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    Smile Infp needs some career direction in medical field while raising two small kids

    Hey friends. As you've read I am an INFp. I have started a degree in psych in my early twenties and am over halfway through it. I got sick of it because I did not like the experimental part. I liked the counselling aspect. I would like to get into the medical field , but want to pick something that is perfect for my type. I am 31 and the mother of a 10 month old son and am pregnant with my second by a couple months. If I am going to trade my time with my children...I would like to make sure whatever I chose is the right pick. I am interested in occupational therapy as well, but I would need to finish my degree first. I believe it is the same with nursing. I only want to spend the time and money if I am going to love it..Are there any occupational therapist out there? Is it worth it? I was also looking into being a Cardiology Technologist. It sounds great and I do not have to have another degree before pursuing it. They also make good money which I like. Does anyone know if this would suit INFP personality type? Did anyone pursue any of these careers while raising small children? Does anyone have any suggestions for me concerning careers in medical field that I would love and make descent money without spending a billion years in school? actually any kind suggestions would be great!

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    Welcome to the forum.

    Occupational therapist sounds interesting. I can see an INFP being happy in such a career.

    IMO, Cardiology Technologist may be a bit trickier. For you, my greatest concern is your lack of interest in the experimental portion of the psychology degree. Make sure the specific things that bothered you aren't even MORE highlighted as a cardio tech.

    Hope that helps at least a bit.

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    You would not want to be a cardiac tech. I've had multiple EKGs and echocardiograms, including one with contrast (fun!) and it looks like a very ISTP job...

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    I've known of at least one INFP who was happy in speech therapy. It's also what I'm pursuing myself.
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    Hello! So I was online looking for INFP careers when I found your post.

    I am an INFP and I would have to say from my personal experience that I did not like Nursing, I think we're too sensitive for that kinda work and it's very "real" and disenchanting when you can't REALLY help people who are suffering--not ideal. And remember you'll see some gritty stuff on a daily basis, not to mention the lack of caring on the part of some coworkers. I guess you get desensitized after time.

    I am studying Medical Laboratory Technician now, but I am not completely sure if an INFP would like that either, because it is technical and not very imaginative, I imagine, lol. MLT's work in the laboratory helping doctors diagnose diseases, without having to see the worst of it.

    I recommend you look into Ultrasound Technology (Sonography) because it is the medical field, a two year degree, it pays well, and ultrasound is non-invasive for patients. It's an exciting and emerging field!

    I believe Speech Pathologists require a Masters degree, but yeah, I took a career assessment at my junior college, and Speech Pathologist was the number one profession they paired me with and in the book "What Type Am I?" they said the same thing. Maybe it's a good idea for INFP's who have the commitment to go through the schooling

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    Quote Originally Posted by sairahola View Post
    Hello! So I was online looking for INFP careers when I found your post.

    I am an INFP and I would have to say from my personal experience that I did not like Nursing, I think we're too sensitive for that kinda work and it's very "real" and disenchanting when you can't REALLY help people who are suffering--not ideal. And remember you'll see some gritty stuff on a daily basis, not to mention the lack of caring on the part of some coworkers. I guess you get desensitized after time.

    I am studying Medical Laboratory Technician now, but I am not completely sure if an INFP would like that either, because it is technical and not very imaginative, I imagine, lol. MLT's work in the laboratory helping doctors diagnose diseases, without having to see the worst of it.

    I recommend you look into Ultrasound Technology (Sonography) because it is the medical field, a two year degree, it pays well, and ultrasound is non-invasive for patients. It's an exciting and emerging field!

    I believe Speech Pathologists require a Masters degree, but yeah, I took a career assessment at my junior college, and Speech Pathologist was the number one profession they paired me with and in the book "What Type Am I?" they said the same thing. Maybe it's a good idea for INFP's who have the commitment to go through the schooling
    Don't be a MLT! Trust me. I'm a qualified MLT, (I managed to get into research though), but I'm back in the medical labs for the time being, though neither career is particularly satisfying. You do need imagination though, it's actually damn handy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FireyPheonix View Post
    Don't be a MLT! Trust me. I'm a qualified MLT, (I managed to get into research though), but I'm back in the medical labs for the time being, though neither career is particularly satisfying. You do need imagination though, it's actually damn handy.
    Can you expand on this??? I've actually given this exact position thought as well, as seen in my recent thread a week or two about it. I am INFP, but have spent my whole career operating technical equipment. In your experience, what were the common types there, and in what kind of relative frequency? Lots of ITJ's?

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    I could see Physical therapist or Occupational therapist easily. My mother really loved going, and the atmosphere was that it was small, homey, and you were really trying to help people. I told my mother one time when it was our second to last appointment that it was too bad there weren't classes geared around this--to strengthen people's muscles and body parts that aren't used so often.

    I also agree on the ultrasound thing. I think there was a thread started around here, though I can't remember the title of it, on why it's not such a great idea to persue the Psych field. in theory, in practice it's
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott N Denver View Post
    Can you expand on this??? I've actually given this exact position thought as well, as seen in my recent thread a week or two about it. I am INFP, but have spent my whole career operating technical equipment. In your experience, what were the common types there, and in what kind of relative frequency? Lots of ITJ's?
    I will once I get sleep...although not so many N's in my humble experience, and not so many INXX's.I tend to get on more with INXX. Lots of ST's, lots of STJ's, and you would be surprised at the amount of Extroverts, but I will expand more.
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    Okay. Being a MLT, you work in a very rigid environment, where you almost have to account for every step, due to documentation and traceability. You also have time pressure, in order to get results out in a timely manner. It's a high stress environment, with a lot of rule following, and just plain pedantry. There's a lot of documentation, quality control etc. etc. Depending on how rigid management is, it can be a living hell for INFP, or pretty tolerable, but this job, at least for me, is highly dependent on the people you work with, for enjoyability. If there's is a good mix of F's and P's, the constrictions can seem less suffocating and the job can be enjoyable, but if it's a strongly STJ environment, there is a large amount of blind policy, and very little consideration for the actual situation at hand.
    When I do work in the medical labs, I choose smaller multi discipline labs, because I get extremely bored in the bigger labs, where you specialise in one discipline.
    Being multidisciplinary is not for every one, because you have to have a high capacity for multitasking, and you are constantly reprioritising the urgency of work coming in, but you have to chop and change different mindsets, which was difficult for me at first. You also need to be extremely flexible (in mind set, and with changing circumstances). This INFP is very good at her job though, because she can think fast on her feet, and I have a great strength in being to trouble shoot, and anticipate problems before they occur. I also have better management of work flow because I can visualise the whole, and I have one hell of good memory. I can keep track of multiple flows of work.
    INFP will have problems, if following procedures, policies, and quality control, is put over and above, patient considerations. My main focus is getting results out for doctors so they can treat patients.
    One of my main frustrations, is over trouble shooting, and on the spot repairs of analysers. In a very strongly STJ environment, if it's not in the operating manuals, no matter how logically you explain, even if QC is good, you have good reproducibility of results etc, etc it's not acceptable.
    Transfusion science is particularly frustrating in this regard...I have had to some times go over managers heads, to haematologist (doctors) heads of department over certain situations, where you quite literally have patients lives dependent on the decisions you make, because it's not following the manual, or policy. No matter how you nut it out logically, and believe me, I can be logical in those situations.
    One of the biggest things, I have found hard is I often get derided hard for my emotional nature. When ever I've stepped out the labs, though, people think I'm extremely cold and matter of fact...and very pragmatic.
    Personal Politics can be rife, and often you end up working very hard and very long hours. It's not an ideal job for INFP, because you need a really thick skin and you need to be able to stand up for yourself constantly, and that can be exhausting. One good thing though is you don't take your job home with you, because you can't. Once you are out of the labs your free time is your own.
    I could write a book on why this job is not good for INFP's, but I do have to say this, it's more of a near miss job for me. I have an analytical mind, and all said and done, I do get to say, I help save people's lives. The routine aspects and repetition are much easier to bare when managment values patient care over policy, but the focus is policy and procedure, it can be miserable.
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