Hi everyone roud:
So I just started college a few days ago, and since I like to plan ahead so much I've been thinking intensively about what I'd like to go into. At first I was adamant on going the pre-med - med school route and pursuing a career in medicine, but lately I've been doubting my choice. I've been thinking about other options, while still considering this one, but less strongly now.
Still, I really want a career that is fulfilling, and that I know will make a difference in the world. There's this major at my school called Biological Aspects of Conservation, and this inspired me to look into a career in Conservation Biology, or other related "green" jobs. I've always loved nature and animals, and basically this career path is all about saving the environment, maintaining biodiversity, saving endangered species and stuff like that :happy: I'd also love to double major or minor in a "traditional" INFJ thing like Psychology or Philosophy.
So, are any of you guys in this field, or something similar? If not, do you think that I would thrive in a career and college major like this as an INFJ? Would a typical INFJ have the necessary qualities for this kind of career?
Yes, I think so. There are several INFJ subtypes, one of which is more academic. Is that you? You would be called upon to think like a scientist more than a philosopher. As long as you have a really strong tertiary function (Ti I believe), this could work for you.
Scientists are generally not encouraged to make intuitive leaps, which is what we do best. Wanting to use your Ni in situations where it's inappropriate might become an issue, but not if you are aware of this tendency and realize when it's appropriate and helpful, and when it's not.
Our incredible scope and vision can be an outstanding strength for an ecologist. After all, ecologists have to be able to see the wide ranging impact of things.
I'll bet there is a way that your interest in ecology could be combined with something INFJ's are more traditionally suited for. Any ideas?