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Careers for ESFP 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 ESFPs:

  1. Genuinely and warmly interested in people
  2. Value people's feelings
  3. Live in the present moment
  4. Are stimulated and excited by new experiences
  5. Practical and realistic
  6. Warmly interested in people
  7. Know how to have a good time, and how to make things fun for others
  8. Independent and resourceful
  9. Spontaneous - seldom plan ahead
  10. Hate structure and routine
  11. Dislike theory and long written explanations
  12. Feel special bond with children and animals
  13. Strongly developed aesthetic appreciation for things
  14. Great people skills

ESFPs are good at many things, but will not be happy unless they have a lot of contact with people, and a lot of new experiences. They should choose careers that provide them with the opportunity to use their great people skills and practical perspective, that will also provide them with enough new challenges that they will not become bored.

The following list of professions is built on our impression of careers that would be especially suitable for an ESFP. 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 here.


Possible Careers Paths for ESFP

Performer or Actor
Sales Rep
Social Work
Child Care
Fashion Designer
Interior Decorator