ISFP at work

ISFPs are kind, considerate and caring people and they enjoy roles that allow them to express this by practically helping others. Given a choice, they rather do something hands-on and allows them to move around rather than sit in the office using the computer.

ISFPs also prefer to work in the background quietly rather than be in a role where they have to be constantly in the spotlight to speak or entertain. They prefer to cooperate and collaborate in a team setting to achieve a common goal, rather than to compete with each other.

They tend to be unplanned and spontaneous. Unless they have had much training, ISFPs don't like jobs that require them to schedule, plan and organise. Such roles stress them out and cause them to be frustrated.

ISFP Careers Suggestions

Before you get to the top career suggestions, it must be stressed that all personality types exist in all occupations.

Due to other factors involved such as interests, geography, salary and working hours, most individuals do not end up in occupations that ideally fit their personality.

However, if you are in a job or career that is not suitable for personalities of your type:

  • You may have trouble communicating or agreeing with your co-workers.
  • You may find communication issues arising in your work.
  • What you deem to be important in a job may not be in sync with your colleagues; hence, the use of your personalities’ strengths during your work MAY NOT lead to promotion or reward.
  • Because you do not feel your work is valued, you may experience stress, dissatisfaction, burnout and lack of productivity.

HEALTHCARE

ISFPs with their heart of compassion and desire to serve others will shine through in the field of healthcare.

Their keen observations and their ability to listen to the needs of the patient will aid them greatly in discharging their duties. Also, their flexible nature allows them to react to any unforeseen circumstances easily.

  • Nurse
  • Physical therapist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Medical assistant
  • Nutritionist
  • Optician
  • Surgeon

SCIENCES

ISFPs will also prefer work that deals with facts and details instead of concepts and theories. If given a choice, they would rather work outdoors than in an office environment. Some of the jobs in technology and science that will appeal to them are as follows:

  • Forester
  • Botanist
  • Geologist
  • Archaeologist
  • Soil conservationist
  • Systems analyst

SPECIALIZED CRAFTS

ISFPs are great with the use of their hands and are very suited for careers in specialized crafts. If cultivated, they are usually skilled in some craft involving the use of their bodies. Some of the careers that would attract them are as follows:

  • Landscaper
  • Painter
  • Dancer
  • Artist
  • Tailor
  • Mechanic

SPECIALIZED CRAFTS

ISFPs sensitivity to people’s needs will make them suitable for the sales or service industry. Their observation skills and willingness to serve others will ensure that their customer’s needs are met to the best of their abilities.

  • Teacher (Primary and Secondary)
  • Sales Representative (Tangible goods)
  • Waiter/Waitress
  • Air Steward/Stewardess
  • Travel Agent

Ideal ISFP Career Environments

Even though you’re in the right job, it is the culture of the organisation that will ultimately determine your job satisfaction.

There are work environments that will support your professional development, and there are those that stress you out.

When you are applying or considering a new job, consider looking for organisations that are known to have:

JOB SECURITY

ISFPs enjoy being part of organisations that give them long-term job security. This includes being part of a stable, well-established company, one that values its employees’ loyalty to them.

Look out for organisations that reward their employees for long service and also if possible, find out about the staff turnover rate.

VALUE SKILLS AND CRAFT

ISFPs enjoy organisations that value their skills and craft. These are organisations that hire employees to work with their hands, and they have hence rewarded accordingly to the level of skill.

Jobs that require field work, or technical skills like carpentry or repair work would be suitable for the ISFP but take note of and choose organisations that value and recognize your skill on of the job.

SERVICE ORIENTED

ISFPs like to work in service-oriented environments, where their colleagues and peers are all watching out for each other and serving each other with a good attitude.

They also enjoy making personal friends at work. Such an environment motivates and enhances their productivity at work. Usually, it is the teaching industry or the social service sectors that will have such work cultures; consider searching there if this is important for you.