INFJ Majoring in Accounting. Is it a bad idea?

<p>As an INFJ most of the majority career choices for my personality type are in psychology, religion, and health care. I would love to major in clinical psychology or sports nutrition, but job security is the most important for my temperament. My plan is to is to get a 5-year undergraduate degree in accounting (from very hard work) and eventually get a CPA degree to work as an environmental accountant. I'm a generalist and would most like get other degrees too. I already read a lot of articles on INFJ personality types and INFJ is one of the least likely to have accounting as a career. I'm very independent, but I'm easygoing and able to work with a team in accounting. I love math and logic, although I have to work very hard to do well.</p>

<p>Am I a making a mistake for majoring in accounting? Would I be an outsider with my (rare) INFJ personality?</p>

<p>BTW I'm a high school senior that has to declare my major in my university applications in August.</p>


<p>I think basing your career choice off of personality tests would be like living in a radical communist state.</p>

<p>I skimmed this long article about MBTI and accounting:</p>

<p>The</a> Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and Applications to Accounting Education and Research. | Professional Services > Accounting Professionals Center from</p>

<p>The article, re-affirmed my own thought that the ideal personality trait would be STJ, with I and E not being of great importance (albeit, more accountants are Is than Es but not by a great margin).</p>

<p>So, you are fine with the I and J. You also stated that you like logic. To me this mitigates the concern of F vs T. So, the only area of possible concern is that you are intuituive rather than sensing. Accounting has a lot of rules that you must abide by. Perhaps you would really hate being restricted like that. On the other hand, it seems that there can be a lot of creative solutions to get around those rules.</p>

<p>I'm not an accountant, but it doesn't seem like this would be a huge stretch for you. You just have to make sure that you would enjoy the job despite being restricted by a framework of rules/laws. BTW, if it makes you feel better, I am pretty much the opposite personality type of you and I would not want to be an accountant.</p>

<p>STJ you say Wega? Uh oh. I'm INTJ! Looks like I'm gonna have to change my major because of what that article said...</p>

<p>Starstuck, I agree with the others that you should not choose your career based off of a personality test. On the other hand, as a certified practitioner I think there is a lot of value in testing as PART of your career analysis.</p>

<p>If you like doing accounting then go for it! (who cares what a test says) On the other hand, if you are like me when I was in school and thought "hey I think accounting sounds like great major" and then took a few classes and HATE it, then don't be afraid to switch.</p>

<p>As an ENFP I find the need to find creative ideas to serve others as one of the only motivations for me. I have INFJ friends in nutrition, graphic design, and marketing, but to be honest your test results may not even be accurate. (testing is not always reliable for many reasons)</p>

<p>Do something you love, not something for the "money and job security". It sounds great now, but you can do anything in the world, go for your dreams.</p>

<p>I'm an INTJ and going into accounting, I hope it works out well, lol.</p>

<p>You might want to check out this thread, it's for INTJ's though.
INTJ</a> Accountants? - INTJ Forum</p>