Best jobs for INFP with ADHD (A guide to careers for INFP)

In this brief guide, we will look at some of the best jobs for INFP with ADHD, and some other forms of careers for INFP personality, like remote jobs for INFP and INFP careers to avoid. We will also look at some Strengths and weaknesses of the INFP personality that dictate what career they choose.

Best Jobs for INFP with ADHD

The best jobs for INFP with ADHD would ideally consist of something that engages their attention and helps them to either stop being lost in their fantasy world or harness their rich inner world.

ADHD in INFP personalities tends to manifest much more in inattention and being easily distracted by their own internal stimuli, and less so in hyperactivity.

They may sometimes be somewhat agitated and keep moving around too much, but they are much more likely to spend their time daydreaming and thinking up possibilities and ideas, which comes naturally to them anyway and gets amplified in ADHD.

Therefore, the best jobs for INFP with ADHD will be ones that are able to engage their attention for long periods and involve them in the process intimately so that they don’t feel their attention slipping and their work suffering.

When the INFP with ADHD is looking for a job, it may help them to keep in mind that they should not get into jobs that they feel are not that interesting for the sake of money or because they think they can have a go at it, because they may often find that they are not able to sustain themselves for too long in such jobs.

INFP with ADHD may also find themselves attracted to a variety of options, but they may also need to keep in mind that they need to tether themselves at some point, and the best job for this type of INFP may often be something that allows them to do different things.

This tendency of the INFP with ADHD to want newness is why so many of them might make great writers or even editors, because it means that they will get to do what they love so much: dive into new worlds every so often and get lost.

INFPs, whether they have ADHD or not, will do well in any creative jobs that have a tie to personal meaning, and they also don’t mind time alone. 

INFPs are also sensitive to the emotions of others, and it may often be that their supportive nature makes them valuable members of any team, which may make them fit well in that type of situation.

INFP Personality: Strengths and Weaknesses

To understand what the best jobs for INFP with ADHD might be, we need to understand what their strengths and weaknesses are.

The strengths of an INFP personality include:

  • INFPs are very thoughtful, and they care deeply about other people’s feelings, probably because of their feelings function.
  • The typical INFP may also change their actions accordingly if they think they might hurt anyone and this makes them good team players.
  • INFP is also very generous, and they do not enjoy succeeding at others’ expense. 
  • The INFP is good at sharing, and they will always want to share the good things in their lives. 
  • INFP values equality, and they make sure that every voice and perspective is heard.
  • INFP is open-minded, and they will almost always give other people the benefit of the doubt. 
  • INFP is also quite tolerant of other people’s beliefs, lifestyles, and decisions. 
  • The typical INFP personality also likes to support others’ rights, and they may often stand up for those that can’t.
  • INFP is also creative, and they are very good at seeing the more unconventional perspectives. 
  • INFP also has the ability to make surprising and unexpected connections, which is a possible reason behind them being so drawn to any creative or artistic field.
  • INFPs are also passionate and when something truly captures their imagination, and they are able to jump into it with their whole heart. 
  • The INFP may often be reserved or reticent, but they have very strong feelings towards just causes and their own ideals.
  • INFP is also very loyal to their values, and they will insist on doing the right thing and stay the course as much as possible.
  • INFP also likes to do things that are meaningful, and they have a deep sense of purpose and even courage.

Given below are some weaknesses of the INFP personality:

  • INFP can sometimes be overly idealistic and forget about the reality when they are caught up in their ideals.
  • INFP might frequently idolize their romantic partner and in the context of their career, they may sometimes expect everything to feel meaningful or perfect all the time.
  • INFP might often be disappointed because they are not able to find something that fits as well as their beliefs or their dreams.
  • INFP can also be very critical of themselves, and they may expect so much from themselves that ultimately they fall short. 
  • INFP might also accuse themselves of being selfish or extremely inadequate and sometimes this may start to manifest in how they work or what they choose to work on. 
  • INFP can frequently lose the motivation to get things done, and they are prone to burnout as well.
  • INFP can also be a tad impractical and sometimes when they are caught up in their imagination, they become consumed by it and may neglect other things.
  • INFP is also prone to ignoring practical matters, and they may prefer being in their inner world more often than not.
  • Sometimes they can get so engrossed in what is at hand that they may neglect eating or sleeping as well.
  • INFP can sometimes get too hung up on one idea, and they may then be afraid to act on it because they might not do it perfectly.
  • INFP is also very emotional and sometimes they may be too focused on their emotions and lose track of what is going on in the real-world.
  • INFP may also find it to slow down and analyze, rationally, the true facts of a situation.
  • INFP also hates conflict, and they may invest a great deal of time and energy into trying to please everyone. 
  • INFP can sometimes ignore their inner wisdom in favor of being calm and nice in the outer world.
  • INFP can also be painfully sensitive to even constructive criticism.
  • INFP is very private, and they can be somewhat difficult to get to know.

Best Jobs for INFP with ADHD: Examples

Here are some examples of the best jobs for INFP with ADHD:

  • Writer
  • Fine artist (Painter, Sculptor)
  • Multimedia artist or animator
  • Photographer
  • Film editor
  • Videographer
  • Interpreter or translator
  • Editorial director
  • Fundraising manager
  • UX designer
  • Design technologist
  • Librarian
  • Museum curator
  • Archivist
  • Guidance counselor
  • Mental health professional
  • Physical therapist
  • Massage therapist
  • Speech-language pathologist

The Best Remote Jobs for INFP

Some of the best remote jobs for INFP personality may include the following:

  • Writer
  • Editor
  • Freelance artist
  • Graphic Designer
  • Online Therapist
  • Advertising
  • Researcher

Here are some experiences of INFP people with remote jobs:

“I find working remotely is the best thing I’ve ever done. I have no set schedule, no office drama, no micromanagers, and the freedom to move around the world as I please.

For jobs, go to indeed.com and put the word “remote” in the location field. Also, I think flexjobs.com is a remote job search engine, but I haven’t tried it yet.”

“I wouldn’t really worry about the college thing. Without getting too into the education histories of people I know, let’s say I’ve only seen lack of a college degree stop you if you want to be, say, a surgeon. If you can prove on a resume that you’re not a complete idiot, that goes very far.

I don’t want to get too specific in a public forum, but I’ve done a lot of work in the finance/legal sector.”

“I’m 24/25ish, and I work remotely as a translator. I love it– working in jammies, not having to do office small talk”

INFP Careers to Avoid

Here are some INFP careers to avoid given the specific personality traits of this type:

  • Sales: INFP may not like competition with colleagues or conflict.
  • Military: strict adherence to rules, bureaucracy and routine are also not the INFP’s cup of tea
  • Law: INFP hates conflict and as such they would not do well in situations of legal type.
  • Analyst: INFP would likely get bored as a data cruncher.
  • Office/Desk Job: A job where the INFP needs to do dry and boring work in the same place will likely finish off their spirit.

INFP with ADHD

An INFP with ADHD is likely going to have trouble focusing their attention on things that do not capture their attention to the fullest and even then they are likely to get bored frequently.

An INFP may also experience more frequent daydreaming when they have ADHD than other INFPs do or even compared to most other people with ADHD.

Another thing INFP with ADHD might struggle with is detailed instructions and too many rules and regulations, as people with ADHD struggle with this anyway and combined with the free spirited nature of the INFP personality, they might have a tougher time with it.

Conclusion

In this brief guide, we looked at some of the best jobs for INFP with ADHD, and some other forms of careers for INFP personality, like remote jobs for INFP and INFP careers to avoid. We also looked at some Strengths and weaknesses of the INFP personality that dictate what career they choose.

MBTI personality types are most employed in the field of careers and figuring out what jobs are good for people, and in cases where the employer wants to get an understanding of the person’s personality type before hiring them.

An INFP personality that has ADHD, can still have many career options depending on what they are interested in and what they are good at, which can still be many things because they have strengths of their own.

If you have any further questions or comments about the best paying jobs for INFP with ADHD, please feel free to reach out to us at any time.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Best jobs for INFP with ADHD

What careers are best for INFP?

Here are the best careers for an INFP

Counselor, Psychologist or Psychiatrist
Teacher or professor
Graphic Designer.
Human Resources 
Public Relations 
Physical Therapist or Occupational Therapist.
Athletics Coach.
Writer

What should an INFP do for a living?

INFPs should do something that engages their creative spirit and lets them have some time by themselves for a living.

INFPs also enjoy having one-on-one time with people as well as quiet spaces, so jobs like being a Museum curator, an Archivist, a Guidance counselor or a librarian might work very well for an INFP.

Are INFP good in bed?

Yes, INFP can be very good in bed, as they have very rich and complex inner worlds which make them quite creative in everything they do, which means that they can often bring the same creativity to being intimate with someone.

However, it has also been seen that while INFP can be very good in bed, they are usually ranked as some of the most unsatisfied with their sex lives as well.

How do I make my INFP happy?

Here are some ways to keep your INFP happy:

Help them sort out their thoughts
Help them speak up for themselves and do it for them as well.
Give them tonnes of space
Show interest in their rich inner world
Support them when they go against the flow. 
Support them when they do things their way
Help them make sense of their complex inner world
Nurture their innate hope and innocence. 
Help them self-love. 
Listen to their emotions and feelings

Citations

https://www.ziprecruiter.com/blog/what-are-the-best-occupations-for-infp-personality-type/

https://www.indeed.com/career-advice/finding-a-job/best-careers-for-infp-personalities

https://www.16personalities.com/infp-strengths-and-weaknesses

Divya is currently a Clinical Psychology Trainee in a Master of Philosophy program and holds a Master’s in clinical psychology. She has a special interest in Personality studies and disorders, having researched the subject before, and Neuropsychology; with an additional interest being Mood disorders. She likes to write about Psychiatric issues, having worked in multiple specialty setups during her time as a clinical psychology student, and in her free time she likes to cook and read.