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The best jobs for ISFJ personality types
Last updated: July 1, 2022
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Are you caring, organized, and dependable? If the answer is yes, you could be an ISFJ.

The Myers-Briggs type indicator (MBTI) test groups people into 16 different personality types.

13.8% of people are ISFJs, and they often work in healthcare settings.

But what does this all mean? What's an ISFJ, and what are they like at work?

In the following guide, we'll answer these questions. And we'll give you a list of the best careers for ISFJ personality types, as well as which ones ISFJs should avoid.


Not sure if you're an ISFJ?

Follow these 2 steps to find the best job for your personality type:

  1. Find out your personality type for free on 16Personalities: take the free Personality Test

  2. Return to jobcase.com to visit our resource center and find the best jobs for your personality - it’s a great way to kick off the job search and discover the best match for your personality type!


If you are you an ISFJ, read on to find out what career would be best for you.

What is an ISFJ?

The 16 Myers-Briggs personality types are based on a combination of personality characteristics.

Each personality has a mix of the following:

  • Introversion (I) or extraversion (E)

  • Sensing (S) or intuition (N)

  • Thinking (T) or feeling (F)

  • Judging (J) or perceiving (P)

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ISFJ stands for Introversion, Sensing, Feeling, and Judging. You may also hear it called ‘The Defender’ personality.

ISFJs enjoy social interactions, but they’re also introverted and prefer a close circle of friends. When they aren't focusing on the needs of others, they appreciate having time to themselves.

They're generous and practical, and they like to follow the rules. ISFJs prefer to stick to a routine, and they like to plan out their time.

Famous ISFJs include Mother Teresa, Kate Middleton, and Beyonce.

What are ISFJs like at work?

ISFJs are detail-oriented and can be perfectionists in the workplace. Their personality traits suit roles that are structured with opportunities to help others.

An ISFJ may be an introvert, but they usually have strong social skills. They’re excellent communicators and excel one-on-one or in small groups.

As The Defender, the ISFJ will protect others. They're not afraid of hard work, but they're quiet achievers and often don't get the credit they deserve.

They don't need to be the star of the show, and even without recognition, the ISFJ will always go above and beyond.

ISFJs have difficulty saying no, and some people may take advantage of their generosity.

Most people with the ISFJ personality type feel comfortable in a repetitive work environment.

What are the best jobs for ISFJs?

Let's take a look at some of the best ISFJ careers:

1. Administrative assistant

Administrative assistants work in the offices of businesses of all sizes. They answer phones, open mail, and schedule meetings. Some administrative assistants also work as bookkeepers.

​Office work is a good career choice for ISFJs because they're reliable and pay close attention to detail. They don't mind the repetition of filing, word processing, and invoicing.

ISFJs work well in a team, and they like to make sure everyone is happy. They care about customers and colleagues and appreciate the stability of a nine-to-five job.

You can browse administrative assistant positions on Jobcase’s job board.

If this position sounds appealing to you, you may also enjoy working as a personal assistant, office manager, or human resources specialist.

2. Paralegal

Paralegals assist lawyers. They prepare documents, sit with witnesses, and help the legal team during trials.

While some ISFJs may not enjoy working as lawyers, they'll likely embrace paralegal and legal assistant roles.

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They’ll feel comfortable preparing documents and the structured nature of the law. Organizing files and supporting other members of the team will likely come naturally to the ISFJ.

Because they're compassionate, ISFJs will prefer to work with clients who they can empathize with.

You can browse paralegal positions on our job board.

3. Social worker

Social workers help clients deal with difficulties they are facing. They often work in crisis and emergency situations.

ISFJs are well-suited to healthcare roles. As social workers, they'll feel fulfilled as they make a difference in the lives of others.

Social workers can be there for those facing mental health issues, poverty, and abuse. As The Defender, an ISFJ will support their clients in a calm and caring way.

They're approachable and kind, and clients will likely feel at ease sharing their personal stories with an ISFJ.

Plus, they're organized and will try to follow the correct procedures.

You can browse social worker positions on our job board.

4. Nurse practitioner

Nurse practitioners offer patient care. They work with other health care professionals to diagnose and treat patients.

Nursing is one of the top ISFJ career matches. Because ISFJs are both responsible and compassionate, they're well-suited to nurse practitioner positions.

ISFJs will work hard, and they'll try to give their patients the best advice and care. They enjoy helping others, and their communication and listening skills are a good match for this role.

As an ISFJ, you may also be interested in working as a licensed practical nurse (LPN), midwife, registered nurse (RN), or nurse anesthetist.

You can browse nurse practitioner positions on our job board.

5. Childcare worker

Childcare workers supervise and care for children. They often work in childcare centers with babies, toddlers, and preschoolers.

ISFJs are protective, caring, and trustworthy. These personality traits are essential for childcare workers.

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ISFJs will enjoy working with children and helping them learn. Their patience, organization, and attention to detail will be an asset to any childcare center.

They’ll likely be well-liked by their colleagues, and they’ll make sure the work environment is safe.

You can browse childcare worker positions on our job board. You may also like to work as a nanny.

What jobs should ISFJs avoid?

Not all career options are a good fit for ISFJ personality types. As introverts, most ISFJs will grow tired of sales and marketing positions. And technical and science roles may leave them feeling unfulfilled.

Here are a few jobs most ISFJs should avoid:

  • Mechanic

  • Sales representative

  • Economist

  • Banker

  • Marketer

  • Chemist

  • Photographer

  • Journalist

Getting a job as an ISFJ

If you're caring, hard-working, and introverted, you may be an ISFJ personality type. ​In this guide, we told you what an ISFJ is, and what they're like at work.

To help you find the right job for your personality, we gave you a list of top ISFJ career options.

Our list included administrative assistants, paralegals, social workers, nursing practitioners, and childcare workers.

Finally, we shared some of the careers that most ISFJs should avoid.

Ready to start your job search? Check out Jobcase’s job board. And don't forget, we have a resource center packed with interview tips and advice for job seekers.

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