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Best Careers for ISFJ Personalities

May 11, 2018

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By understanding your personality and how you are likely to react to the environment around you, you can make good choices for your life and career path. The Myers–Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) questionnaire is one way to learn more about yourself, your perceptions, and your unique characteristics. Being aware of your individual character traits and taking advantage of your natural talents is the first step to finding a fulfilling ISFJ career that fits your personality.

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ISFJ Personality Overview

The Myers-Briggs test identifies ISFJs as having these characteristics: Introversion – Sensing – Feeling – Judging. People with this personality type are industrious caretakers, fiercely loyal to traditions and organizations. They are practical, compassionate and caring, and they strive to provide for and protect others.

Conventional and grounded, ISFJs respect and strive to uphold established structures and create and maintain orderly environments. They have a strong work ethic that includes serving others and are dedicated to their duties. ISFJs are conscientious and methodical workers who are not satisfied until the job is done.

Because ISFJs are driven by their personal values, they strive to work hard and do what others expect from them. They are dedicated to maintaining harmony with others, are loyal to established methods and values, and respect the accepted way of doing things. They also enjoy mentoring others, sharing information and insights freely to help newcomers feel at ease and part of the organization.

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Best Careers for ISFJs

Because ISFJs respect structure and process, they often excel at completing tasks thoroughly and efficiently. They prefer an explicit authority figure who provides clear expectations. ISFJ careers are typically behind the scenes, fulfilling responsibilities without public fanfare. An ideal job for an ISFJ involves well-defined work tasks, allowing them to achieve concrete results with minimal distractions.

If you are an ISFJ, consider the careers listed below:

Arts and Humanities

Because structure and attention to detail are important to ISFJs, they will generally avoid careers that are overly abstract or theoretical and seek positions requiring detailed, exacting methodologies. Those who seek careers in the Arts and Humanities might be drawn to professions like these:

Commercial Media and Communications

Being adept at making connections, ISFJs enjoy tackling complex projects. They are comfortable working alone and shy away from the spotlight. Their ability to focus and solve problems make them ideal for Commercial Media and Communications positions such as the following:


ISFJ can find many opportunities for success in business environments, particularly larger corporations. Their respect for process and structure and desire for hierarchy make them a natural fit in global organizations. Consider the following roles:

Education and Healthcare

ISFJs are highly attuned to the needs of others and willingly share their knowledge with those who can benefit. They seek careers that balance their need to focus on their work mentoring others. Many ISFJs find the balance they need in professions such as these:

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Which Careers Should ISFJs Avoid?

When you can align your career path with your natural talents and personality, you improve your chances for professional success. Knowing the careers and environments you should steer clear of can also make a big difference in your job satisfaction. Although INFJs do well in business environments, they often find sales positions frustrating. Occupations that involve direct interactions with customers can also be challenging for this personality type. Consider avoiding the following career paths if you’re an ISFJ:

  • Retail salesperson
  • Sales manager
  • Flight attendant
  • Tour guide

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Making the Most of Your Myers-Briggs

Each personality type will present different traits in the face of good and bad days. As you more deeply understand your Myers-Briggs type, consider how your tendencies may present themselves in the context of your career.

ISFJ on a Good Day

  • Planning team activities or putting together training programs.
  • Communicating about new processes to colleagues and stakeholders.
  • Organizing and cleaning a workspace for maximum productivity.

ISFJ on a Bad Day

  • Required to multitask.
  • Feeling defeated because of missing a meeting or other scheduled event.
  • Told about an error or given some other critique.

Knowing your personality type can provide helpful insight as you apply and interview for jobs. Employers value self-awareness and are often impressed when candidates can candidly share their strengths and weaknesses. Knowing which situations you’ll thrive in and which may be challenging for you provides you with the context to confidently answer questions about what you have to offer.

Long-term career success for ISFJs has much to do with finding a structured environment that rewards hard work and respects the quality and process this personality type craves. Caustic work environments can cause an ISFJ’s passion to burn out. It’s crucial that these dedicated workers follow a balanced professional path.

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