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The ISFP at Work

ISFPs want to feel personally engaged with their work, and seek careers which allow them to express themselves or participate in a cause they believe in. ISFPs typically enjoy hands-on activities, and often gain satisfaction when they can create a tangible result from their efforts. An ideal job for an ISFP allows them to clearly observe the fruits of their labor, in a context that feels significant and consistent with their values.

ISFPs like a courteous, cooperative work environment where they can work quietly, with support when they need it. Because ISFPs are so tuned to their physical surroundings, it's often important to them that their work environment is aesthetically pleasing.

ISFPs generally prefer to keep a low profile and do not usually like to be in positions that require them to speak publicly or lead large groups. Although they often prefer to work independently, when they do work with others, ISFPs want their colleagues to be flexible, supportive, and loyal to the team.

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

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

The ISFP on a Team

ISFPs are sensitive, helpful team members who look for opportunities to contribute in an immediate, practical way. They want to assist other people and provide support, and often take on the role of listener. Oriented to cooperation, the ISFP will look for ways to compromise and accommodate others. They tend to step in when others need help and are often prepared with specific, relevant data that can help the team understand the facts of the situation.

ISFPs are at their best when they can work with others in a supportive, action-oriented role. They excel at creatively solving problems to meet people’s immediate needs. ISFPs shy away from theory and future projections, and may become impatient with ideas that have no concrete benefit for people. ISFPs are characteristically unassuming, and may be reluctant to advocate strongly for their own perspective on a team. They can become frustrated with team members who are domineering or competitive, and do best on a caring, egalitarian team where everyone’s contribution is appreciated.

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The ISFP as a Leader

In leadership positions, ISFPs are driven by a personal mission and interested in helping their teams cooperate to accomplish realistic goals. Their strengths lie in understanding the needs and concerns of the people they work with and adapting gracefully to changing circumstances. ISFP leaders are practical and down-to-earth, good at sizing up resources and assessing the requirements of the current situation. They are good at building trust and leading by example, preferring to be quietly supportive rather than authoritarian or domineering.

ISFPs often prefer not to be in a leadership role, but are sometimes motivated to take the lead when the project is personally significant to them. When they do lead, they do best heading a small, cooperative team to achieve practical and tangible results.

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citrusun (not verified) says...

i never truly agreed with the whole "isfps are never planning" because i love to plan! i like making lists and organizing parties for fun, but i hate to-do lists. anyways, once i asked myself what i was gonna do in 5 years (which will be right after i graduate) i realized that i have NO plans whatsoever. dang.

catherine (not verified) says...

Me too! I love to plan and organize things 

James53647567 (not verified) says...

I used to be ENFP until I decided to relax a little about judging myself during the test. turns out this is so much more accurate, it isn't insightful or surprising... It's just who I am.

Deebee (not verified) says...

ME too. I found out a week ago that I wasn't an ENFP I thought that since I loved caring and being social with people that meant that I was an extrovert but it's a relieved to finally get my personality right

ESTJ Female (not verified) says...

I love my ISFP husband of 10 years and our ISFP daughter. They are a joy in my life. We are very different but our strengths and weaknesses compliment one another. We really are better together than apart. Their creativity and artistic way of looking at the world is interesting. I work hard to support them so they can we can be successful and happy. 

Littlelex says...

this just exposed how I am. I didnt realize I did these things until I read about it. I feel like im closer to myself bnow that i know what im like.

Eiann says...

Same! I can tell just by reading, "oh yes, that's me".. "uhuh! Exactly" haha

Gooberz (not verified) says...

This was cool when I first was reading, now i just feel more lost then i was before ;) thank you Truity. you are saving lives

 

 

Morgana (not verified) says...

This thing is so wrong. Like Bruh, this isnt even close to me. My dog is more like this, and my dog isnt even alive. I hate this, It makes me feel like a goondac. 

NoelleFW says...

This is most very much like me. Reading about the three sections on the bottom about ISFP's (relationships with others) way of love, parenting, and communication, it pretty much sums up what I would do or how I act. Although I might not have experienced these fully, I know that that is how I would have acted if situations involving those occured. This was quiet an eye-opener, a very weird and scary one. Of course, I have done personality tests before and read all about me ;), but this was the first time that I read in depth how I would act or respond to something or someone. And it fits perfectly. Its crazy how these things work.

Vahid (not verified) says...

What about people that are hurt emotionally, for example in their childhood and for a long time. can that break their personality? and not fit any of these 16?

Justme (not verified) says...

I also don't fit in any of these 16 types. I have wondered if I could have been meant to be an ENFP but something unexpected happened so that I never became this person. I admire about ENFPs that they live by the desires of their heart. I think this is the best way to live. You gotta let your soul breath. But in order to do this one has to be brave and adventurous. And I am not like this at all. I am anxious, don't like taking risks and prefer a quiet life.

Lynda (not verified) says...

I briefly wondered the same thing when reading this. My personal struggles definitely held me back from living life to the fullest but then most of us can probably agree to that. The description of my personality is bang on, even though I've held myself back (not deserving, not good enough) and accepted things that don't truly "fit" for me. 

Kelara (not verified) says...

One might be meant to be one personality from the start, that is hard to modify, but circumstances, pain and trauma sure can influence and change your perspective and results. And yes you can change. I took the test first when I was in a horrible abusive relationship where I felt lost and like I didn`t know who I was anymore. I ended up with ISTJ where I felt that it wasn`t me when I read the description. But it sparked a fire in me to find back to ME. I escaped from the relationship, went on a journey to find myself and did tough trauma therapy. 3 years later I took the test again and ended up being ISFP, the last 2 letters not only switched to the opposite, but were in the complete opposite end of the scale as well. This type feels like me. So while it may not fundamentally change who you are, yes, circumstances, pain and trauma can influence how you view yourself and thereby influence and change what results you get.

Maven Grey (not verified) says...

I come from a traumatic, abusive childhood. You can't break a personality; only shape it. In my experience, most people who have experienced childhood struggle grow up to be introverted, loving, tolerant people. They don't like to draw attention, (so as to avoid negative attention). However, they tend to be wellsprings of the love and acceptance their personal history lacks.

Scott Tatum (not verified) says...

Having got my type years ago, ISFP of course, I read this and almost started crying.

This is almost me to a T, although I work in data anlysis and computing rather than the arts (I'm about as artistic as a house brick lol), although I do like my work and results to look nice, and professional.

Weng (not verified) says...

Wow, same ISFP-T, i left my talents in arts when I got older, now a Reports and Data Analyst too for a BPO company.  I'm glad my manager provided me an office where I can work alone free of distractions. I did my work as best as I could, all of them say I did a great job, but then I always have a horrible feeling that they are being untruthful and just trying to be nice, i always have anxiety issues everytime im in the office.

 

little billy (not verified) says...

idk

Foobar (not verified) says...

Wow.  This was an interesting read.  With the exception of one sentence (I'm a small business owner), the description of ISFP was like reading a manual of me.  A little scary, actually.

Ellairë from Middle Eart (not verified) says...

Wow! This is awesome, seeing how accurately this fits me, but even more so, seeing that there are thousands of fellow ISFPs. There are so many like me, but I still feel super unique! Thank you all for commenting! God bless you today! ~Ellairë the elf

ISFP lady (not verified) says...

Totally spot on for me, especially the creating beauty and aesthetics - professional cometologist and certified makeup artist who loves fashion, interior design, I recognize quality, have my own style, and I feel good when my environment is attractive.

 

Guest (not verified) says...

Does anyone have suggestions for ISFP jobs for those 60+ years old where going back to school is not (less) an option? I had a biochemist reasearch position and then my wife and I ran an online bookstore for 20 years. I can't go back to science after that long and I don't want to work for Amazon!

ESTJ Female (not verified) says...

My ISFP husband worked at Michael's making custom frames. There he has helped customers create flower arrangements and pick out art for their home. My Mom waters and cares for the plants at home depot garden outside where she can appreciate the natural beauty and help people who are trying to beautify their homes. She wants to work at Hobby Lobby and help people with craft project ideas. 

Diane92 (not verified) says...

I found this site by chance while taking a class on understanding our personality. Took The MBTI twice at another website and came up with ISFP with slightly different % each time and had to laugh at the list of careers I was best suited for. It was only about 10 and lets just say I would never make it in about 75% of them. So my son and I googled ISFP careers and found the huge list here.

For all those folks who are just embarking on their higher education or trying to find their place in the world, there are two ways to look at a job. 1) Do what you love and the money will follow (though you may need to supplement with some part time grunt work)  2) Get a "real" solid, steady job, and do what you love on your own time. My kids are seniors in high school so this is advice I've given them.

I always remember that my dad told me he took a "career" test and he should have been a forest ranger. Well, he ended up being a civil/aeronautical engineer. And we went camping ALOT. Then he bought a lake lot when I was 13 and they have a nice permanent trailer and fishing dock. So he has his little forest.

I wasn't lucky enough to take such a test. I did pretty good in most classes in high school, but had to do a report on a career that uses chemistry so I found out way back in 1985 pharmacists were in demand and making a whopping $10,000/yr. Sign me up. So far I had worked as a dance instructor, swim instructor and life guard. And I LOVED (did I say LOVED) photography. I mean, I was going to work for Life Magazine and National Geographic. (except my mother told me that only men worked and it was too competitive, etc) So I went to college and while I read Glamour magazines in all my advanced math classes, I could barely pass biology and chemistry. I adored my social science and English classes and even took the 1year of photography class they offered and some business classes (towards my MBA with an emphasis in advertising). I changed my major every 3 months! Then I had to decide if I wanted to go to pharmacy school......  I decided to try it out but almost dropped out after 1 winter break of working in an actual pharmacy! 

Fast  forward 26 years. I am still a pharmacist. I work part time and I learned along the way there are SOOO many things you can do with this degree. I am sure this is true with many degrees. Back in the late 80's/ early 90's my goal was to settle down and make a dark room so I could focus on my photography. The dark room never happened but I did end up taking amazing trips every year all over the USA and taking great pictures until my kids were born. I became a stay at home for 4 years while my kids were young and they became to objects of my camera lens. Then I turned to other art forms- crafts, cards, sewing, and lots of volunteering on my days off.

So even if you start down one path, never be afraid to change. My husband met his best friend at his second job here. I'm pretty sure this guy has had about 10 totally different careers- Latin teacher, yoga teacher, worked in genetics lab (where he met his wife who is now an artist and sells her paintings for crazy amounts of money), software designer (where he met my husband - when they got laid off from this job, he went back to school to become an urban planner), worked for local transit as urban planner, now retired and works as tour guide in city and back in genetics lab PT- these are just the jobs I can remember. The guy next to me at work has not gone back for college degrees but he's been a ski instructor, bar tender, cook, sold Mercedes, worked dialysis unit of hospital, and is currently a pharmacy tech. He's also our computer guy, Mr. Fix-it, etc at work, builds decks, fences, etc at home, and he makes an amazing authentic cheesecake (not my Philly 2-step).

So never say you are too old. My husband hates his job. It pays the bills, esp since I work PT. I'd go back to FT if he wanted to go back to school to learn something new. Learn something new that excites you then put it to good use or make gifts. I sew and donate to Days for Girls, grocery bags to food bank, homeless shelters, etc. I make gifts and stuff for around the house. I love to write so there is a group at our church that sends cards to sick folks, bday cards, etc. If you like to build, make benches for a park, help with Habitat for Humanity, etc. Just put in your skill/passion and volunteer into google and you'll find ways to get yourself known in the community. Who knows, it can lead to cash customers?

sarah lei (not verified) says...

this is definitely me, i'm very anti social and quiet but i love helping others i love art and have a huge ear for music this is spot on!

 

Piah (not verified) says...

I'm working in sales and marketing and have been feeling lost in my career for awhile that's why I've been seeking what other options I have. I'm just taking it one day at a time but I just don't have the passion and drive for my job. I love make up and graphic design but I'm afraid I'm too old to go back to school and change my career. 

Courtney H. (not verified) says...

Some of these characteristics describe me, as I am a laid back person and easygoing, and nonjudgmental. But as far as being an artist, sadly I am not. I always wanted to be creative, but sucked at art. :( I have respect for people who do those things because they are truly inspirational! My sisterself are the artistic one's. I am the calm and supporting one. I don't seem to match any of the 16 personalities. I'm convinced that these suit sensitive personalities only, which I am not. 

BettyH says...

Explains a lot. I might have taken a completely different path if I'd known this in my 20's. 

Steev (not verified) says...

I find architecture very interesting and liberal. I'm of type isfp, and wondering why it's not part of our career paths??

Guest (not verified) says...

Am so happy and delighted to know I am this. I love nature especially been at sea side and can be so poetic.I naturally read people's mind and my assumptions often comes with great accuracy .Am going for a Masters degree in Psychology.I love listening to people and love to share in pains of others.The problem is that I dont have people around who naturally fit into my world.

Guest (not verified) says...

These videos weren't proof read at all. This is the third video in a row I've watched where in the audio says something completely different than the on screen text says. Not impressed...

Sue1476 (not verified) says...

I definitely identify with Introversion, Sensing, and Perception, but I have a mix of the Feeling and Thinking. Is that a thing? Can you naturally be inclined to both or is one a product of your surroundings and experiences?

Guest (not verified) says...

everything describes me but i love what am studying...am doing a degree in biomedical engineering i think that your career list is outdated or uninformed please update

Guest (not verified) says...

Only half of the isfp fits me how do I figure out what the other half is?

INFJ with an ISFP (not verified) says...

Infj here. I see a lot of isfp people wondering if they are suited for healthcare fields... Yes! My fiance is ISFP. Nurse for 15 years, has worked behavioral health, and phlebotomy too. He once wanted to do chiropractic, but not the buisiness end of it. There's a lot of postings on isfp claiming you are artists, well you're more than that. You're also accomodating, nonjudgmental and compassionate too. Those qualities are needed in healthcare. You guys do excell in structured task oriented environments, even if sometimes time crunches wear on you. ISFPs take a lot of emotional punches true, but are resilient none-the-less. My guy struggles with the cliques in healthcare, and often puts his foot in his mouth because he's had to learn how to balance authentic expression with a professional style. But it's not just ISFP's that experience that in healthcare. My guy's best days are when he's clicked well with a patient and assisted them through something difficult. It's easier to deal with job stressors when you're not attaching labels to cans or moving boxes, but helping someone heal and return home, or alleviating their pain. School was tough for him, but not impossible. Sure he's got a guitar and he kind of plays... But honestly I'm the one who paints

Stephanie Edwards (not verified) says...

I am an ISFP and this is very accurate for me. I am very good at the arts and expressing myself. I've learned a lot from this.

Guest (not verified) says...

Hey:)

Nice to see some ppl like me:) my main worry is finding a boyfriend :D it feels like guys don't even look twice at me. N the age that I am I should have had at least 1 by now :D

A person with ISFP (not verified) says...

lol, me too...

except I'm a dude :|

Guest (not verified) says...

right on point

mahto (not verified) says...

48 years old and have done everything as far as types of work, trying to figure out now what will be the MOST appealing for me and something I can do for the rest of my career, this test seems to be right on, what are some jobs that some of you all have and are happy in? thanks

Suhas (not verified) says...

The audio for ISFP says, "you're energized by spending time alone or in quiet surrounding.. ". However, the video reads differently - "energized by spending time with others".

Can the admin kindly correct this please? or am I wrong?

Guest (not verified) says...

Yep, this confirms I am definitely an ISFP. In my case, it is also true that I can function against type, for instance in a visible leadership role...but it is very stressful for me over time. I had to fight my introversion to reach a certain level in my career. Luckily I was eventually able to step back and focus on the favorite creative parts of my job so I enjoy my work with a much lower level of stress now. Young people should not be persuaded to categorize themselves too easily...we all learn about our strengths and weaknesses with maturity. And we learn what matters enough to fight for.

Guest (not verified) says...

This is funny because my two top career choices are in the least popular category for ISFPs.

Guest (not verified) says...

I am an ISFP who discovered my mbti profile quite recently... And also realised that so far, I had chosen the academic and professional paths that were the exact opposite of what would theoretically suit me best: I joined one of the most elitist business school of my country, and have been working in audit, business, marketing fields. Despite the continuous efforts that I engaged, and the reward of being in such prestigious companies, I somehow felt that it was never really my cup of tea. That's why I would constantly change missions, hoping for a better fit, but always ending disappointed by the spectrum of opportunities that are offered. Sad to say that after 26 years of constant reflection on "what should I do with my life", I still do not get satisfied of what I am doing today... Still have some artistic hobbies that enlighten my days (piano, drawing, photography), but could or would never dare pursue a career in that direction. I would feel so sad to waste my time and money studying for nothing, so I still hope to find a fulfilling job, far from the competitive and fierce business world, where I could shine. I read that on average, ISFPs find it hard to work in the ideal jobs of their lives, jobs that are meaningful. I totally agree. Maybe we value it too much, with such passion that we end up being frustrated. I truly hope that I will one day manage to show my real talent and earn my living through it, but today I am still confused ... :( am I the only one in this situation ?

Juleze (not verified) says...

I'm at the same position. Chartered accountant with an international body and in my late 30s but I'm deeply dissatisfied with my life.

A job loss has left me at my wits end. I feel depressed and I'm unsure about the next step to take at this point. There are many accounting jobs but I'm scared of feeling lost and frustrated again.

I'm more of a cross between INFP and ISFP (more ISFP though) and so mundane things don't interest me.

Guest (not verified) says...

No, I k now how you feel too. Im only 27, but I am searching for something meaningful to do!! Good luck xoxo I hope to find something. So exhausting trying things, and keeping positive.

Guest (not verified) says...

Interesting! Reading all this opens perspectives and makes me curious about my creative side. :) What I also like, is that the type is not described in a negative way like other personality tests do (inconspicuous, hesitant, ...) as if I would be lacking something. Of course, we all have weaknesses... However, don't take it too serious either, you shouldn't start reconsidering your whole life or career. I'm working on a phd now, so not all isfp's drop out on college.

Guest (not verified) says...

dead on can't believe it

Nikita (not verified) says...

Wow everything is spot on. I studying Interior Designinh which is one of the best career options for an ISFP personality and I'm loving it :)

Guest (not verified) says...

I think i am both isfp and istp. they are both SPOT ON with the descriptions given and to choose one seems impossible. but the fact that they describe portions of me so well is really something!

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