INFP Careers (A list of 11+ Careers)

In this brief guide, we will look at a list of INFP careers, and some INFP careers to avoid. We will also look at some INFP famous people and some other things related to INFP personality.

INFP Careers

INFP careers need to involve a certain degree of interaction with others and leave them enough time to themselves, and some of the best possible INFP careers are as follows:

  • Healthcare/Primary care physician
  • Writer
  • Video Game Tester/Player
  • Journalist
  • Editor
  • Proofreader
  • Freelance video editor or writer
  • Painter/Artist
  • Actor

INFP personality tends to have inclinations towards the fantasy and creative aspects, and as such most INFP careers are centered around these concepts.

No INFP is particularly driven by money or status because they care more about other things, like making sure they have the necessary work-life balance or making sure they are not running themselves ragged because of work.

They also tend to favor careers where they may be able to align the work with their personal values and at the same time help others achieve what they want to.

No matter how technical the career, when an INFP enters it they may invariably enliven it with their colorful and creative inputs, like a manager who puts a little extra thought into their emails or the branding associate who color codes their infographics just right.

This tendency of the INFP worker may be well appreciated by the right bosses, and they may frequently be commended for their initiative and creativity, and they may do it in the quietest of ways because they are, in their hearts, introverts.

INFP Career and Personality Traits

Most INFPs are motivated by vision and inspiration and they may secretly hold the desire to make an identity of their own in their chosen career or at the very least do the best that they possibly can, because while they are not as ambitious as the ruthless ENTJ or other personality types, they will still want to engage with projects and causes that feel important to them.

INFP personality may also favor careers that touch the lives of others in some way, but they may not be too keen on a lot of hand holding or too much face time with other people, like someone in a nursing profession might do, or perhaps someone in a more people-oriented field.

INFPs are also great at creative problem-solving and they may often be the backbone of big projects at work which they may organize in their unique creative and innovative way, not getting hung up on the tiny details or obsessing about making it “just right”, but making it an overall successful venture no matter what it is.

INFP careers may also be chosen with the need to understand complex issues because as much as these individuals appreciate innovation and want to come up with original ideas to improve circumstances for people, they also wonder about things they don’t quite understand, and they are always looking to learn more about it.

INFPs may mean that they may often choose careers that allow them to express their individuality in the way they work, and take advantage of their ability to see unique solutions.

INFPs enjoy a degree of independence in whatever they do and the minute their superiors start micromanaging too much they may get antsy and be itching to leave, so allowing them to work working autonomously and having control over how and when to complete a project is usually the best way to handle an INFP employee.

Furthermore, INFPs need stimulation and challenges because their creativity is off the charts, and unless they are able to use it enough they may go on looking for greener pastures which have more use for their unique insights.

Participating in teams may never be a problem with an INFP, they are introverted in the way most introverted personalities are in the MBTI, they just need to have time to themselves to heal and recover from work, and they will likely not share a bunch of personal details with people, but they will get along with them just fine.

INFPs are cooperative, supportive, and flexible, and they may love to have coworkers who have similar passion for their ideals because their introverted feeling function means that they are likely to have strong belief systems and values.

Caring, creative INFPs tend to choose careers that let them express their individuality and their personal values and many INFP careers are built in the form of helping professions, where they can bring their compassion and empathy to others, but they may just as often choose to work in creative and artistic occupations which allow them to think freely and be their unique selves.

Based on the features discussed above, some classic INFP careers are as follow:

  • Photographer
  • Multimedia Artist or Animator
  • Editor
  • Film Editor
  • Interpreter or Translator
  • Social Worker
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Writer
  • Community and Social Service
  • Mental Health Counselor
  • School or Career Counselor
  • Community Service Manager
  • Fine Artist
  • Fashion Designer
  • Graphic Designer
  • Science and Health Care
  • Anthropologist
  • Psychologist
  • Sociologist
  • Chiropractor
  • Business and Management
  • Fundraiser
  • Human Resources Specialist
  • Training or Development Manager
  • Midwife
  • Preschool Teacher
  • Professor or College Instructor
  • Special Education Teacher
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Physical Therapist
  • Speech-Language Pathologist
  • Veterinarian
  • Veterinary Technician
  • Nutritionist
  • Genetic Counselor
  • Massage Therapist
  • Education and Library
  • Archivist or Curator
  • Elementary School Teacher
  • Librarian

INFP Jobs to Avoid

INFP jobs to avoid may include just about any job that requires these individuals to do the same thing over and over again for the same result, or something that needs them to cut into their personal time, which they hate.

INFPs are creative and sensitive, and they are best suited to jobs that appreciate this aspect of them, because without their creativity and uniqueness they may feel adrift.

INFP imagination is another attribute they are exceptionally proud of, and when this is taken away from them, they may feel lost and face conflicts in their identity, nd any INFP stuck in a career where they are just working with dry facts and figures or being given mundane projects will very likely succumb to depression.

Based on these points, some of the typical INFP jobs to avoid are as follows:

  • Systems Analyst
  • Sales Manager
  • Financial Manager
  • Auditor
  • Military Officer
  • Police Officer
  • Chemical Engineer
  • Dentist
  • Licensed Practical Nurse
  • Judge
  • Materials Engineer
  • Electrician
  • Cost Estimator
  • Engineering Technician
  • Chemist

INFP Famous People

Given below are some of the most well-known INFP famous people, and looking at their careers is a good indication of how the INFP mind works and how well suited they are to writing and fantasy genres.

  • William Shakespeare
  • Audrey Hepburn
  • Princess Diana
  • Isabel Briggs-Myers
  • J.R.R Tolkien
  • Helen Keller
  • George Orwell
  • Mary 
  • Fred Rogers
  • Lisa Kudrow
  • Aldous Huxley
  • John F. Kennedy
  • Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • James Taylor
  • Peter Jackson
  • A.A. Milne
  • Mia Farrow
  • Henry Wadsworth
  • Neil Diamond
  • Albert Schweitzer
  • John the Apostle
  • Donna Reed
  • Tom Brokaw
  • Amy Tan
  • Fred Savage
  • D Clark
  • Virgil
  • Scott Bakula
  • Mark The Evangelist 
  • Annie Dillard

Best Paying Jobs for INFP 

Some of the best paying jobs for INFP personalities are as follows:

Psychologist: This may be someone who reads between the lines and can spot inconsistencies in themselves and others and may also be good at responding to whatever happens in a situation, and use these tendencies to help with emotional problems.

The average salaries of a psychologist can be upto $96,180 per year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, depending on the field of psychology they are in.

Architect: This is a great and rewarding career for an INFP, because they are creative and innovative, which means that they can make this field better, and renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright is a good example of an INFP.

An architect’s mean salary is $74,520 across all sectors, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. High earners are able to pull in well over $120,000 per year, which may be good for INFP individuals looking for the best paying careers.

Human Rights Lawyer: This is another great career for someone like INFP who is so in tune with the needs and wants of others, and the average mean salaries tend to be around $133,470, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Medicine: Average salaries in healthcare and medicine tend to be around $189,760, which makes these jobs quite good for INFP personalities as well given how empathetic they are.

INFP Careers: Reddit

Here are some inputs from INFPs regarding what career they are in and why they like it, from Reddit, because this may often help people figure out what they want to do:

“I’m a Content Marketing Manager — I help an organization create content that they can use for branding, marketing and communications purposes. 

An an INFP myself, I’ve always been more attracted to careers and roles that gave me the chance to explore my creative side (in my case, particularly with writing). Writing as a creative and professional pursuit naturally requires complete focus and immersion in the topic/subject, and that type of dedicated sharp focus has always been extremely attractive to me. Being able to leave the worries and cares of the world around you to enter into the world of the subject you’re writing on holds great appeal to me, whether that’s in writing fiction or nonfiction. The flipside, however, is that often I find myself unable to reach a point of focus and immersion that I really enjoy because of the many distractions of the world around me. This often leads to frequent feelings of frustration and projects being abandoned anyway. It may be safe to say that INFPs excel at creative professions — when they are able to find the environment that best suits them. Unfortunately, that’s easier said than done. Nevertheless, my experiences as a writer and content professional have been the perfect outlet for the passion and focus I feel as an INFP.”

“I think for some of us language is something we get really interested in. My goal is to major in sign language and become an interpreter or something along those lines.”

“Psychology is supposed to be a good field for us. Empathy and good listening are skills we have that make a good psychologist. I’m currently in college considering this career path. I’m also tutor, which I really like because I get to help people one-on-one and it’s a relaxed environment.”

“Not engineering, I kinda hate it, may not end up using my degree.”

Conclusion

In this brief guide, we looked at a list of INFP careers, and some INFP careers to avoid. We also looked at some INFP famous people and some other things related to INFP personality.

INFP personalities are known for their people-oriented tendencies and their deep and emotional attitudes, which make them great for any career that engages these sides of them.

At the same time, these people are also very involved in fantasy and they may be deep thinkers, so they may be great in positions that call for a lot of abstract thinking or philosophical pondering.

If you have any more questions or comments about INFP careers, please feel free to reach out to us at any time.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): INFP Careers

What careers are good for Infp?

Some careers that are good for INFP are:

Writer. 
Counselor. 
Marketer. 
Psychologist or Psychiatrist.
Human Resources Specialist. 
Public Relations Specialist.
Teacher.
Graphic Designer. 

What should an Infp major in?

An INFP should major in fields such as:

Architecture.
Business Administration.
Counseling Psychology.
Art.
Apparel Design.
Athletic Training.
Biology.
Dietetics.

Who Should an Infp marry?

An INFP should marry someone like an ENFJ, as their dominant function is introverted feeling, which tends to be best matched with someone who has an extroverted feeling function.

Due to the matching of dominant functions, an INFP can also marry someone like an ESFJ.

Can Infp be doctors?

Yes, INFP can be doctors, as they are individuals who care deeply about other people and they like to help whenever they can.

INFPs can also make good doctors because they tend to be highly empathetic, which is always a good quality in a doctor.

Citations

https://www.truity.com/personality-type/INFP/careers

https://www.truity.com/blog/top-earning-careers-infp

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.