ISFJs, above all, desire to serve others. They are industrious caretakers, loyal to traditions and organizations. They are warm, kindhearted individuals, who bring an aura of quiet warmth, caring, and dependability to all that they do. They are hard-working and conscientious individuals prone to be quiet and serious. ISFJs are conventional and grounded, and enjoy contributing to established structures of society. They are steady and committed workers with a deep sense of responsibility to others.

ISFJs tend to choose careers in which they can use their exceptional people-observation skills to determine what people want or need and then use their exceptional organizational abilities to create a structured plan to fulfill the need.The ISFJ is motivated by the desire to help others in a practical, organized way. ISFJs are driven by their core of personal values, which often include upholding tradition, taking care of others, and working hard.Their excellent sense of space and function combined with their awareness of aesthetic quality also gives them special abilities in practical artistic endeavors, such as interior and fashion design.

ISFJs make up 13.8 percent of the U.S. population.


  • Most Value: Consideration

  • Appear to Others as: Cooperative, committed, understanding

  • Strengths: Practical, hardworking, supportive, true to their word

  • Areas for Growth: Resistant to change, too altruistic, take things personally, overload themselves


Other Characteristics:

  • Quiet

  • Reflective

  • Practical

  • Action-Oriented

  • Empathetic

  • Cooperative

  • Loyal

  • Decisive

  • Sticks to Plans

  • Rigid


Common Careers:

Community and Social Service

  • Probation Officer or Correctional Treatment Specialist

  • Social or Human Service Assistant

  • Social Worker

Life, Physical and Social Science

  • Agricultural or Food Science Technician

  • Agricultural or Food Scientist

  • Biological Technician

  • Environmental Science and Protection Technician

  • Environmental Scientist or Specialist

  • Forensic Science Technician

  • Forest or Conservation Technician

Farming, Fishing, Forestry

  • Forest or Conservation Worker


  • Athletic Trainers or Exercise Physiologist

  • Dental Assistant

  • Dental Hygienist

  • Dentist

  • Diagnostic Medical Sonographer or Cardiovascular Technologist or Technician

  • Dispensing Optician

  • Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse

  • Medical Assistant

  • Medical or Clinical Laboratory Technologist or Technician

  • Medical or Health Services Manager

  • Medical Records or Health Information Technician

  • Medical Transcriptionist

  • Nuclear Medicine Technologist

  • Nursing Assistant or Orderly

  • Occupational Health and Safety Specialist

  • Occupational Health and Safety Technician

  • Optometrist

  • Orthotist or Prosthetist

  • Personal Care Aide

  • Pharmacist

  • Pharmacy Technician or Aide

  • Phlebotomist

  • Physician Assistant

  • Physician or Surgeon

  • Podiatrist

  • Psychiatric Technician or Aide

  • Radiation Therapist

  • Radiologic or MRI Technologists

  • Registered Nurse

  • Surgical Technologist

  • Veterinary Assistant or Laboratory Animal Caretaker

Education, Training, and Library

  • Career and Technical Education Teachers

  • Elementary, Middle, or High School Principal

  • Instructional Coordinator

  • Librarian

  • Library Technician or Assistant

  • Postsecondary Education Administrator

  • Preschool or Childcare Center Director

  • Teacher Assistant


  • Baker

  • Dental or Ophthalmic Laboratory Technician or Medical Appliance Technician

  • Quality Control Inspector

  • Woodworker


  • Insurance Sales Agent

Office and Administrative Support

  • Bookkeeping, Accounting, or Auditing Clerk

  • Customer Service Representative

  • Financial Clerk

  • General Office Clerk

  • Information Clerk

  • Material Recording Clerk

  • Postal Service Worker

  • Receptionist

  • Secretary or Administrative Assistant

  • Teller

Installation, Maintenance, and Repair

  • Automotive Service Technician or Mechanic

  • Heating, Air Conditioning, or Refrigeration Mechanic or Installer

  • Medical Equipment Repairer


  • Lodging Manager

  • Property, Real Estate, or Community Association Manager 


  • Court Reporter

  • Paralegal or Legal Assistant





Business and Financial

  • Compensation, Benefits, or Job Analysis Specialist

  • Human Resources Specialist

  • Loan Officer

  • Meeting or Convention Planner

  • Personal Financial Advisor

  • Purchasing Manager, Buyer, or Purchasing Agent

  • Real Estate Appraiser or Assessor

  • Tax Examiner or Collector or Revenue Agent

  • Actuary

Architecture and Engineering

  • Biomedical Engineer

  • Electrical or Electronic Engineering Technician

  • Environmental Engineer

  • Health and Safety Engineer

Transportation and Material Moving

  • Bus Driver

  • Flight Attendant

  • Taxi Driver or Chauffeur

Construction and Extraction

  • Carpenter

  • Construction or Building Inspector

  • Electrician

  • Painter

  • Plumber, Pipefitter, or Steamfitter

Protective Service 

  • Correctional Officer

  • Firefighter

  • Police Officer or Detective

  • Security Guard or Gaming Surveillance Officer

Personal Care and Service

  • Child Care Worker

  • Funeral Service Occupations

  • Manicurist or Pedicurist


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