The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator is a personality test given to people that measures four criteria: how someone focuses their energy, how they make decisions, how they perceive or take in information, and how they orient themselves to the outside world. Once these are measured, a person’s psychological type is assessed, and they are designated either extroverted or introverted, sensing or intuitive, thinking or feeling, judging or perceptive. Based on what types they are, a clearer picture is painted of that person’s behavioral tendencies, skills, attitudes, and strengths, not only in life, but in the professional world.
It’s the professional world we are discussing today, and how it relates to a specific psychological type: the ISFP (intuitive, sensing, feeling, perceptive). If you happen to be one of the 6% of the population who’s an ISFP and are wondering what jobs might suit your personality, then look no further. To learn more about the different personality types out there, this article on understanding personality types, and this course on the psychology of personality will give you a better understanding.
Get to Work, ISFPs!
Like all of the other personality types described by the those given the Myers-Briggs, people with the ISFP designation have very specific skills and desires, making certain career options more likely to appeal to them than others. ISFPs might prefer careers in the arts, teaching, computing, accounting, nursing, or other vocations that appeal to their sensibilities. If you’re an ISFP and you want to change careers, but are afraid of such a large undertaking, this course on redesigning your career will give you the confidence to change what’s not working in your professional life.
Below are some of the major defining traits of ISFPs and the careers that might best suit that specific characteristic.
ISFPs need to do work that matters, and empathy is a big part of their personality.
They care about others, and they thrive when they feel that their work makes a difference in the world as well as in their community. Monetary gain is not a large motivation for these folks, preferring to know that they’ve done genuine good, and have actually helped people. Following in line with this, the ISFP also tends to have a strong bond with children and animals, so they may want to focus on the following types of careers.
- social worker
- counselor (child welfare, alcohol and drug)
- therapist (occupational, art, recreational)
- veterinarian/vet’s assistant
- police officer
- customer service representative
- animal groomer/trainer
- medical or dental assistant
- personal fitness trainer
- speech-language pathologist
- emergency room physician
- hospice worker
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They are creative and sensitive, with a preference for a career that doesn’t have a strict regiment or routine.
ISFPs like to live in the moment, and tend to prefer a slower pace. Careers that rely on visuals and that allow them to express themselves, whether it is with food, paint, or fabric, are preferable to jobs that deal in facts and figures.
- museum curator
- interior designer
- fashion designer
- tapestry worker
- sketch artist
- musical instrument maker
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An independent and autonomous ISFP is a happy ISFP.
They usually have neither a desire to lead or control, nor do they desire to be lead or controlled. Though they have no problem working within a group dynamic, and welcome the input of others, these people are self motivated, and prefer as little interference with their job as possible. Also, those professions that require hands-on experience appeal to these folks, not only for the training process, but also on the job.
- video game designer
- computer operator
- TV camera operator
Jobs that are spontaneous and extraordinary are much more preferable to the ISFP than those with the same routine.
They like not knowing what to expect, and thrive in this exciting environment. Jobs that are always presenting new and difficult challenges to them are ones they excel in. Not only do many of these jobs offer excitement, many of them also offer to the ISFP the independence and hands-on experience that they crave.
- sales (home health care, sports equipment, travel)
- crisis hotline operator
- wilderness adventure leader
- locomotive engineer
- insurance fraud investigator
- fish and game warden
They like short-term planning, and are good at it.
Jobs that require an ISFP to plan in the short-range, as well as having a well-developed sense of responsibility, will appeal to this type. Many of these jobs not only offer the ISFP the short-term planning they excel at, but also include other desirable characteristics, such as independence, spontaneity, and importance.
- legal secretary
- clerical supervisor
- merchandise planner
- systems analyst
- aviation inspector
If you yourself are an ISFP, and were looking for some guidance for a direction to take your professional life into, hopefully we were able to help out, and point you into the right direction. Deciding on a career is the epitome of life-changing, and is one of the biggest decisions you will make in your life, so don’t take this responsibility lightly. If you want to delve deeper into your personality in order to find true happiness, this course on personal insight offers you a practical guide to your personality, emotions, intelligence, memory, and thinking.