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Careers for ENFP Personality Types

By Brenda Ellis,

Whether you're a young adult trying to find your place in the world, or a not-so-young adult trying to find out if you're moving along the right path, it's important to understand yourself and the personality traits that will impact your likeliness to succeed or fail at various careers. It's equally important to understand what is really important to you. When armed with an understanding of your strengths and weaknesses, and an awareness of what you truly value, you are in an excellent position to pick a career that you will find rewarding.

The following traits are generally found in ENFPs:

  1. Project-oriented
  2. Bright and capable
  3. Warmly, genuinely interested in people; great people skills
  4. Extremely intuitive and perceptive about people
  5. Able to relate to people on their own level
  6. Service-oriented
  7. Likely to put the needs of others before their own
  8. Future-oriented
  9. Dislike performing routine tasks
  10. Need approval and appreciation from others
  11. Cooperative and friendly
  12. Creative and energetic
  13. Well-developed verbal and written communication skills
  14. Natural leaders, but do not like to control people
  15. Resist being controlled by others
  16. Can work logically and use their intuition to understand the goal and work backwards towards it
  17. Usually able to grasp difficult concepts and theories

ENFPs are lucky in that they're good a quite a lot of different things. An ENFP can generally achieve a good degree of success at anything that has interested them. However, ENFPs get bored rather easily and are not naturally good at following things through to completion. Accordingly, they should avoid jobs that require performing a lot of detailed, routine-oriented tasks. They will do best in professions that allow them to creatively generate new ideas and deal closely with people. They will not be happy in positions that are confining and regimented.

The following list of professions is built on our impression of careers that would be especially suitable for an ENFP. It is meant to be a starting place, rather than an exhaustive list. There are no guarantees that any or all of the careers listed here would be appropriate for you, or that your best career match is among those listed.


Possible Careers Paths for ENFP

Writer / Journalist
Television Reporter
Computer Programmer / Systems Analyst