Best careers for ISFPsISFP Careers

ISFPs differ from other of the 16 personality types. They have their own unique strengths. For example, they are creative, eccentric and artistic.

Each of these strengths are likely to make them better suited to specific careers. In this article, we will explore what sort of careers an ISFP may excel in. Enjoy!

Overview of the ISFP (The Creator)

Quirky, eccentric, and brimming with creativity, ISFPs naturally turn their observances into art. They are ever-forgiving, and willingly give people the benefit of the doubt. ISFPs are typically flexible, quiet, unassuming and often show a natural artistic talent. Due to ISFPs quietness, they may be hard to get to know to begin with. However, to those they are comfortable with, ISFPs are warm, friendly and eager to share their life experiences.

The ISFP personality is one of the “16 personality types” that we see in several different models based on the work of Carl Jung.  These models include the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and Keirsey Temperament Sorter, among others. It represents an individual who is Introverted (I), Sensing (S), Feeling (F) and Perceiving (P). This indicates that they are a person who is energized by spending time alone, who focus on facts and details rather than ideas and concepts, who makes decisions based on emotions and values, and who prefers to be spontaneous and flexible as opposed to planned and organized.

The ISFP is often referred to as the “Creator” or “Composer” because of their penchant for bringing new ideas onto the table. ISFPs are typically kind, image-conscious, forgiving, and energetic around close friends. They want to turn their observations into art and inspire other creators in their community.

Career Considerations

Many of an ISFP’s strengths lie their ability to observe and bring new ideas to the table. However, they truly stand out a work because they bring key characteristics such as:

  • Calmness. ISFPs appear to have a soothing, calm and patient exterior.
  • Creativity. ISFPs are very creative and will often seek opportunities to express their creativity.
  • Emotional sensitivity. ISFPs are good at reading people emotions and identifying the emotions present in a situation.
  • Mediator. Due to their calmness and ability to give people the benefit of the doubt, ISFPs are good at repairing tension between colleagues.
  • Adaptability. Because they are understanding, sensitive to others and attentive, they integrate well into different groups.
  • ISFPs also have a happy-go-lucky attitude to life and can see the joy in even the most mundane tasks.

Best Careers for ISFPs

It is important that ISFPs feel personally engage with their work. As they are fiercely creative, they are likely to feel engaged and therefore excel in careers that allow them to show this passion. Careers in music, fashion or interior design may suit and ISFPs nature.

ISFPs, like other artisans, are highly impulsive. They want to be able to observe the results from their effort and therefore are likely to thrive in careers where they can visibly see the end product. Such careers include as an artist or hairdresser.

An ISFPs quiet, forgiving and understanding nature means that they often form remarkable bonds with young children. Similarly, their calming nature and desire to express themselves through actions means that ISFPs also often form close bonds with animals. Based on this, they may excel as teachers (of young children), daycare worker or veterinarians.

Worst Careers for ISFPs

ISFPs often have imposters syndrome. Because of this, they like to keep a low profile. ISFPs may ant to avoid careers where they are the face of the company, where they have to publicly speak or where they have to lead large groups of people.

ISFPs also prefer to work alone. If they have to work in teams, they want their colleagues to be flexible, supportive and loyal. Therefore, working in a competitive sales environment or being a manager might frustrate an independent ISFP.

Any carer that focuses on long-term goals or requires extended periods of concentration may frustrate ISFPs. For example, psychologists or counselors, who must make long-term treatment plans. they may struggle as a surgeon, who will have to concentrate for long periods of time – not suitable for spontaneous and impulsive ISFPs. Similarly, careers in data entry, software engineering, coding, statistics, medicine or pharmacology may all frustrate ISFPs.

Impact of the Identity Modifier on Career & Work life

As with all of the 16 personality types, ISFP’s will sit somewhere along the identity scale, which ranges from assertive to turbulent. This scale indicates how confident a person is in their own abilities and decisions and it triggers the way in which each type reacts to things.

ISFP-A and ISFP-T will express their shared features in different ways. Let’s take a look!


Like most assertive types, ISFP-As tend to have more confidence than other ISFPs. Due to this, they are a little more adventurous and may prefer careers that promote adventure and fun.

Assertive ISFPs are less concerned with the opinion of others. Although this is a positive in many cases, it can sometimes mean that ISFP-As are not as able to collaborate as turbulent ISFPs.


Like many types who score more towards the turbulent end of the scale, ISFP-Ts tend to be sensitive to stress and can often feel overwhelmed. However, this allows them to spot and solve little problems before they become big problems!

Unlike ISFP-As, they are quite sensitive to the opinions of others. This sensitivity is not a negative, as it often means that ISFP-Ts actually work really well with others and have the ability to collaborate.

Best ISFP Career Matches:

Career Guide Category
Animal Behaviorist Science & Tech
Artist Arts & Humanities
Childcare Human Services
Daycare Worker Human Services
Fashion Designer Arts & Humanities
Hairdresser Human Services
Interior Designer Arts & Humanities
Interpreter Human Services
Kindergarten Teacher Education
Nanny Human Services
Preschool Teacher Education
Veterinarian Science & Tech

Type:  [Introverted – Sensing – Feeling – Perceiving]

Keirsey temperament group:  Artisans (SP)

ISFP Jungian cognitive functions stack:

  1. Introverted Feeling (Fi)
  2. Extraverted Sensing (Se)
  3. Introverted Intuition (Ni)
  4. Extraverted Thinking (Te)