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The ISFJ at Work

At work, the ISFJ is motivated by the desire to help others in a practical, organized way. ISFJs are driven by their core of personal values, which often include upholding tradition, taking care of others, and working hard.

ISFJs enjoy work that requires careful attention to detail and adherence to established procedures, and like to be efficient and structured in their completion of tasks. They prefer an explicit authority structure and clear expectations.

ISFJs usually prefer to work behind the scenes, and like to receive recognition in a low-key way without being required to present their work publicly. They want to feel that they have fulfilled their duties, but do not want to be thrust into the spotlight.

An ideal job for an ISFJ involves well-defined work tasks that achieve a concrete or observable result, and does not require a lot of multi-tasking. An ideal work environment for an ISFJ is orderly, provides plenty of privacy, and includes colleagues who share the ISFJ’s values.

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Top Careers for the ISFJ

Top careers for the ISFJ include:

Community and Social Service
Life, Physical, and Social Science
Healthcare
Education, Training, and Library
Office and Administrative Support
Personal Care and Service
Business and Financial
Math
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair
Production
Architecture and Engineering
Transportation and Material Moving
Construction and Extraction
Protective Service
Legal
Farming, Fishing, and Forestry
Sales
Management

ISFJ Careers to 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 ISFJ, while other occupations demand modes of thinking and behavior that do not come as naturally to the ISFJ. Occupations that require the ISFJ to operate outside their natural preferences may prove stressful or draining, and often sound unappealing to ISFJs who are choosing a career.

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

The ISFJ on a Team

ISFJs are supportive, organized team members who attend to the needs of the people around them and follow procedures to get things done. ISFJs are not often interested in leading a team, but may naturally take on the role of group secretary, keeping meticulous notes and accurately recalling facts and details that are important to the group process.

ISFJs are sensitive to the concerns and emotions of others and do best on cooperative teams where there is not too much conflict. ISFJs typically feel most secure on a team where everyone adheres to established rules and procedures; they generally believe that people get along best when they all follow the rules. Team members who question the rules—or worse, ignore them outright—may upset the ISFJ, who wants a harmonious, predictable environment.

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The ISFJ as a Leader

In leadership positions, ISFJs tend to be traditional, helpful, and realistic. They are focused on what can be done to help others in a practical, responsible way. ISFJs are often reluctant to take leadership roles, but are committed to doing their duty and will take on a leadership position if asked to.

ISFJs are loyal to organizations and follow established procedures meticulously. They have a strong belief in authority and respect for hierarchy, and will expect the same from their teams. Because they tend to prefer working behind the scenes, they may exercise influence primarily by building strong relationships with others.

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Guest (not verified) says...

We need a compatibility field on here.

Justin S (not verified) says...

im scared now. O.O

BRENDA (not verified) says...

I am an isfj going through trauma and mourning. anxiety over not finding the right job. depression

Guest (not verified) says...

what about degrees in psychology?

KristenDegase (not verified) says...

This was exactly right about. This is the best personality thing I have tried.

yorkiemom61 says...

Just unbelieveable on how "right-on" this is!

Guest (not verified) says...

I guess mine has changed, which im not sure its normal, but maybe it is--last time I took this test I was 'The Healer' and now I'm 'The Protector' its strange cuz I borderlined on 'Judge vs Perceiver' and I also borderlined on the 'Extravert and Introvert' this time though this personality is accurate as well haha :)

Glenda Jakes (not verified) says...

It's crazy to read something that is so me, reading this is like the person was sitting talking to me taking notes.

peacenbeauty (not verified) says...

This dead drivers m me but it's very predictable and boring personality type. Hate it. Have to change.

Tamijay (not verified) says...

I forgot to add, he is VERY masculine and athletic. These traits may be found more often in women, but it doesn't mean that men who share them aren't masculine.

CSM (not verified) says...

I am a INFJ and have 3 sons. We all took the test and my 14 year old son tested out as a INFJ also. The more I have thought about each of them and how they tested out, the more I see it. My son actually took the test twice to make sure. I don't think he was crazy about the results but it is so him! Thank you for giving insight on the male perspective and the positives you see there!  He is so kind and thoughtful and caring, I keep telling him he would be a great vet or doctor!  lol.. 

Tamijay (not verified) says...

It's a great personality type to have. Glad you're so encouraging of your sons. My man is a biologist and he loves what he does! I think this type succeeds at whatever they decide to . 

Tamijay (not verified) says...

As an ENFP woman in love with an ISFJ man, please know that this personality type is far from boring. I cherish his stability and his orderly personality/life. It gives me a solid foundation. He is curious and knowledgeable about many things and as such I'm always learning from him. He doesn't love to try new things, but when he is willing to, it's delightful for me. I'm so happy to have found a man who is thoughtful, attentive to details, and stable and reliable. Those things may seem boring until you have a life where they're absent, then you realize how valuable they are!

Angela1979 (not verified) says...

Yes. Omgoodness yes. After an extremely unreliable husband, dating an isfj is the most calming and safe experience ever.

Tami Buroker (not verified) says...

You know it!

Rose1989 (not verified) says...

Agreed!!! I'm also an ENFP in love with an ISFJ and those are the things I love about him most. Well, my list is endless really -- but those are the attributes that bubble to the top when I'm trying to articulate why I feel so lucky.

Tamijay (not verified) says...

Lucky us :)  That's how I feel too. 

Jeremy76 (not verified) says...

It's very much like me and explains a few things about who I am. Though I do like photography but would probably be more fulfilled in the serving occupations.

Cory (not verified) says...

This thing was way off

Guest (not verified) says...

Yes it was way off for me too. I am bad at every "good" career, and good at every "bad" career that they listed.
And I definitely don't have a girl personality.

Guest (not verified) says...

It's crazy to read this and realize that it nailed it to a "T"

Guest (not verified) says...

very interesting...sounds like me

caroline says...

WoW!! This is SO accurate! :) This is the first time i've read a personality test that makes sense and has actually helped me! its detailed and concise.

damon (not verified) says...

fits my description to a T

Karen (not verified) says...

Thanks for this helpful information!!

Cbrodkin1 says...

My comment was wrong before about who we are most compatible with. who we are most compatible with is the estp and the esfp. it takes a long time for people to know me but I can open to anyone it just depends if they are willing to wait. I'm currently dating an introvert right now so it can work with any personality types.

Cbrodkin1 says...

According to some sites on profile pages it says isfj is most compatible with estp or estj. But anyone can be in a relationship with anyone. you can get along with any type as long as they are willing to break down your shell and get you to open up which can take awhile.

Guest (not verified) says...

If u really want to grow as a person then an entj will help u do that.

It will be challenging, but the rewards are worth it. An entj can teach an isfj not to take things so personally. Imagine how much more effective an isfj
Could be if they didn't take so many things to heart.

Luv&War (not verified) says...

Very true, I am an ENTJ, and I get along well with my ISFJ, he shows me (without him saying it directly) his concerns and I do everything to accommodate them. 

Guest (not verified) says...

Oh, that is so amazing that you wrote, "If u really want to grow as a person then an entj will help u do that. It will be challenging, but the rewards are worth it. An entj can teach an isfj not to take things so personally." I am an ISFJ and am married to an ENTJ. It is definitely challenging. Thanks for your encouraging words.

Smartbutblind (not verified) says...

I'm an INTJ (male) and been married to an ESFJ for 38 years, and find the ESFJ characterization to be spot-on. However, for the past 5 years or so, the different ways that we approach issues, mostly having to do with family, have been challenging, to say the least, to the point where we are close to splitting up. When we have discussions/arguments, she brings up the issue of behavior while I attempt to show her logic or not taking it so personally, for which I have only recently recognized that it is probably not the most helpful way to argue a point with her.

My family's behavior has been abysmal, frequently overriding my wife's desires or overstepping their bounds. Our daughter has taken on a similar personality as my family. I tend to look past old family hurts while my wife continues to be impacted to the point of disowning our daughter, and both of our families. My wife is a loving and caring person, which I continue to find extraordinarily attractive, but to me, her wanting to be helpful and her sensitivity to behavior is in excess. When I was working from home, she would bring me snacks even when I asked her not to. She thought I'd enjoy it but I frequently felt obligated to eat it. 

She manages the house to a point where she has neglected herself. She had great plans to do some creative work, but her excuses are that she has no time due to household chores or her space is not exactly how it needs to be for her to be creative. That is what has frustrated me more than anything; her desire to be creative and have a hobby, but the house and other people (me in particular) have taken so much of her time that she has not allowed herself to even start the process; even after large investments in materials.  

I'm in a dilemma, but am working hard at better understanding what she needs from me because I want to make this marriage work. This site has been most helpful in at least getting a basic understanding of how she sees things and how I can better support her. I haven't been as supportive a husband as I should have been. I need to be more caring. 

I'm hoping that other ESFJ's can provide some guidance as to where to go for more help, or to give some ways in which I might be a better husband. I know I can't change her, but I can try to change how I react and relate. 

Thanks for listening. 

Alyssa Logan (not verified) says...

I am an ISFJ-T so not the same but can give some perspective. I dated someone who was set on logic and what the law says. I just wanted him to be able to understand my point of view and see how something could be insensitive even if it was allowed. Like sometimes he would be rude. Example speed up when someone was crossing the street not at a cross walk. He would get so close to them and they had plenty of time, if he did not go out of his way, they would have made it just fine. He would say they are breaking the law and he had the right to. I wanted him to not do it or at least see my point of view. I started with talking about what if that was your kid. He could not seem to see how it is wrong in my eyes or how to me it hurts me. I just think about my family, me, or my kids being scared that they were going to get hit. Then I had a friend who thought this way and we talked about parking spaces that are handy cap. She said that she uses them because there is always so many. I said a scenario about how if they were all full one day and you were taking the last spot, then an old lady had to meet her family there. This old lady could have been out for the first time sense a major leg injury. She said that would be terrible. I knew she was not going to stop doing it, but her seeing it from my point of view helped. Now that is only half the battle. My friend is fine if they keep doing it because they are not a part of me. My spouse if they are doing something that affects others negatively, I would want them to stop. 

Also, if she can't stand up for herself when your family over steps their bounds well what are partners for, but to make up for strengths and weaknesses. You should use your strength and step in. 

With your daughter remind her she doesn't have to agree with her or support her choices. But we should still show love and encourage people in the good and bad. Being kind or compassionate even when it is hard doesn't mean giving yourself away, but does mean being there for them to know they are always loved. 

You do not have to eat the snacks. Let her buy crafts or encourage her to complete ones she has before more. This is not a good battle. Be straight forward with how you fell about her complaining about not having enough time or space she needs. Let her know you appreciate what she does, but if she wants to make the things happen set goals to get it done and do something about it. If she needs help to reach those goals, ask. 

GuestAly (not verified) says...

My husband typed at ENTJ :) and I am ISFJ, and this is pretty true. We've been married almost 20 years and still learn a lot from, and about, each other.
Including how to take, and interpret, how something is said.

Guest (not verified) says...

As an ISFJ, I take this to heart and I laugh.

Guest (not verified) says...

I'm a man, and this states that this is mainly a women's personality....
I hate to say it, but it is absolutely right about me. and now i know where to go from here.

Catabisis (not verified) says...

Most men do not have ISFJ. I wonder if the ISFJ match has to do with me being raised by my mom. Ironically, I pursued a nursing degree. I dropped out of college due to advanced math. Just as the review stated, I struggle with abstractions. I told my instructor that I could grasp the math if I could apply it to something in my life like my checkbook. Interestingly, I aced psych and sociology. I identified both with experiences in my life. For me, this test measured my personality quite accurately. I should have taken in at age 18 instead of 50.

Entp - Disrupter (not verified) says...

"Most men don't have ISFJ."

What exactly do you mean by this? ISFJ is more common than 12 other types. The most common type is only 16.4% of the male population, which most men don't have.

Guest (not verified) says...

This isn't a women's personality. Many men have it too it's just more common among women. Also I would love to find a man with this personality. I know they would be as trustworthy & kind as I am. Lol :)

M.Dibella (not verified) says...

This fits perfectly, I'm surprised how accurate this is..

Chowznbeautie (not verified) says...

Yep, this is exactly me... Now who am I compatible to?

Guest (not verified) says...

Except for my training and practice as an economist, any of my acquaintances would absolutely recognize this as a description of me.

alyseshirley says...

Nailed me! Oh my!

Guest (not verified) says...

dont u mean "lions and tigers and bears!"

Lawson (not verified) says...

I thought I was an INTJ, but this profile fits me best for sure!

marc21us (not verified) says...

Try reading up on cognitive functions in MBTI, that will most likely clear up the type confusion. Especially sine ISFJs and INTPs use different 4 main functions. :)

KibbeIntp (not verified) says...

Different 4 main functions? TiNeSiFe (INTP)  SiFeTiNe (ISFJ) Not quite. I'm assuming you meant INTJ (NiTeFiSe)

Guest (not verified) says...

I feel the same way. When I took the test I was an Introvert, a Sensor, and a Judge. When I got to the third part it said I was borderline between Feeler and Thinker because of my compassion toward others and my habit to thinking to myself.

Autumn (not verified) says...

Spot on!!

Prairie Meyer-Hesler (not verified) says...

pretty legit...except for the journalism part :p

Guest (not verified) says...

Just FYI, ISFJ is not more likely to watch TV 3 or more hours per day. ESFP and ISFP are actually the types most likely to watch more than 3 hours. Source MBTI Manual, p. 259

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