Careers for Social Realists

Social realists are organized, sociable individuals who care for others and are always willing to help a friend. There are a number of careers in social services, healthcare and education that are ideal for social realists that are discussed here.

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Career Options for Social Realists

A social realist is also known as the ESFJ Personality Type. Social realists are extroverts. They thrive on teamwork and helping others. They also have strong organizational skills and are ideally suited for careers in which they can interact with others, use their listening skills and help people.

Job Title Median Salary* (2016) Job Growth* (2014-2024)
Registered Nurse $68,450 16%
Kindergarten and Elementary Teacher $55,490 6%
Social and Human Service Assistant $31,810 11%
Occupational Therapist $81,910 27%
Elementary, Middle and High School Principal $92,510 6%

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Career Information for Social Realists

Registered Nurse

Registered nurses are involved in direct patient care. Social realists will appreciate the opportunities to interact with medical professionals and patients. In this career, they can directly contribute to the medical care of others, which will appeal to their interest in helping others. Registered nurses need to be licensed, and they must complete a diploma, associate's degree or bachelor's degree in nursing.

Kindergarten and Elementary Teacher

Kindergarten and elementary teachers need a teaching license and bachelor's degree to begin their career. They work directly with students and create lessons designed to help their students understand concepts and information. This is a good career choice for social realists because it allows them to help students learn and contribute to their students' educational development. They also get regular opportunities for interaction with students and other teaching staff, and they can use their listening skills to encourage students to express themselves so that they can help understand their thinking or what issues may be affecting their performance.

Social and Human Service Assistant

Social and human service assistants are required to graduate high school and complete on-the-job training. They help people in the community with practical matters. This may involve referring them to services to help them receive food, housing or other benefits. The regular opportunities to help improve the quality of life for others and to interact with members of the community are aspects of this career that social realists will appreciate.

Occupational Therapist

Occupational therapists are licensed professionals who have a master's or doctoral degree. Social realists will find this is another helping profession in which they can directly impact the health and well-being of their patients, and interact regularly with others. Occupational therapists work with people who have been affected by illness, injury or a disability. They develop programs to help address their patients' issues, and come up with treatments that are intended to help their patients develop, regain or improve specific functions. For example, they may work with someone who's had a stroke and help them relearn how to print words or button their shirt.

Elementary, Middle and High School Principal

School principals are involved in overseeing their teaching staff, coordinating schedules and developing strategies to address issues with students, staff or the school's organization. Social realists will find this is a career option that allows them to assume a leadership role while interacting with many people throughout the day, and that they're in a position to help students with their education. They need to have a master's degree, and usually have prior experience teaching.

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