I find that INFPs often choose Te type environments to work in - highly structured and corporate environments. And yes, for some reason, I have spoken with (consulted with) two INFP women who were working in accounting. Another was working as a tax lawyer.
What I think I’ve learned regarding INFP and professions is that they like very stable jobs where there is a lot of order provided by someone else and they come in and sort of plug in to their specific and well-defined task. I see that INFPs I’ve spoken with prefer a lot of clear instructions on their job. They do not like ambiguity. And then they can happily hum away within those tightly defined constraints.
I think INFPs are loathe to take initiative in their work. They like to be told what to do and also how to do it.
I also notice that INFPs tend to not view their job/career as their primary thing in life (especially female INFPs who I am vastly more familiar with). The INFP wants a stable job where they can use some of their imaginal qualities within.
Take into account that the INFPs I have consulted with are consulting with me largely because they feel unfulfilled in their jobs/careers, so accounting is pretty much a matter of Te and Si, the INFP’s inferior and tertiary functions respectively. These INFPs get bored with all the routine of the job of accounting, but, they also find a strange comfort in the straightforwardness of the job. I think it is for this reason that an INFP might find math comforting. If you follow the correct procedure of calculating, you’ll always get the right answer. And in INFP land this can be a wonderful comfort to their normally Alice in Wonderland like life.
But, ultimately, they aren’t feeling that INFP spark of wonder in these safe and precise professions.
Ne needs wonder and little shifts of perspective on a continual basis. It’s like when you lie upside down on your bed or couch and see the world upside down. All the things that you normally see are transformed. You really SEE the world in that moment. I think INFPs are trying to get back to that childlike state of seeing everything for the first time.
But, there is the pull to Si (and Te too apparently) in many INFPs and the Fi-Si loop is arguably one of the most narrow-minded tunnel-vision type loops there is. Which is why I think many of the INFPs I have spoken with have chosen these relatively safe paths in their life and wonder why they are bored and unengaged.
The key for INFP is Ne activation. This would be occurring in an Fi context.
Let careers be suggested on that basis. Imagine Ne operating in an Fi context. Not Ne by itself.
It’s very imaginative and childlike. I think Mr. Rogers show of the 1970’s. Mr. Rogers was a relatively conservative guy at work ( I don’t know what he did), but he would start the show by coming in from the workaday world and talking to his children viewers as he looked into the camera. He would take off his formal work clothes and kick off his shoes etc. And then off to the land of make believe.
I think INFPs are very childlike, like and resonate the most with little children (not adults), and like to live in a world of make believe.
So, careers working with children in any capacity are suggested. I know two INFPs (one female, one male) that work with autistic children. One thing they report disliking is too much standardized treatment of these children where they are expected to go through a script of sorts on how to deal with these children. I think they find when they are just their normal INFP selves with them (Fi and Ne) this goes most of the way towards reaching or helping these children.
Um, airline pilot? Did someone say airline pilot? That would be one of the last careers that I would recommend to an INFP. That’s the ISTP profession par excellence.