1. Real Estate Appraiser
Real estate appraisers evaluate buildings and land to decide how much they are worth. They inspect properties and make comparisons to other properties to ensure a fair market price.
INFPs are well-suited for this job because appraisers must be unbiased. This means that integrity is a crucial trait for this line of work. Given that INFPs tend to be independent-minded, they may also appreciate that almost 25% of real estate appraisers are self-employed. In order to be an appraiser, individuals must pass an examination to earn a state license or certification.
2. Insurance Appraiser
Insurance appraisers estimate the cost of auto repairs for insurance claim purposes. They often prepare necessary paperwork and provide recommendations to individuals involved in an accident. Appraisers must be familiar with the cost of specific repairs and work with mechanics to make accurate estimates.
Because insurance appraisers must have integrity in order to determine honest estimates, INFPs make strong insurance appraiser candidates. Appraisers often conduct their valuations independently, another positive for INFPs. Before starting work, appraisers must have passed a licensing exam and have on-the-job training.
3. Purchasing Agent
Purchasing agents help choose suppliers and merchandise by assessing price, quality, and availability. They buy products for a company to resell at a higher price.
Integrity is required for this position because purchases must be conducted in accordance with laws and regulations. While INFPs may find it difficult to coordinate with several different vendors at a time, they will enjoy the freedom to manage projects independently. Depending on the size of the establishment, purchasing agents usually have a bachelor’s degree and work experience in procurement.
4. Sustainability Specialist
Sustainability specialists develop plans for sustainability projects. They create financial documents and advise a team on business and operational matters.
This job requires some time on the phone and teamwork, but INFPs will enjoy that they are not regularly interacting with angry customers. Most of the work is individual or in small groups, without many strict deadlines. Most sustainability specialists must have a bachelor’s degree or higher and several years of relevant experience before starting work.
1. Massage Therapist
Massage therapists use pressure and touch to relax muscles, relieve pain, and heal clients. Nearly half of massage therapists, 46%, are self-employed, allowing them to set appointments on their own schedule and maintain a relatively stress-free practice. Massage therapists must always act with integrity in order to earn and maintain the trust of their clients. These characteristics make the job appealing for INFPs. Massage therapists are trained at a vocational schools after earning a high school diploma. The type of certification required varies by state.
Cytotechnologists study cells on a microscopic level to identify diseases and viruses. They collect and analyze data using physical equipment and software. They present their findings in reports or specific documentation for medical providers.
INFPs interested in pathology make good cytotechnologists because the job often requires independent microscopic work. All cytotechnologists must have at least a bachelor’s degree in medical technology or cytotechnology. Before entering the workforce they must also receive national certification.
Audiologists treat hearing disorders and educate patients about hearing-loss prevention. They work in pediatrics, geriatrics, or with deaf or hard of hearing individuals. Audiologists can also diagnose balance issues.
Compassionate INFPs will find working as an audiologist rewarding. INFPs will also find it natural to work with integrity and in the best interest of their patients. Most audiologists enter the workforce with a bachelor’s degree and a few years of experience and then go on to earn a master’s degree.
4. Medical Transcriptionist
Medical transcriptionists convert healthcare voice recordings into written reports. They interpret medical terminology and manage important private health records. This career is good for independent-minded INFPs because the job involves working alone with audio recordings and documents prepared by speech recognition technology.
INFPs must also keep a close eye out for errors or inconsistencies in their materials, and must act with integrity to fix these issues. Medical transcriptionists are required to hold a high school diploma, be familiar with medical terminology, and have experience in the field. Some vocational schools offer more education and one-year certification programs.
1. Museum Technician and Conservator
Museum technicians and conservators preserve and prepare objects in museum storage. These technicians must be able to carefully handle priceless artifacts and identify the specific needs of each item. Some conservators spend time documenting artifacts to arrange them for exhibition.
Museums depend on these employees to manage items with integrity. Thus, being a museum technician or conservator is a great option for an INFP. The ability to work independently also makes INFPs excellent candidates for this career. Most conservators hold a bachelor’s or master’s degree in English, history, visual arts, or another related subject.
Sociologists study groups of people and the culture of organizations. Depending on their interest, sociologists can focus on social services, education, public policy, or another emphasis. Their main day-to-day tasks include designing research projects, collecting data, and preparing reports.
INFPs are well-suited for a career requiring research and independent work projects. Sociologists must also act with integrity to collect reliable data and analyze their findings. Almost all careers in sociology require a master’s degree or Ph.D.
Museum curators purchase collections, manage exhibits, organize events, and develop new ways to interpret and display artifacts. It is common for curators to interact with colleagues to share ideas and collections. This career can also involve researching new artifacts and current events.
INFPs with a passion for art or history will find their natural skills are well aligned with those required of a curator. In smaller museums, curators may work independently as the only paid employee. All entry-level curators must hold a bachelor’s degree. Senior curator roles often require years of experience in addition to postgraduate degrees in art administration or exhibition management.
4. Health Educator
Health educators are wellness promoters who are passionate about sharing health information with others. Health educators gather information to help improve the health of individuals and communities. They may also collect and analyze data about the populations they serve and the efficacy of wellness programs.
This role gives INFPs the opportunity to interact with people in need on an individual level while still accomplishing the majority of their work independently. Most health educators are required to hold a bachelor’s degree and the Certified Health Education Specialist credential. Certification requirements vary by state and specific job title.
1. Social Science Research Assistant
Social science research assistants gain experience in the field by supporting projects led by social scientists. Assistants compile, draft, and edit documents to prepare them for publication.
Independent INFPs flourish in academic environments. As assistants, INFPs will work with a social scientist, but they will also enjoy working in a small, cooperative setting rather than a competitive one. Research assistants can begin as students working toward a social science degree or can be undergraduates hoping to gain more experience in the field.
2. Medical Scientist
Medical scientists conduct research related to human diseases to help prevent and promote human health. Medical research scientists can include doctors, dentists, pathologists, public health specialists, and more.
Research allows healthcare-oriented INFPs the opportunity to work independently on complex issues. Integrity is crucial in this role because the research being conducted can have significant real-world implications. Medical scientists often hold a master’s degree or Ph.D. and are continually furthering their education through research pursuits.
3. Bioinformatics Scientist
A bioinformatics scientist integrates biological concepts with computer science and information technology. These scientists study genomic sequencing data and manage web-based tools. Collaboration with other biologists and engineers is often required, but INFPs will appreciate that person-to-person interactions occur in an intimate circle of colleagues.
Bioinformatics scientists typically work on independent projects in classrooms or laboratories. Most bioinformatics scientists hold a degree in computer science or biology at a bachelor’s or master’s degree level.
4. Geographic Information Systems Technicians
GIS technicians maintain databases and use GIS software to analyze geospatial data. These scientists have a strong background in computer science and programming. They use software to create maps and graphs and present data in an accessible way. GIS technicians must have the analytical skills needed to develop statistical models and interpret findings.
INFPs make good GIS technicians because most work is done independently. Due to the importance of maintaining accurate data, GIS technicians must also possess integrity and not be tempted to cut corners. GIS technicians generally hold a bachelor’s degree in geography, cartography, or surveying.
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