How to Find the Best INFJ Career for You

What’s the perfect INFJ career?

Recently, I’ve corresponded with INFJ…

  • Nurses
  • Screenwriters
  • Actors
  • Landscape architects
  • Furniture designers
  • Artists
  • Graphic designers
  • Editors
  • Art instructors
  • Child development specialists
  • Counselors
  • Teachers
  • Musicians
  • Writers

And that’s by no means an exhaustive list. It just gives you an idea of the scope of opportunities available to INFJs seeking meaningful work. Almost every INFJ I’ve ever met has struggled at some point to find work that excites her. She wants a job she’s passionate about that makes a difference in the world, and she wants to be able to express her creativity, original thought, and uniqueness. But given the above list, there’s clearly no one-size-fits-all job for the INFJ.

There are, however, several guiding principles you should keep in mind as you pursue fulfilling work.

What's the best INFJ career for you? What factors do you need to keep in mind as you search for work you'll love? Read this post to learn 4 major ones!

1. You can find a job in any field.

When it comes to finding a job, the best approach that I’ve ever read or heard about comes from the book Do What You Are. The authors make the point that you can find a job in any field you want. What’s more important than the field you choose to work in is the degree to which your job employs your natural strengths.

2. Consider your INFJ strengths.

You can learn a lot about your INFJ strengths by studying your functional stack, or hierarchy of mindsets, which appear in order of strongest to weakest. (For a more in-depth analysis of the four INFJ mindsets, download my free eBook, The INFJ Personality Guide). You have four of them:

  1. Introverted intuition (Ni) – Your first function excels at identifying underlying meanings and symbolism, finding patterns, gleaning insights, and synthesizing. It makes you a deep, thorough, creative, future-oriented, and visionary person, among other things.
  2. Extroverted Feeling (Fe) – Function two moves you to care for other people and see that they are included, encouraged, and built up. Paired with Ni, it enables you to see possibilities for people and to champion personal growth in others.
  3. Introverted Thinking (Ti) – The third function balances your care for others with impersonal logic. It seeks to understand how systems work and to systematically categorize and classify large quantities of information. You may also enjoy creating custom solutions and more efficient systems as a result of this function.
  4. Extroverted Sensing (Se) – The last and weakest function is where your love of beauty comes from. It’s the reason why INFJs usually enjoy well-crafted handiwork, creation, travel, and, to some extent, the finer things of life. It’s also your Achilles heal because you’re likely much better at imagining the future than you are at being present in the moment.

If your work engages each and every one of your functions and requires you to rely most heavily on Ni and Fe, your greatest strengths, you’re going to be a lot happier than if it asks you to do something that runs counter to your natural bent. The goal is to find a job that allows you to be you!

3. You can work with your hands if you’re smart about it.

AJ Drenth PersonalityJunkie.com warns against pursuing the allure of Se – your inferior function. In The 16 Personality Types, he explains that all personalities view their fourth function as the gateway to fun and pleasure, so they naturally want to pursue a career that gives them the opportunity to use the function. The problem with choosing a career that regularly asks you to use your inferior function, however, is that you’re a poor user of Se, at least compared to your abilities with Ni. While you might enjoy hobbies that enable you to engage your senses, your facility with your hands and aptitude for in-the-moment sensory work isn’t nearly so great that you should consider using it “all day, every day.” That will only exhaust you and stress you out.

Further complicating matters, Drenth explains that an INFJ’s “infatuation” with Se is at its height around the time he’s getting ready to enter the workforce, which can lead him to an ultimately dissatisfying career choice. For instance, when I was getting ready to go to college, part of me wanted to be a park ranger. I always enjoyed and excelled at environmental science in high school. I loved being outdoors and around anything that had to do with creation, but becoming a park ranger would have been a bad move on my part because I’m not good at realistic work that requires me to use my hands. I’m much better with words, theories, and ideas, as my college experience later revealed.

So am I saying you shouldn’t work with your hands? Not necessarily. Just make sure that if you’re choosing a job that regularly engages Se it also asks you to employ your Ni far more frequently. That, for example, is why landscape architecture might work for some INFJs because the thinking involved in laying out the grounds engages your Ni, even though your plans will require hands-on work to come to fruition.

4. Stick to your greatest strengths.

The bottom line is that, as Drenth points out, you’ll always be better at visionary, creative, idea generation than you will be at the hands-on implementation, so if you can find work that allows you to be a “thinker upper” as Tieger, Barron, and Tieger put it, you’ll likely be way happier with your job than if you try to be primarily an implementer of ideas. Drenth says that kind of work is better left to sensors, and based on my personal experience, I’d agree.

Conclusion

With these four ideas, I’ve barely scratched the surface of the INFJ job search. There’s much more to consider, such as your age, passion, personal interests, upbringing, opportunities, and experiences. I could honestly write a book or create a course on this subject, but nonetheless, I hope you find these four thoughts helpful.

What jobs have you thought about pursuing and what about them intrigues you?

Please note: I reserve the right to delete comments that are offensive or off-topic.

  • Gina Jarasitis

    Hi Bo,
    I agree that this is a very important topic. Your tips are the kind of advice I could have used! I had several jobs that only seemed to highlight my weak points, but unfortunately, back then I had never heard of personality types. I bought into the negative way people saw me at work and got the heck out of there asap. I’ve been a homemaker for the past 25 years.

    Over time I figured out how to use my strengths. Being a homemaker is a really unpopular career, but like you said, job satisfaction is more about what you do with your strengths. I like the direct nature of my work. Like, I would rather cook than do something to earn money to buy prepared food. I’ve also had time to contemplate and to write, and now I’m starting to write my first book!

    • Bo Miller

      Oh man, that’s frustrating that you had that kind of initial experience at work, Gina. Being a homemaker is way underrated. It’s an important job too. That’s awesome that it gives you time to think and to write. Congratulations on starting your first book! What’s it about?

      • Gina Jarasitis

        It will be about helping anyone get some transcendent thinking going. “Rinsing away annoying mental build-up for greater clarity and creativity.”

        • Bo Miller

          Sounds like a great read!

          • Gina Jarasitis

            Thanks, Bo. I appreciate your enthusiasm. This is a big step for me to speak up about something I really care about. You are setting a good example!

          • Bo Miller

            You’re welcome, Gina! Keep up the good work, and thanks!

  • Bo Miller

    That is so awesome, Shawn. Sounds like a great fit to me! Thanks for sharing!

    I’d love to see the YouTube video, by the way. 🙂

  • Ain Shah

    Hey Bo and everyone!
    I find myself resonate with this topic very well. I second your tips on working at any field and sticking to our INFJ strengths. For years, I had a hard time finding and staying on a job. Now, here I am working as a Sales Associates! But, my job scope is far more than just the title. I work by the beach which allows me to unwind. I manage my shop alone and it’s pretty quiet, so I have plenty of downtime for books. I also get to interact with my customers who are from all over the world. Best of all, I am helping my boss to set up our recycling program, and charity fund! I’m so thankful to be here.

    My advice to other INFJs out there: never settle for anything less than you deserve 😉 keep searching! It took me 3-4 years before I find my current job. All the best & Good luck! Thanks Bo for sharing this topic with us!

    • Bo Miller

      Hi, Ain! Thanks so much for sharing about your job. It sounds like you found a great fit, and I appreciate your advice to stick it out and not settle! You are welcome. 🙂

  • Tiberiu Comsa

    Hello Bo. First of all thanks for the great book that you have written. Secondly I find this article very interesting because I am dentist. I love the diagnosis and “whole picture” aspect of my job but I find that the “manual” side of my job really gets me very tired at the end of the day. I am trying to find a solution for that.
    All the best,
    Tiberiu

    • Bo Miller

      Hi, Tiberiu. You are very welcome! It makes sense that you excel at the diagnosis, “whole picture” part of the job. Is there any way you could schedule most of your hands-on work for the afternoon and devote your morning to the work you really enjoy? I wonder if that would make a difference.

      • Tiberiu Comsa

        Thanks for your reply. That is a very good idea. I will try to make my schedule as you suggested. Thank you for your input.

        Take care
        Tiberiu

        • Bo Miller

          You’re welcome, Tiberiu. I hope that the adjustment proves helpful.