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With a seemingly endless list of career options, how can you possibly choose just one? Some people know exactly what they want to do from a young age. But many of us aren’t sure what we want to do. That’s where tools and resources such as inventories come in handy.

Finding a fulfilling career can come down to your personality, way of thinking about things, and interactions with others. The Myers Briggs assessment evaluates those pieces of your personality and thought processes to assign a personality type. Represented by four letters, there are 16 possible personality types. Knowing your Myers Briggs personality type won’t solve your quest for the perfect job, but it can help you find career options that fit your style.

In part one of our series, we covered five personality types: ISFP, ENTP, ISTP, INFJ, and ENFJ. Part two covered six more types: ISFJ, ENTJ, ESTJ, INTJ, ISTJ, and INTP. Now we’re ready to explore the best careers and some you may want to avoid for the remaining personality types.

ESFJ (Provider)

A social butterfly with sensitivity to the feelings of others, the ESFJ is often found in the leader role for social events or playing host or hostess for family and friends. ESFJs strive for harmony, are eager to please, and like to provide for others. Organization is a personal strength, and an ESFJ likes to use those organizational skills to make others around them more organized. The ESFJ expects everyone to follow the same set of rules to create a sense of order and to foster cooperation. ESFJs are often opinionated and may judge others if they don’t live up to the morals the ESFJ feels are important. This is the second most popular personality type, representing 12 percent of the general population, 17 percent of women, and 8 percent of men.

ESFJ careers to avoid

Here are some additional facts about ESFJ personalities:

  • Place high value on loyalty and tradition
  • Often make family and friends a high priority
  • Give generously when it comes to time and effort
  • Carry concerns of others as their own
  • See things as right or wrong with no gray area
  • Often speak up if someone else’s behavior is considered inappropriate or contradicts what the ESFJ thinks should happen
  • Put work before pleasure and may have a serious, practical personality
  • Stick to a routine to be productive
  • Engage with the community
  • May gossip regularly, as the ESFJ likes to share stories about others
  • Have a high likelihood of believing in a higher power
  • Have a high level of satisfaction with colleagues and work in general
  • Are likely to stay in college
  • Often work in fields of education, health care, and religion
  • Enjoy using interpersonal skills at work
  • Enjoy work environments with structure and organization
  • Prefer working with others, especially when team members are motivated, action-oriented, supportive, and cooperative
  • Like to have clear expectations at work
  • Dislike conflict or uncertainty in the workplace
  • Famous ESFJs: Mary Tyler Moore, Barbara Walters, Sam Walton, Dave Thomas, and Martha Stewart

Careers for ESFJ

 Careers to consider for the ESFJ personality type include:

  • Elementary teacher
  • Cosmetologist
  • Nutritionist
  • Funeral director
  • Health care administrator
  • Paralegal
  • Technical writer
  • Caterer
  • Surgeon
  • Minister
  • Buyer
  • Event coordinator
  • Real estate agent
  • Receptionist
  • Court reporter

ESFJ careers to avoid include:

  • Software developer
  • Tech support specialist
  • Farmer
  • Investment banker
  • Actor
  • Electrician
  • Economist
  • Airline pilot

INFP (Idealist)

Creative, imaginative, and introverted, INFPs see all of the possibilities for a better future with a focus on personal growth for themselves and those around them. This personality type believes each person has to find his path on his own and values authenticity and individuality. They spend a great deal of time exploring ideas and values to determine what feels right. The INFP personality type is the ninth most common personality type, representing four percent of the general population, five percent of women, and four percent of men.

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Here are some other interesting facts about INFPs:

  • May seem unconventional or alternative, and don’t want to conform but instead stay true to themselves
  • Are nonjudgmental and accepting of others and can see issues from different points of view
  • Appreciate open and supportive individuals, not those who try to violate values or push them into doing something a certain way
  • Hold back feelings and thoughts for those who are close
  • Are sensitive and empathetic
  • Have a lower risk of heart disease than some other personality types
  • Male INFPs have a lower risk of chronic pain
  • Have high levels of dissatisfaction in marriage and work
  • Are likely to experience suicidal thoughts in college
  • Are able to learn a foreign language easier than some other types
  • Feel motivated by meaningful work and vision rather than money or status
  • Use creative problem-solving and innovation
  • Want a career that supports personal values
  • Want a job with positions that allow individuality and unique problem-solving skills to shine
  • Prefer working alone with control over the project but also enjoy working on teams
  • Often found in writing, art, or counseling careers
  • Are most likely to become a stay-at-home parent
  • Have a lower income than average
  • Famous INFPs: Audrey Hepburn, Fred Rogers, Kurt Cobain, William Shakespeare, A.A. Milne, Helen Keller, Tori Amos, and Princess Diana

Careers for INFP

 Some solid INFP career choices include:

  • Fine artist
  • Mental health, school, or career counselor
  • Curator
  • Genetic counselor
  • Massage therapist
  • Veterinary technician
  • Writer
  • Zoologist
  • Public relations specialist
  • Training manager
  • Midwife
  • Preschool, special education, or elementary teacher
  • Graphic designer
  • Anthropologist
  • Historian

Careers that aren’t popular with INFPs include:

  • Military officer
  • Electrician
  • Systems analyst
  • Auditor
  • Dentist
  • Judge
  • Sales manager
  • Chemist 

ESFP (Performer)

The center of attention is where you’re likely to find an ESFP. As the name suggests, this personality type loves to take the spotlight and has a vivacious personality. ESFPs have strong interpersonal skills and are known to engage others in conversation with humor and charm. You’ll recognize an ESFP by her zest for life, warm personality, and ability to talk to just about anyone. This personality type is spontaneous, loves to have fun, and knows how to enjoy life as it happens. The ESFP type includes nine percent of the general population, with 10 percent of all women and seven percent of all men.

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Other fun facts about ESFP personalities include:

  • Live in the moment, soaking in and enjoying everything
  • Pay attention to senses — sights, sounds, smells — to enjoy the world
  • Engage in an active lifestyle but may become overextended due to failure to plan ahead and the desire to participate in as much fun as possible
  • Remain down-to-earth and practical despite the desire to always have fun
  • Are fully aware of facts and details
  • Stay observant of those around them, willing to lend a hand when others are in need, especially if the help is done in a tangible way
  • Want everyone to have fun and often take on the responsibility to make it happen
  • May avoid serious or negative talk, making it difficult for others to get close
  • Are drawn toward aesthetically pleasing things in both the environment and personally, such as clothing
  • Stay up on the latest trends
  • Enjoy hands-on learning
  • Have a high rate of satisfaction in marriage
  • Earn a lower income than other personality types
  • Enjoy aesthetically pleasing, active work environments with the freedom to be spontaneous
  • Prefer to work with colleagues who are enthusiastic and relaxed with the ability to have fun at work
  • Make career choices that allow the ESFP to help others, especially if the job involves solving practical problems
  • Dislike work environments with strict rules, instead preferring a flexible workplace that allows for individual solutions for problems
  • May become frustrated by long-term projects and prefer instead to see immediate, tangible results
  • Famous ESFPs: Elvis Presley, Goldie Hawn, Elizabeth Taylor, Ronald Reagan, Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland, and Magic Johnson

Careers for ESFP

Ideas for ESFP personality careers include:

  • Elementary teacher
  • Social worker
  • Pediatrician
  • Dietitian
  • Cosmetologist
  • Event coordinator
  • Receptionist
  • Farmer
  • Firefighter
  • Animal trainer
  • Massage therapist
  • Nurse
  • Retail manager
  • Artist
  • Musician

Careers that may not work well for ESFPs include:

  • Airline pilot
  • Systems analyst
  • Psychiatrist
  • College professor
  • Attorney
  • Accountant
  • Mechanical, chemical, or biomedical engineer
  • School administrator

ENFP (Champion)

You won’t see an ENFP conforming to anyone’s standards. This personality type likes to follow an individual path and appreciates others who do so. Feelings often rule the ENFP’s actions. An ENFP focuses on people and shares enthusiasm for new ideas while encouraging others to explore their own creativity. Humor and strong communication skills help the ENFP express ideas and connect with others in an authentic way. Eight percent of the population falls into the ENFP category, including 10 percent of women and six percent of men.

ENFP careers

Check out these additional details about ENFPs:

  • Become bored by repetitive, detail-oriented work
  • Enjoy variety, often connecting with people from many different backgrounds
  • Can be curious about others
  • Love to talk about aspirations — both personal and those of others — and support the dreams of others even if they are lofty or seemingly impossible
  • Focus on connecting with others at the expense of noticing details in the environment
  • Can sometimes seen as scattered
  • Often have artistic tendencies
  • Are often considered quirky or different
  • Women in this category have a lower risk of heart problems
  • Men in this category are less likely to experience chronic pain
  • Have an increased chance of experiencing trouble in school
  • Enjoy careers in fields such as education, art, religion, and counseling
  • Appreciate a career that allows use of creativity in helping others
  • Prefer a job with variety in both tasks and challenges rather than a mundane, repetitive job
  • Feel drawn to relaxed environments with friendly coworkers
  • Have high job satisfaction
  • Earn a lower income than other personality types
  • Famous ENFPs: Robin Williams, Julie Andrews, Edith Wharton, Mark Twain, Carol Burnett, Bill Clinton, Dr. Seuss, and Drew Barrymore

Careers for ENFP

Suitable careers for ENFP personalities include:

  • Actor
  • Musician
  • Fashion, floral, or interior designer
  • Real estate agent
  • Social worker
  • Bartender
  • Cosmetologist
  • Interpreter
  • Public relations specialist
  • Sociologist
  • Teacher
  • Audiologist
  • Dental assistant or dental hygienist
  • Human resources specialist
  • Sales manager

Careers that may not match the ENFP personality include:

  • Financial manager
  • Flight, civil, mechanical, chemical, or computer software engineer
  • Judge
  • Police officer
  • Farmer
  • Dentist
  • Pathologist
  • Chemist

ESTP (Doer)

ESTPs love social interactions and bounce from person to person thanks to high energy levels. ESTPs act quickly, which may mean fixing mistakes down the road. They are able to quickly assess situations and respond appropriately. This makes an ESTP good to have on hand in an emergency situation. The ESTP personality type

represents four percent of the general population, six percent of men, and three percent of women.

Other interesting facts about the ESTP personality type include:

  • Are naturally athletic with high levels of coordination
  • May test physical limits with risky activities
  • Tend to be excellent at solving practical problems
  • Use logical reasoning easily
  • Look for quick, tangible results rather than working toward long-term goals
  • Have a sense of humor, often playfully poking fun at others
  • Tend to move from one person to the next in social situations rather than connecting on a deeper level with anyone
  • Experience a higher risk of chronic pain
  • Often have a lower GPA in college
  • Are likely to stay in college
  • Can assess available resources to solve problems
  • Deal well with concrete ideas but may struggle with abstract ideas
  • Show flexibility in dealing with work problems, willing to try a different approach if it seems logical
  • Prefer careers dealing with tangible items over ideas
  • Are not often sensitive and tend to avoid emotions and serious situations, instead preferring to keep things light-hearted and playful
  • Consider past experiences when making decisions on how to handle new situations
  • Are not interested in careers that require sitting at a desk
  • Pleased by flexibility in rules and procedures
  • Feel drawn to jobs that use physical or mechanical skills
  • Famous ESTPs: Evel Knievel, Mae West, Bruce Willis, Donald Trump, and George W. Bush

Careers for ESTP

Here are some ESTP careers for your consideration:

  • General contractor
  • Police detective
  • Financial advisor
  • Sales manager
  • Military officer
  • Athletic trainer or fitness instructor
  • Insurance agent
  • Farmer
  • Chiropractor
  • Flight attendant
  • Chef
  • Carpenter
  • Chief financial officer
  • Flight, civil, or mechanical engineer
  • Photographer

Careers that are the least likely match for an ESTP include:

  • Writer
  • Librarian
  • Animator
  • Physician’s assistant
  • Preschool teacher
  • Electrical or chemical engineer
  • Market researcher
  • Clergy

 

Finding Career Success

No one can tell you exactly what to do with your life, but resources such as the Myers Briggs personality assessment help you explore the options best suited to your personality. Take some time to learn more about your own tendencies and how those personality traits might affect your type of work to set yourself on a path toward career success.

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