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What strengths do INFJs bring to their work?

At work, the INFJ is focused on the task of bettering the human condition. INFJs are dedicated, helpful, and principled workers who can be relied on to envision, plan, and carry out complex projects for humanitarian causes.

Although they are typically driven by lofty ideals, Counselors gain the most satisfaction from their work when they can turn their ideas into reality, creating constructive change for other people.

INFJs are typically organized and prefer work that allows them to complete projects in an orderly manner. They are often independent and tend to prefer a quiet environment that allows them the opportunity to fully develop their own thoughts and ideas.

The ideal work environment for an INFJ is harmonious, industrious, and oriented to a humanitarian mission, with co-workers who are similarly committed to positive change. The ideal job for a Counselor allows them to use their creativity in an independent, organized environment to develop and implement a vision that is consistent with their personal values.

INFJ career facts

What are some good careers for an INFJ?

The top driver for INFJs in choosing a career is the opportunity to do something that is consistent with their values. Often, INFJs choose careers in helping professions like health care, education, or counseling. INFJs are thinkers by nature and appreciate careers that allow them to use their intellect on problems that interest them. Often, these are people problems, for instance in psychology, but INFJs can also be found in other areas of the sciences and even engineering.

Many INFJs have a creative streak which can be seen in the top INFJ career trends. Working with language is especially popular for INFJs, but they can also be found in various fields in the arts.

Top career choices for INFJs include:

Health Care

Health care careers are a wonderful opportunity for INFJs to combine their deep caring for the welfare of other people with their often formidable intellectual capabilities. Many INFJs enjoy the sciences and find it extremely satisfying to put their scientific knowledge to use in helping others. Sample health care careers for INFJs include:

Counseling and Social Service

INFJs are typically wonderful listeners and deep, insightful thinkers when it comes to personal problems. They have a high degree of intuition about people and a deep well of patience in dealing with sticky emotional situations. All of these qualities make them talented, compassionate counselors, social servicepeople, and religious workers. Sample counseling and social service careers for INFJs include:

Sciences

INFJs often enjoy the intellectual challenge of the sciences, and can be found in scientific careers that relate to their values. Sample science careers for INFJs include:

Business & Law

INFJs are often found making the business world a little more human, in HR, training, or the more humanitarian professions within the law. Sample careers for INFJs in the business and legal fields include:

Education

Although teaching in front of a classroom is a typically Extraverted activity and can be a challenge for more Introverted INFJs, they often find it deeply satisfying to help children and adults grow and develop. Education careers that involve working with smaller groups, or one-on-one, are an especially good fit. Sample education careers for INFJs include:

Language and Arts

Many INFJs love the expressive quality of language, and they typically have the focus and concentration necessary to be excellent writers and editors. Other areas of the arts appeal as well. Sample artistic careers for INFJs include:

How can an INFJ find the right career?

INFJs, like all personality types, are most satisfied and successful when they choose a career that takes advantage of their natural strengths, talents, and interests. If you're searching for the right career, check out the Career Personality Profiler test, which provides a complete assessment of your personality, interests, and aptitude.

What careers should the INFJ avoid?

It is important to note that any personality type can be successful in any occupation. However, some occupations are well suited to the natural talents and preferred work style of the INFJ, while other occupations demand modes of thinking and behavior that do not come as naturally to this type. Occupations that require the INFJ to operate outside their natural preferences may prove stressful or draining, and often sound unappealing to Counselors who are choosing a career.

The following occupations have been found to be unpopular among INFJs, based on data gathered from surveys of the general population.

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Guest (not verified) says...

Changes from E it I or vice versa can be attributed to the fact that most people are ambiverts, i.e. somewhere between E and I. It depends on the scores you get on the test, your E and I scores may be really close or even exactly the same... It's normal to grow and change to some extent during life. I took the test before and was an INFP and after 2 years or so, I re-took it and found out that I'm an INFJ...

Guest (not verified) says...

I have taken the personality test, a coworker shared it with me, and found out that I fall in a rare category. I had found out I am an Idealist Counselor. I researched the subject and found every aspect of myself in the description of this category. finding myself very intuitive with people's feelings and emotional states, I am proud to know where I fall in this world, it's very difficult at times to place one's self in the environment I grew up in, but it's definitely easily to pinpoint exactly why I have been feeling kind of displaced but connected. I am eager to know more about this side of myself.

Guest (not verified) says...

I go back and forth between this and INFP--I think they both define me pretty well!

Guest (not verified) says...

You're an INFP ;-) My INFP friend never likes to settle on one type or another. She's always, "Are you sure...?" Seriously, though, I can't make that call about you. Just putting my two cents in.

Guest (not verified) says...

I took this test when I was a little bit younger... maybe 15/16 years old, and was an INTJ at the time, very introverted, and believed I was destined for technology and behind a computer, and not dealing people. But now, 6 years later, as a college student, I took the test again and now I'm an INFJ. And I firmly believe this slight change was for the better because I love interacting with and helping people, and feel I can make a greater difference in the world through helping people and actually interacting with and learning about society. Because of the 'feeling' part of the personality, where I quite often sense people's emotions and thoughts before they even admit to them or realize them.

It may have just been when I was younger that feeling and intuitive side had not yet developed and I was not comfortable interacting with many people, but it surely has developed now, and I can't wait to see what the future holds.

Guest (not verified) says...

INFJs very often test as INTJ. We're similar in many ways, and testers have a hard time finding the right questions for the Extraverted feeling secondary function that is driven by an INFJ's values. They ask very general questions when our function is best shown in isolated scenarios, and we're more likely to select the thinking answer because our feeling function isn't triggered by vague questions.

Hassan Mahmood (not verified) says...

I think it changes as you grow, and when u have more experiences in life, also u get to have different view of the world.
i just took this, and it is very itresting and healpful. it is also very accurate and match with my personality.

Guest (not verified) says...

i am 15 years old and i am an INFJ. i find this article really helpful and it is all true. great article!

Guest (not verified) says...

I'm just a teen and I got INFJ. Makes a lot of sense, since I always have a feeling of disconnect and isolation because no one ever seems to truly understand me. I feel very much over everyone's head when I talk to them about inner feelings and things. So accurate it's scary...

Guest (not verified) says...

Yeah, I agree with you. I am also a teen and its just way to hard to express myself to people, 'cause they don't seem to understand me, so I just kept it to myself. Basically INFJ is pretty much the perfect definition for ourselfs and we should embrace it. Whether we grow, I dont think I'll change of type, atleast not right now.

cgriff337 says...

Yeah, I don't know about any of the rest of you guys, but I sure didn't start as an INFJ. I had the great pleasure of becoming one. I used to be an INTJ, and before that, some type of Extravert, but I wouldn't know because I never took the test back then. I became one very close to the same time that I truly got serious about my Faith. But being an INFJ is awesome, and you guys are kind of putting a negative mood of isolation on it, which is a bit wierd to me. Sure, I don't have any friends who are INFJs, or really even very many NF types in the first place, but you will find that Sentinel (SJ) types are really awesome people to be around. This life isn't about helping yourself, that would be selfish; no, this life is about what you can do for others. That is how you make the most intimate friends. Trust me, you will never feel isolated again if you commit yourself to the good of others. Obviously I still struggle with it, it's an impossible goal to do perfectly, but it sure does pay off when you focus on it. My point is, we can't just sit here talking to each other all day about how isolated we are; we are the freaking super-soldiers of what is morally right and we need to start showing it.

cgriff337 says...

And yes I'm 15 too. ;)

Guest (not verified) says...

I am just a teen too , and I also got INFJ , and the way you explained it is exactly how I feel .

Guest (not verified) says...

i took the test and there was a couple questions i was going back and forth on and the first time i got infp and some of it made sense but when i took it again i got infj when reading this it fit me so much better and my advice to anyone taking the test is to take it a couple times and get the results and compare what they are and know what truly fits you better one or the other

Guest (not verified) says...

I am 15 years old and an INFJ. I was kind of shocked to see that it is the rarest personality but it confirms how many people do not know how to deal with me I guess. I play an instrument and I am planning on becoming a psychologist. I am pleasantly surprised with how well the description fits me.

Guest (not verified) says...

I have read ME. No wonder I people don't get me...and I don't get them!! Hahaha

isaiah (not verified) says...

Me neither! =-)

Emily (not verified) says...

It is so great to find out why I feel different to a lot of people my age. This personality type is definitely mine :)

Daniel_swe (not verified) says...

Is there a community for people like us? Im very new to this, its not common knowledge in Sweden the way it seems to be in other countries. I've always felt different. But the last couple of years ive begun feeling special instead of different. But are we INFJ's really _that_ special? Are we unique in a bad or a good way?

I want to find a place where i can discuss these thoughts with other INFJ's. A forum where u can share ur lifestories or anecdotes. To see what binds this possible community together. Together there are no problems we cant solve.

Ill gladly help organize this if it doesnt exist. So if theres a few of u out there that wanna make something bigger drop me an email and ill gladly help out in any way i can.

Ella Swe (not verified) says...

Hey Daniel! Feels a bit strange sending a reply in English when it would be much more easier to just write in Swedish. ;) Anyway, I live in Stockholm, INFJ as well and I'd really be interested in being a part of organizing INFJ, Sweden. Hur kommer jag i kontakt med dig?

Best regards,
Ella

Daniel_swe (not verified) says...

Hey Ella!
I'll stick to english, i dont know if theres a policy about only writing in english or not.
Anyway, my e-mail is abo.swe (at) gmail.com. I also live in Stockholm. Send me an e-mail and we'll take it from there.

Parham (not verified) says...

Hej Daniel och Ella! I'm an INFJ living in Stockholm too :-) If you don't mind I want to join in. Great minds like ours in a group can only be a positive experience :D

Teenage Intronerd (not verified) says...

I completely agree, I found out I was an infj 2 years ago and I think I've had all of my friends take the test so I could better understand them and they could me.

Guest (not verified) says...

I know! This is awesome! I just found about this. I took a test, and this is definitely me! Most of my life I have felt like "an outsider". I have thought something wrong me, until I eventually just gave up and accepted myself. Then, I found about the Myers-Briggs personality test, and I learned my personality type, and things make even more sense now. Yay!

Guest (not verified) says...

This beautiful psychology was the mastermind of Carl Gustav Jung. Please research him as he was a true genius. Myers-Briggs only added to his work. Check out all of his works if you want to expand your reality. Peace!

Guest (not verified) says...

This is so accurate it's scary...

danieli.garza19 says...

I know exactly how you feel

Michellepwrs says...

Hello everyone. I have spent much introspective time trying to figure out who I am and how I fit into these personality type parameters. I have taken 3 different Meyers-Briggs tests on 3 unrelated websites. Each time I take them I try to force myself to answer as honestly as possible. Not trying to sway my results to fit any mold other than how I truly feel. Time and time again I test to be on the border of 4 personality types; ENFJ, INFJ, ENFP & INFP. I identify with all four in areas of my life. I feel that I am a 50/50 introvert extrovert split. I often feel like a bubbly introvert. My conclusion (for now) is that we all certainly do have personality tendencies. However, science is continually making new discoveries and expanding its scope on humanity. I believe that these types are good general guides to help us, but we should not let them limit or define us as individuals. There has only ever been one you. As humans, we like to feel we have mastered something by putting things into orderly categories. If something doesn't fit in the current parameters, typically we try to force it into one before we are willing to accept and try to create a new category. One hundred years from now we may have 2x as many "personality types" as our understanding of humanity grows. I feel this process of exploration through the tests and studying definitions on numerous websites has helped me become more self aware and sure of myself, my individuality, and how I relate to and view the world. Please use the test as a tool to help you in self discovery rather than an identity to cling to or limit yourself with.

Guest (not verified) says...

I had taken another personality test on another site, and I got the exact same thing. I think it's pretty awesome, I do want to be a teacher, and I like helping people and being organized and everything this and the other test had said. I don't believe in having everything about me set out on a platter and "that's-that, nothing else", but it makes sense. and I like it.

Guest (not verified) says...

The results show that I'm INFJ/INFP. People often ask me why can't I get a boyfriend. Little do they know, I like spending time alone. Of course, I dream about meeting my loved one someday, but right now I feel like a relationship is going to collide with my private life. And on top of that I'm afraid of many other things, like being heartbroken or rejected, because I know how much I will suffer. Guys in my age group seem to take relationships very lightly, but for me it's a serious thing.

I love myself! Honestly, I really do - I like the way I want myself to improve - even if it costs time I'd spend going out, or how I can stand up for what I belive in. But at the same time I know OTHER people will have trouble accepting me. I lost my best friend recently - I just can't bring myself to forgive her after hearing that I'm boring, insecure loner. I've stood by her side for 3 years and now I'm having hard time trusting anyone. Time is passing by, but I'm completly stuck when it comes to relationships.

Sorry for my english and about all that wailing, I just wanted to get it off my chest.

Darzee (not verified) says...

According to these websites:
http://www.celebritytypes.com/blog/2014/11/jung-myers-keirsey-etc-on-hit...
http://www.celebritytypes.com/infj.php

Hitler was an INFJ. Watching the video explaining what an INFJ is after learning this information gives a whole different tone to each aspect she points out... It makes me wonder: what does one do with this information? Obviously you can't eliminate INFJ's from the population, not only would that be unethical and horrible and stupid (and probably not even possible), but it would be highly ironic to commit genocide (personaliticide?) to eliminate Hitler. Obviously not all INFJ's are Hitlers, but how does this occur? How does one prevent an INFJ from becoming a Hitler? It makes one think about all the inherent good and evil inside of us all, no matter the personality type. What happened to Hitler that made him do what he did, and how does it relate to being an INFJ? Does it relate to being an INFJ at all even? Just lots of interesting questions...

Guest (not verified) says...

"You can't eliminate INFJ's from the population" - wow, thank you!
How do we prevent INFJ's from becoming Hitler? You state in one sentence that not all INFJ's are blood-thirsty nazi dictators, but at the same time you think they need to be treated in a special way to not to become one? Ok, Hitler was an INFJ, but so was Dostoevski, who created "Crime and Punishment" - a book about forgiveness and compassion! I belive that Hitler was a special case of self-excused psychopath - maybe what he did could relate to him being INFJ, but there is no way it was just this one factor.
As INFJ I'm really sorry to hear that someone considers me to be embodiment of demonic powers that poses danger for the society, when in reality I hope that world is going to develop in a peaceful and tolerant way. People are being raised differently, they have different values, interests and experiences. You can't just lump everyone into the same category, because humans aren't one-dimensional creatures.

Guest (not verified) says...

Hmmm, i was an intj at first. Infj fits me SO much more though. Felt kinda iffy about intj.

henrizedic says...

I AGREE WITH ALL YOUR RESEARCH.THANKS

henrizedic says...

Parents can sometimes change the directions and the call of God of their children and the reason is that,I have made several test and has come to realize that I fall under INFJ category.
I actually have the passion to be a great man of God and a psychiatrist but an forced by father to study BSC ACCOUNTING at UPSA,Ghana and currently in level 300 and looking at my performance it is not all that good and most of the time I suffer in my studies.
Most of the time I want to help and understand why people behave and much more but my current situation is not allowing me to embark on my mission and purpose in life.
CAN SOMEONE HELP ME OUT?

TommyK (not verified) says...

If there's no way out of your situation, if your parent's are paying for your education and they won't listen to your needs, I would recommend just sticking with the accounting degree for now and becoming independent. Work harder and do better, even though you hate it. Accounting is an extremely marketable skill and you should be able to find work and gain independence easily.

Life is a very long thing. Sometimes we are not set up perfectly by perfect parents, with a perfect trust fund, or the perfect connections. That's okay. Try to turn lemons into lemonade and know that you can use this situation to your advantage. Get through this by connecting with your classmates. Find out what makes them tick -- try and help them out. Do the same thing when you start working.

Then, when you are independant and ready, and when you have some work experience and some money saved up, do whatever you want. Get your master's degree in a different field, or something.

That would be my advice. It sounds like you might be somewhat a victim of your circumstances, but you have to stop thinking like a victim. That kind of thinking will stay with you, and it will be much more dangerous than a degree in accounting.

Abhishek Dushyant (not verified) says...

How come Edward Snowden isn't on the famous INFJ list.
He was on opposite side of INFJ in terms of career selection - A Computer Wizard!!

Guest (not verified) says...

I am ok with certain people who accept the way I am but shy away from people who try to change or bully me. I used to get upset that they felt they had a right to pick on me. Now I loose my temper with them then walk away for good. All my life I have been made to feel inadequate and strange even from family as if it's my fault I don't confirm to whats normal. Now I just do what I want after all it's my life and I don't hurt anyone. After 52 years I've learnt at last.

Gabrielle_T (not verified) says...

I took the MB test when I was a 19-year-old undergraduate and was INFJ then. I've taken it a few times again now as a 32-year-old and always come out as an INFJ, so I guess I'm set :-)
I only now feel like I'm starting to accept/understand how I really am and that I need to help others in order to feel good in my career. I can relate so strongly to being an idealist and making plans for others- that's something that I really enjoy, to try to find ways for people to be happy and live their best life. Somehow, though, I haven't really done the same for myself, opting instead to follow paths that were expected or hoped for me by my parents. Perhaps it's still time to find a way to connect with people more and to put my strenghts to work in my career in order to feel like I'm making a positive difference in the world.

Guest (not verified) says...

Changing results over time is a reflection of a person's lack of knowledge about themself. I've taken the test on multiple websites over a number of years and, despite the occasional changed attitude and different answer here and there, my type is persistent.
Your type doesn't change, rather it is your growing and understanding things in new light that can make it seem like your type has changed. However, if you are true to and know yourself, you'll get the same results regardless of where and when you take the test. Though the test is much more fallible in the hands of teenagers who know jack-all about who they are.

Guest (not verified) says...

Has anyone else ever been told they have multiple personality disorder or an identity disorder. I was diagnosed with the 1st but I think it is just that my personality has many levels. I like being part of such a small group of unique individuals!

Guest (not verified) says...

Infjs need a club.

Isapryqa says...

WOW! The personality test was ok in many things but missed totally on the career part because it say than an adverage makes $36, and I make 4 times that. That it is a big difference! Not even close! And I am not on any of your suggested career type! This test has a few flaws!

Guest (not verified) says...

I took the Jung test almost a year ago on another site and got INTJ. All of a sudden I am an INFJ, which is quite a difference. I suppose my Intuitive and Thinking tendencies weren't that high, but it doesn't seem to be the case. I guess the test is very dependent on the age and emotional state of the patient, but still... I wasn't expecting a different result.

Oh well, it's not like I take it very seriously, especially when you consider I'm in my teenage years.

Guest (not verified) says...

Well, I changed from ENFJ to INFJ in one year or so. I consider this means I was more extroverted once than what I am now. Anyway this shift is quite strange and made me realize that I'm weirder now according to the percentages they give to us (ENFJ= 7% worldwide/INFJ= - 1%).
It's not an easy path as there's always a "you're too innocent" comment which I understand people do for the fear that we could be tricked or lied to easily...

TommyK (not verified) says...

I had the same switch from ENFJ to INFJ. ... Makes sense to me!

Guest (not verified) says...

I was always told I was "weird" and "different" and it did not help my case with fitting in. Taking this test and finding out I'm an INFJ personality has kind of shed some light on things and it offered me a sense of relief. I've taken this test in HS and was INFJ then as well.

Frankie Yeung (not verified) says...

What are the suitable types of jobs for the INFJ? How about the entry level? Any resource about it?

Chloane (not verified) says...

I'm an infj who's in love with a guy who doesn't love her back. It's a huge struggle to forget him and to find someone better since he's so perfect I don't think there could be anyone better. I think of him even when keeping myself busy. He took over my mind and it's been like that for 2 years now! How can I stop thinking about that flawless guy?

Guest (not verified) says...

When I first tested I was an ENTJ; that was decades ago and the descriptions were not as complete then as now. I was also told that I was adept at 'mirroring' and that would work well for me in business. Having a career that required the ENTJ attitude, I never felt comfortable with that designation but dealt with it. When the economy crashed in CA a few years ago, I was also getting a divorce and fled to my home state, so my psyche was going through a lot of change.
Eventually I found the site www.16personalities.com and to my great relief discovered that I am primarily an INFJ. I realized this is who I've always been, to the core. All of the interests have been with me all my life but I was too busy making a living and being caught up in that to be me.
Then I found this site: www.25quiz.com and discovered that I am an INFP as well, with a few type percentages in much lower numbers. That all makes sense too and for the first time I am actively pursuing all the things I've put off and loved forever!
I do know a person who is an INTP, refuses to consider that she could be anything else and is totally miserable. I have a sister who is proud to be an ENTJ and personifies all of the positive and negative qualities to a 'T' - we are not close.
The downside of 'mirroring' is that one may adapt to both positive and negative personalities; hearing myself mirroring a negative personality is very frustrating! That will take more practice to deal with.
Starting my second career, looking at a masters in psychology and moving on with how I can help people in this world. We are all unique, while these tests help us understand ourselves and what we might want to work on, it is important to not stuff ourselves in that box or boxes. We can all be the best person possible if we want to go there. We all have gifts to give to make the world a much better place.

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