INFPs at Work

Working Environment

INFPs, like all Perceivers, enjoy a relaxed, casual working environment without tight deadlines or strict rules.  Structured work with lots of little details to remember does not appeal to them; they would rather work creatively with freedom to improvise.  An INFP's work should be personally meaningful; again, money is not their bottom line.  They do not like strict supervision, a competitive atmosphere, or interpersonal conflict.  These things hit INFPs harder than most other types.  As introverts they draw their energy from peaceful, quiet external surroundings; jobs with noise and bustle may be draining, particularly if high levels of interpersonal contact are required. 

The most important work environment characteristics for INFPs were "Independence and Achievement" (liked by over 80% of the type) and "Variety of tasks" (Myers et al., 1998).  Furthermore, INFP were one of the types that most liked "Independence and achievement" and "People from different backgrounds" in comparison to other types.  This fits in well with the fact that one of the biggest INFP values was "Autonomy."

Job Satisfaction

INFPs and INTPs have the lowest job satisfaction of all types (Myers et al., 1998).  Both types noted that they were dissatisfied with their company, the work they did, and their future job opportunites.  They were also noted that they were likely to leave their current job.  Big dissatisfiers for INFPs were "Promotions," "Stress," and "Accomplishment."

Preferred Jobs

Hammer (1993) listed occupational trends for INFPs as Counseling (they are currently overrepresented among therapists), Writing, and Arts.