About 6 percent of the population has the ISFJ personality orientation. Determined by the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator test, people that are identified as ISFJs have four key personality traits -- they are introverts that look at the world through sensing, feeling and judging. ISFJs are typically very good with people and pay close attention to them, making careers with close personal contact a good match. At the same time, they are also hard-working and conscientious.
One of America's faster-growing occupations, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the country will need 25 percent more social workers in 2020 than in 2010. Social workers enjoy a median 2010 base pay of $42,480, and many positions in the field only require an undergraduate degree. Social work is a natural fit for ISFJ personalities because it requires a great deal of one-on-one or small group work.
Paralegals work closely with attorneys as well as, in some cases, having contact with clients for tasks such as research. At the same time, the position is demanding, taking advantage of the conscientiousness that accompanies the ISFJ personality type. Demand for the position is growing at 18 percent, which is around the projected average for 2010 to 2020, and median-earning paralegals made $46,680 per year in 2010.
Kindergarten and Elementary School Teachers
With a bachelor's degree and a teaching certificate, INTJs can work closely with small groups of children in a teaching position. Demand for teachers is projected to grow at a similar pace to the labor force as a whole -- 17 percent between 2010 and 2020. Teachers also enjoy competitive median compensation levels of $51,380, and, in most cases, enjoy not having to work during the summer.
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses
Nursing is an excellent match for the ISFJ's good judgment, solid work ethic and feeling nature. LPNs and LVNs can enter the field with specialized post-secondary training but without getting an associate degree. They can make an average of $40,380 per year, based on the 2010 median pay level and should experience good job security due to their position being in demand. The BLS projects that demand for LVNs and LPNs will grow by 22 percent from 2010 to 2020.
- Wayne State College: Career Planning: Personality & Careers: ISFJ
- BLS Occupational Outlook Handbook: Social Workers
- BLS Occupational Outlook Handbook: Paralegals and Legal Assistants
- BLS Occupational Outlook Handbook: Kindergarten and Elementary School Teachers
- BLS Occupational Outlook Handbook: Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses
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