INFPs desire a life filled with significance and meaning. To find the INFP careers that fit, I’ve done the work for you. This list includes the best fits for your type.
Use the following ideas as a starting point to figure out what to do for work and play.
Before we go any father, I get it. The word “careers” is quickly becoming a cultural faux pas. I’m not of the mind that we have to stick to one career and one company for the rest of our lives. If you’re a millennial like me, you probably are nodding your head. It’s much better for our sanity if we shift around. Plus, learning more about ourselves requires us to be outside of our comfort zones trying new things. If you don’t love the career you are in, or you just want to break up the monotony, you’ve come to the right place.
As someone who understands the value of connections, discovering your passion, and developing deep and meaningful relationships, finding just the right fit is tricky. Whether it’s an impactful career, a side-hustle that makes a difference in other’s lives, or a hobby that brings joy and contentment, it’s important to decide how to spend your time.
INFPs search for meaning and purpose in all they do. As you live out your convictions and seek to develop into your best self, keep in mind the following INFP career, side hustle, and hobby ideas and suggestions.
Let’s first dive into your type a bit. If you need a refresher start here. If not, keep scrolling for your list of INFP careers, side-hustles, and hobbies.
Each personality type has a cognitive stack of four different ways of interpreting and experiencing the world. Below are just the first two (Primary and auxiliary), as I don’t find it necessary to lean too heavily on this.
The dominant function of an INFP is their Introverted Feeling (Fi). INFPs have a heightened awareness to their own thoughts and feelings. Their desire to live a life of meaning and purpose comes from Fi and this extreme awareness and inner intensity. When it comes to job types and what to look for, knowing your primary function as Fi helps to point you in the direction of helping others (primarily individuals) and giving back.
Filling your cup means doing things that let you do what you do best. Not all professions work for INFPs because of their sensitivity and preference for individuality.
The secondary or auxiliary function of an INFP is their Extraverted Intuition (Ne). Through this information gathering process, INFPs are great at seeing things from different perspectives. When coupled with Fi it makes for a well-rounded way of viewing the world.
For a more in depth look at the cognitive stacks and how they work go here. For basic purposes, it’s okay not to dive too deeply; it’s more important to find work that we enjoy doing.
In general INFPs:
- Can be choosy about who they spend time with sometimes to a fault, but they value time with people that understand and appreciate them.
- Care very much about morals, principles, and the right way of doing something.
- Are true to themselves and don’t care as much what others think.
- On a quest for continued personal growth and self-discovery.
- Aren’t afraid to take risks and stand out.
- Are often drawn to the arts with their creative side.
- Can be too idealistic and not down to earth.
- Are highly passionate and caring about the subjects they care most about.
- Are hard working and dedicated.
- Dislike data, practical matters, and criticism.
- Easily show compassion for those in need.
Keep in mind, similar to the INFJ type, INFPs might have a difficult time finding a career that fits just right. As such, it becomes even more important to learn more about yourself, and to find work that you not only enjoy, but brings home the bacon too. Everyone has the ability to find the right fit, but for some it takes more hustle to get there.
I encourage you to not settle until you find the path that brings you equal doses of fulfillment and contentment.
Aren’t 100 %sure of your type? Go here to take a free test and figure it out (but read other type descriptions too if you aren’t confident in your score). Quickly browse the career list on that site, but come back here for a better look into how your type affects the changing landscape of jobs in our millennial age.
Let’s dive right into five INFP careers worth considering.
1) Art Therapist
Art therapists work one on one or in small groups with people to develop an under-stimulated section of most people’s brains. As a deep thinker and someone who appreciates the power of creativity, you’ll be able to merge your passions with something that truly helps people.
2) Content Strategist
This one is on the INFP careers list because it uses your creative side, but also taps into your forward thinking abilities. Content strategists develop a plan for the business, church, or non-profit that wants to reach people with the power of content marketing.
3) HR Specialist
In this job you’ll get to meet with people and learn the ins and outs of what makes the best hire for any given position. As an HR expert, you’ll most likely have to have gone through some not so great fit jobs with a lot of people time, but if you can make it here you’ll do well. It can either be a position of leadership (which you might detest but would actually be great at), or more of a coaching and consultancy type role.
For those who are deep on the introvert side of things, being alone in a quiet place for most of the day sounds really nice.
5) Massage Therapist
Massage therapists conduct business one on one with clients. You will have to interact closely with people, but if you enjoy more quiet settings with a direct purpose, this might be a good fit.
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INFP Side Hustles
Moving beyond INFP careers, INFPs would do well to add a side hustle or two to their income portfolios. INFPs prefer to work alone on something with just the right mix of meaning and purpose.
1) Designing for Fiverr
If you are good at design and enjoy the arts, you could consider doing design work on Fiverr. You could design book covers, social media posts, blog cover images, etc. for people for a quick buck.
This is a good place to start off as a freelancer, but once you get better charge more for your work. Take your side hustle to the next level by finding outside clients or by upgrading to a platform like Upwork and only accepting high paying work that you’ll enjoy.
2) KDP Non Fiction
As an INFJ, I’ve found my sweet spot with writing books and publishing them on Amazon. I enjoy this venture, but I think an INFP would do well here too.
If you enjoy writing or the creative arts, self-publishing on Amazon KDP does have a learning curve, but if I can do it surely you can too.
See the books I’ve done here for an example of what’s possible.
3) Make Homemade Mead and Sell to Friends
Do you love taking on new projects and fun endeavors? Why not try making your own homemade honey mead and inviting a few close friends over for a taste taste?
Here’s how to do it:
4) Virtual Assistant
Did you know people pay to have someone do data entry and similar type tasks for them? Not because it’s beneath them, but in order to run a business effectively you’ve got to know when to get help.
These aren’t the highest paying jobs available, but if you’d prefer to be at home in your PJs with a laptop doing work while watching Netflix, this could be a good option for you.
5) Notary Public
Even though some consider this a dying side hustle, there are random times when you NEED a notary public. Even if you just notarized things for your friends once in awhile, charge them $100 for your time and call it good. It’s the perfect side hustle.
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Consider moving beyond just making money. Sure, our careers and side hustles can be fun in their own right if we pick the right ones, but to find a good work life balance we all need to find occasion to unwind and rest. To become a more grounded and well balanced individual, we should learn to enjoy our off time with hobbies that fit.
Here are five ideas for INFP hobbies:
1) Aquarium at Home
I used to own a 55 gallon freshwater aquarium that housed a few fish and a couple crayfish. This was back when we lived in PA, but it was a hobby I loved. Apparently, having an aquarium is great for anxiety as it calms you down, and it’s fun to watch and enjoy too.
2) Avocado Parent
If you’ve followed my blog for any length of time, you’ve no doubt heard about our Avocado plants. You can indeed grow an avocado pit into a full blown tree from inside the comfort of your own home. It takes time, patience, water, and not much else.
Here’s a shot of one of ours at about 1.5 years old. One day, I hope we get some actual avocados out of them, but I’m not holding my breath.
3) Smashing Gingerbread Houses
This is a family tradition, but everyone needs to let loose once in awhile. A danger of the INFP personality is taking everything too seriously, something I definitely get as an INFJ.
Building a gingerbread house for no other reason than to smash it is wildly intoxicating. Give it a try,
4) Creating Your Own Music
If you’ve ever played with Garageband as a kid and loved it, maybe consider taking it up again. You eventually turn it into a side hustle, or you could just dabble with creating music just for the fun of it.
Waking is one of the most underrated hobbies out there. There is so much to be said about walking, and here is a post I wrote a while back showing all the benefits.
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What are your favorite INFP careers, side hustles and hobbies? Share below!