Your personality plays into what kinds of jobs you might be good at. It also says a lot about what kinds of jobs you would enjoy better than others. If your personality is an INFP personality, I’ve got the scoop on the best jobs for you!
Let’s first talk about what INFP is. INFP is an abbreviation which means introversion, intuition, feeling, and perception. Sixteen personality types were found to be common among our populations, according to research which spun from the work of Carl G. Jung, noted psychiatrist. INFP is one of those personality types.
INFP personality types are Healers and Idealists. They make decisions based on their feelings and intuitions. They are often artistic and dreamers. They look for the extraordinary in life and shun the mundane.
They want to make the world a better place and help others. They are passionate about everything they do.
INFP’s are often spiritual and deep kinds of people. They seek to find deeper meanings of things while reserving the opportunity to be flexible in their views as they seek to learn more about why others might feel differently than they do.
If you have an INFP personality, you are probably a very patient type of person. You’re willing to tough things out. You’re the kind of person who will lemonade out of lemons.
At the same time, you can be sensitive to how others feel about you. You want to be viewed as someone who has integrity and might get upset if someone misunderstands your motives or values you as anything but good-hearted.
When you set out to do something, you do it with commitment and dedication. You expect to do your best and hope others do the same. At the same time, you realize there are times to go off the path if you see there might be a better way of doing something. Conformity is really not your thing. So you may try something out of trial and error, especially for the greater cause.
You feel other’s emotions and have empathy for them. As a person with an INFP personality, you are probably pretty particular about what you do and who you do it with, but will easily preach to others the importance of building ties with other people. This is most likely because you are guarded in your own life until you know the motivations of others in your life.
Some of the most famous INFPs have included John Lennon, Princess Diana, A.A. Milne, Hellen Keller, William Shakespeare, and Audrey Hepburn. It’s easy to see when you think about the role these famous people played, many of the INFP traits seem evident.
INTERESTING STATISTICS OF THE INFP PERSONALITY
- INFPs make up 4% of the general population. 5% are women and 4% are men. Overall, INFP is the ninth most common type in the population.
- Top personality traits are artistic, sensitive, flexible, perceptive, compassionate, and appreciative
- Least likely to suffer heart disease
- Men who are INFP personality type are less likely to report having pain issues
- Second highest of the personality types to be unhappy in their marriage
- A tendency to learn foreign languages more easily
- Most likely to be less than satisfied with their work
INFPs IN THE WORKPLACE
People with the INFP personality trait tend to be highly creative and enjoy the arts as hobbies. Many are writers, photographers, musicians, and love the theater. While many work in those areas, their careers span out to other fields as well.
You analyze things in a huge way and tend to be dogmatic about things. This only reinforces your contribution to your surroundings, especially your work environment. You’re likely to have a job that helps others and income is not a motivator when choosing what kind of career to have.
You’re more likely to work at something that you can see growing into something that will help many people, even if it takes a bit of hard work to solve the issues that get in the way. You are likely to be the one to invent new ways to achieve the desired objectives.
INFPs have to be careful about spreading themselves too thin because they are often quite committed to their cause, especially in the workplace. They need to concentrate on what areas will best serve their clients or the business they work for.
Their own moral values are important to them, and sometimes they need to look to the greater need to find a solution that improves everyone’s situation, not just their own. At the same time, they don’t want to be untrue to themselves.
This is a balance that must be found because they will often neglect their own needs to satisfy others. In short, to this end, the INFP worker wants to maintain control, while making others feel they can trust them.
INFPs find it useful to take complex work tasks, especially those that take a long time and break them down into smaller milestones. Their analytical thinking is often lacking so they may think they can do more than they can.
They need to learn the difference between what is possible for them to do and what is more sensible to ask of themselves. They also need to learn to delegate to others more to achieve this. At the same time, when doing so, they tend to keep the harder stuff for themselves and give only minor tasks to others. They are always thinking about others first.
The INFP strengths in the workplace are:
- Commitment to their tasks
- Innovative ways to improve things for their work
- A tendency to get very enthusiastic and productive at times and this is when they thrive in the workplace
- An ability to look beyond what’s current to see that their work benefits others for years to come
- They bring optimism to their workplace
- They see how things connect
It’s important to note which jobs are the worse for an INFP personality type. You’ll want to avoid police work, engineering, analytical work such as a systems analyst, sales jobs, electrician work, auditing work, science work like chemists, being a judge, dentistry, and even nursing at the LPN level.
Let’s learn which are the best jobs for those with an INFP personality.
It’s no surprise that many INFPs work in the arts. In fact, more people in the arts probably share this personality type than any of the others. Let’s check out a couple of these jobs.
Screenwriters and Playwrights help write scripts for television shows and movies. They may be involved in writing a hit television drama, or a documentary about a famous person. They may write movies, a play, or a commercial. Screenwriters work with directors, editors, and other production people to bring ideas to life on the screen or stage.
Research doesn’t give a good idea of what screenwriters or playwrights make in their niche. They only show that all writers across the board earn an average of $60,000 a year.
Multimedia Artists and Animators are the ones who create visual effects for television, movies, video games and other media. They create the animation involved in them as well. Half of all multimedia artists and animators work for themselves in a freelance capacity. You often need a bachelor’s degree in computer graphics, art, or similar area to develop the skills which bring an attractive portfolio of your work. Education also helps to develop the technical skills needed for the job. Of course, in this line of work, there are always a few who are naturally gifted and self-taught.
The average yearly income of multimedia artists and animators is around $65,000.
EDUCATION AND LIBRARY
Once again, the INFP personality type wants to make a difference or advance a cause. Education does this by helping students to grow and become successful adults.
Librarians help people find information and conduct research for either personal, education, or professional use. Their duties vary, depending on whether they work in public, school, or medical libraries. Some work for local government, colleges, companies, or schools. A master’s degree in library science is necessary to work as a librarian.
Librarians earn an average of $57,000 a year.
Special Education Teachers work with students who have learning, mental, emotional, or physical disabilities. They adapt regular education lessons to these students capabilities. They teach the main subjects like reading, writing, and math to these students who have mild and moderate disabilities. They also teach basic life skills like literacy and communication techniques to students with more severe disabilities. Additional certification in addition to a teaching degree is required.
The average salary is around $57,000 a year.
Many areas in healthcare focus on helping others. It’s easy to see why people with the INFP personality trait are drawn to it.
Massage Therapist falls under healthcare of a more holistic nature. Massage therapists use touch to help their client’s muscles and soft tissues in their body. They help induce pain relief, heal injuries, improve circulation, relieve stress, increase relaxation, and improve the well-being of their clients. They can work in spas, clinics, doctor’s offices, and fitness centers.
Massage therapists earn an average salary of $37,000 a year.
Veterinarians care for the health of animals. They diagnose and treat their medical conditions and offer preventative care as well. They work in their own private clinics or animal hospitals. They also travel to farms when needed.
A veterinarian earns an average yearly income of $88,000.
Because people with the INFP personality type are nurturers, it’s easy to see why they would thrive in fields that involve helping others. They tend to look for work that will matter in the long run and make a difference in the world around them.
Mental Health Counselors are mental health workers who offer care to patients with mental disorders or therapeutic needs. They may conduct assessments of their patient’s mental health, develop treatment plans for their condition, or make referrals for other treatment. They work in both individual and group sessions. They can work on their own, for schools, government, agencies, or other places that have mental health divisions. All states require a master’s degree to work as a mental health counselor.
The average annual salary of a mental health counselor is $41,000.
Speech and Language Pathologists are also often called speech therapists. They assess, diagnose, and treat language, communication and swallowing disorders in patients. There are many causes of these disorders which involve physical causes like strokes, brain injury, hearing loss, developmental delays, Parkinson’s, cleft palates, autism, or others.
A master’s degree is required and speech pathologists earn an average yearly salary of $75,000.
The list goes beyond what I’ve touched on that the INFP personality type is good at working at. They also make great human resource specialists, anthropologists, historians, psychologists, and other great employees in varying fields. It’s important to just find your niche and interests to find one you love.
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