Careers for People with ENFP Personality Type (Myers Briggs)

This article discusses career options for people with an ENFP personality type. ENFP stands for extroverted, intuitive, feeling and perceiving. People with this personality type can be enthusiastic and are sometimes described as dreamers.

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Career Options for ENFP Personality Types

People with an ENFP personality type are sociable and outgoing; they work best in groups and don't like menial tasks. Organization is not one of their strengths, but they do have exceptional communication skills and the ability to form connections with others, which can make them effective in artistic pursuits and social service careers.

Job Title Median Salary* (2016) Growth* (2014-2024)
Actor $18.70 per hour 10%
Artist $50,790 annually (fine artists); $65,300 annually (multimedia artists and animators) 3% (fine artists); 6% (multimedia artists and animators)
Reporters and Correspondents $37,820 annually -8%
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers $59,680 annually 5%
Public Relations $58,020 annually 6%
Social Worker $60,230 annually 12%
Secondary School Teacher $58,030 annually 6%
Writers and Authors $61,240 annually 2%

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Since ENFP personalities are often described as free spirits, artistic careers such as acting can be ideal for them. They don't need to have formal education, although studying theater can be beneficial. Actors perform roles in commercials, TV shows, movies and theater productions. Since ENFP personality types are outgoing, sociable and have strong communication skills, acting can be an ideal profession for them.


Although craft and fine artists do not necessarily need formal training, multimedia artist and animators do need to complete a bachelor's degree. Professions in these fields require artistic talent, and the ability to use artistic skill to communicate with their audience. The artistic aspect of these professions appeals to ENFP personality types, because they get to be creative and explore their ideas without rigidly adhering to formulas and checklists. Artistic careers can involve sculpting, painting and creating products such as jewelry or furniture.

Reporters and Correspondents

Reporters and correspondents may travel locally or internationally to perform their duties. They investigate stories to find out information they believe the public will be interested in and then they present that information in written form or through a radio or television broadcast. They normally need a bachelor's degree, and ENFP personality types thrive in this career field because of their exceptional communication skills.

Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers

Police and sheriff's patrol officers can take advantage of the ENFP's communication skills to inform the public and investigate crimes. Since ENFP don't like rigid routines, the variety of responsibilities that a police officer has and the need to respond quickly and efficiently in emergency situations can be something that appeals to them. A high school diploma and completion of a training program are standard requirements for a career in law enforcement, and a degree may be needed for some career options.

Public Relations Specialist

A public relations specialist is responsible for shaping the way the public views their client. They might work for a celebrity, a politician, a company or an organization with a specific cause. They find ways to communicate and use the media so that the public develops the intended view of their client. Since ENFP personality types are skilled communicators and like working with people, this can be an ideal career field for them to consider. Public relations specialists enjoy a wide variety of responsibilities in their work; they can develop marketing strategies, write material that will be released to the public, write speeches for their clients and oversee advertising campaigns to see how effective they are. A bachelor's degree is required to work in this field.

Secondary School Teacher

Teachers instruct students, and ENFP personality types can thrive in teaching roles because they get to interact regularly with students and other teaching professionals. Their communication skills are an asset when they prepare their lesson plans and when they teach students. A bachelor's degree and teaching license are needed to become a qualified high school teacher.

Social Worker

A bachelor's degree is necessary to become a social worker, although a master's degree is required for clinical social work positions. Social workers help people. They may be involved in helping people find specific services they need, or they may provide counseling services and direct assistance to the people they work with. This job involves a lot of communication, which is something ENFP personality types excel at, and the ENFP's ability to form connections with people can make them very effective as social workers.

Writers and Authors

Writers and authors use their communication skills to produce written material. They may produce books, brochures or scripts, and their work can be nonfiction or fiction. Those that write nonfiction may have to do a lot of research to get the information for their writings. ENFP personalities can thrive as writers and authors because they enjoy the lack of conventional structure of the profession; writers and authors may interview others and perform extensive research on different topics, and then spend time determining how to present that information in writing. Writers and authors benefit from a bachelor's degree in a relevant subject, such as journalism or communications.

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