ISFJ Careers

Based on the Myers Briggs test an ISFJ personality type is expected to thrive in specific scenarios. Taking the time to find the career that fits your personality type can help you avoid job stress and ongoing career changes. Find what you do best, examine your strengths and weaknesses and choose your ideal work environment.

What is an ISFJ Personality?

The ISFJ is a personality type established by the Myers Briggs personality test. Your four specific preference characteristics are defined when you take the test and they combine to create a personality type. In the case of the ISFJ type, I stands for introversion, S for sensing, F for feeling and J for judging. A person with this particular personality type is expected to exhibit loyalty, stability and observational strength that drives attention to detail. ISFJ types rarely seek out positions of leadership but because of their sensitive nature, they often choose protection and caregiver career options.

Career Matches

The Myers Briggs test finds that some preferences are more dominant than the other. When the personality core of introversion and sensing is strongest, it is common to find an ISFJ in the arts. Many are writers, artists, painters or designers. When the core of feeling and sensing is dominant, a care-based career is a likely choice. You will find many ISFJs as social workers and counsellors or thriving as nurses and doctors. Because the ISFJ is known as a defender, many find public-service careers are also a good fit. Police and the military are careers where you will see ISFJ personality types.

Career and Management Styles

ISFJ personality types have particular strengths and weaknesses. Knowing these can make selecting the right job environment easier. ISFJ's love one-on-one interactions that involve listening to a problem and finding ways to resolve it. They don't always work well in groups, but are better when given a case with tasks that they are sent off to resolve. Because of this, office-based careers may not be best for an ISFJ. An ISFJ prefers structure and stability. Jobs that have disorder and ever-changing rules will tend to cause them stress. As stress increases, their ability to do the job properly decreases. Highly improvisational careers such as sales and marketing jobs are not a good fit for them.

Final Considerations

No career or personality type is set in stone. The Myers Briggs personality test is used by companies, schools and job counsellors to help find the right career fit. Once you have been established as a particular type is it a good idea to examine the preferences individually to see which may be dominant for you. Visit a career centre and talk to a counsellor about what types of jobs may interest you. Find the best career path possible by taking the time to learn what suits you best.

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About the Author

Spencer Hope Davis has been covering topics such as work balance, travel and health since 2001. An alumna of Cleveland State University and Kent State University, Davis earned a bachelor's degree in sociology and a master's degree in justice studies.