empathetic and great listeners. Our unique ability to walk in someone else’s shoes without becoming too emotionally invested in their situation make the counseling career option a great choice. Social work is also an attractive career path, since it fulfills our desire to help others and make a positive impact.
Musician, Artist, or Photographer
INFJs are naturally a creative type, so any sort of artistic profession is attractive and rewarding. INFJs can be very successful in an artistic career because we are so in tune with emotions and add a lot of depth to our artistic pursuits. Our Introverted Intuition and Extroverted Feeling functions paired together make us great at reading people and understanding what the audience wants to hear or see. If you’re an INFJ who wants to pursue an artistic career path, but struggle with putting yourself out there, check out my article on dealing with doubt as an INFJ.
Alternative Health Care Practitioner
Many INFJs are highly intuitive and also empaths. This makes INFJs a great fit in the field of alternative health. This career field offers a plethora of opportunities — chiropractor, yoga instructor, massage therapist, and acupuncturist are just a few of the options. INFJs are happiest when we are in peaceful, relaxing environments, and being able to help others find peace and happiness make these type of jobs especially rewarding.