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ENFJ Career Interests, Career Matches, and Careers to Avoid

Learn about typical career interests of the the ENFJ personality type, potential career matches, and careers to avoid.

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After a short summary of ENFJ career interests, you’ll find 20 potential career fits for ENFJs, along with several poor fits, identified by combining data about ENFJ personality patterns with detailed occupational information from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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ENFJ Career Interests

The chart below shows where ENFJs tend to fall on the classic RIASEC career interest dimensions: Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising, and Conventional.

Your unique blend of these dimensions dramatically influences how well a career feels like a good fit.

The dark blue areas show where ENFJs are most likely to fall on each dimension.

ENFJs and RIASEC career interests
Patterns of career interests among ENFJs

Most ENFJs tend to have the following pattern of interests:

  • High Social interests: People with strong Social interests fit well with careers that involve helping, comforting, caring for, and teaching other people. Examples include physical therapists, counselors, clergy, social workers, doctors, and nurses.

  • High Artistic interests: People with strong Artistic interests prefer jobs that require innovation through artistic and intuitive skills in less structured tasks and environments. Examples include artists, novelists, actors or actresses, musicians, curators, and designers.

  • Average Enterprising interests: People with strong Enterprising interests are often skilled communicators and enjoy influencing, persuading, and leading other people. They actively pursue leadership roles and opportunities to bolster their status and reputation. Examples include sales and marketing directors, politicians and political organizers, and executives.

  • Average Conventional interests: People with strong Conventional interests excel in roles that require categorizing, planning, and systematizing information and processes. Examples include financial officers, budget analysts, office managers, database analysts, and systems administrators.

  • Average Investigative interests: People with strong Investigative interests prefer roles that require observation, researching, and understanding ideas. They tend to prefer working with data and ideas rather than working closely with other people. Examples include medical researchers, chemists, software engineers, scientific reporters, and statisticians.

  • Low Realistic interests: People with high Realistic interests enjoy careers that allow them to work with their hands or tools to get a job done, rather than thinking or talking about it. They may also gravitate towards jobs with opportunities for working outdoors, competition, and risk-taking. Examples include police officers, military officers, professional athletes, farmers, builders, mechanics, forest rangers, and woodworkers.

However, it’s possible to find ENFJs at any point on any of these six dimensions. While most ENFJs have relatively low Realistic interests, there are still a few ENFJs who score very highly on them. This wide range in interests highlights the problem of using broad personality types to find good career matches.

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Most ENFJs have intense Social interests, which fit well with roles requiring skillful communication and empathy.

Many ENFJs also have strong Artistic interests, meaning they will gravitate towards roles with opportunities to create, innovate, and experiment.

Other ENFJs tend to lean into Enterprising interests, pulling them towards roles with heavy demands for persuading, leading, and managing others.

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ENFJ Career Matches

People who work in the following 20 occupations tend to have similar interests to most ENFJs:

Corporate Trainer

Also known as Computer Training Specialist, Corporate Trainer, E-Learning Developer, Job Training Specialist, Management Development Specialist, Senior Instructor, Supervisory Training Specialist, Technical Trainer, Trainer, Training Specialist

Corporate Trainers design or conduct work-related training and development programs to improve individual skills or organizational performance. They also may analyze organizational training needs or evaluate training effectiveness.

Typical pay range: $33,900 - $107,060 (annual)

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High School Teacher

Also known as Art Teacher, English Teacher, High School Science Teacher, History Teacher, Mathematics Instructor (Math Instructor), Science Teacher, Secondary Teacher, Social Studies Teacher, Spanish Teacher, Teacher

High School Teachers teach one or more subjects to students at the secondary school level.

Typical pay range: $41,330 - $102,130 (annual)

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News Reporter

Also known as Anchor, News Anchor, News Reporter, Radio News Anchor, Radio Talk Show Host, Reporter, Staff Writer, Television News Anchor (TV News Anchor), Television News Reporter, Television Reporter (TV Reporter)

News Reporters narrate or write news stories, reviews, or commentary for print, broadcast, or other communications media such as newspapers, magazines, radio, or television. They also may collect and analyze information through interview, investigation, or observation.

Typical pay range: $25,510 - $127,370 (annual)

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Instructional Coordinator

Also known as Curriculum and Instruction Director, Curriculum Coordinator, Curriculum Director, Curriculum Specialist, Education Specialist, Instructional Designer, Instructional Systems Specialist, Instructional Technologist, Learning Development Specialist, Program Administrator

Instructional Coordinators develop instructional material, coordinate educational content, and incorporate current technology into instruction in order to provide guidelines to educators and instructors for developing curricula and conducting courses. In addition, Instructional Coordinators

  • may train and coach teachers, and
  • include educational consultants and specialists, and instructional material directors.

Typical pay range: $39,270 - $105,650 (annual)

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Middle School Teacher

Also known as English Teacher, Language Arts Teacher, Mathematics Teacher (Math Teacher), Middle School Teacher, Music Teacher, Physical Education Teacher (PE Teacher), Reading Teacher, Science Teacher, Social Studies Teacher, Teacher

Middle School Teachers teach one or more subjects to students at the middle, intermediate, or junior high school level.

Typical pay range: $40,930 - $98,840 (annual)

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Communications Professor

Also known as Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Communication Arts Professor, Communication Instructor, Communication Professor, Instructor, Mass Communications Professor, Professor, Speech Instructor, Speech Professor

Communications Professors teach courses in communications, such as organizational communications, public relations, radio/television broadcasting, and journalism. They also includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Typical pay range: $40,690 - $137,520 (annual)

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Special Education Middle School Teacher

Also known as Exceptional Children Teacher (EC Teacher), Exceptional Student Education Teacher (ESE Teacher), Inclusion Teacher, Intervention Specialist, Learning Support Teacher, Middle School Special Education Teacher, Self-Contained Special Education Teacher, Special Education Resource Teacher, Special Education Teacher, Teacher

Special Education Middle School Teachers teach academic, social, and life skills to middle school students with learning, emotional, or physical disabilities. They also includes teachers who specialize and work with students who are blind or have visual impairments; students who are deaf or have hearing impairments; and students with intellectual disabilities.

Typical pay range: $42,090 - $99,750 (annual)

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Adult Education Instructor

Also known as Adult Basic Education Instructor (ABE Instructor), Adult Basic Education Teacher (ABE Teacher), Adult Education Instructor, Adult Education Teacher, ESL Instructor (English as a Second Language Instructor), ESL Teacher (English as a Second Language Teacher), ESOL Teacher (English for Speakers of Other Languages Teacher), GED Instructor (General Educational Development Instructor), GED Teacher (General Educational Development Teacher), Teacher

Adult Education Instructors teach or instruct out-of-school youths and adults in basic education, literacy, or English as a Second Language classes, or in classes for earning a high school equivalency credential.

Typical pay range: $32,120 - $95,630 (annual)

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Political Science Professor

Also known as Adjunct Professor, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Faculty Member, Government Professor, Instructor, Political Science Instructor, Political Science Professor, Professor, Public Administration Professor

Political Science Professors teach courses in political science, international affairs, and international relations. They also includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Typical pay range: $43,460 - $179,450 (annual)

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Special Education High School Teacher

Also known as Career and Transition Teacher, High School Special Education Teacher, Interrelated Special Education Teacher, Learning Disabilities Special Education Teacher (LD Special Education Teacher), Learning Support Teacher, Resource Teacher, Special Day Class Teacher (SDC Teacher), Special Education Resource Teacher, Special Education Teacher, Teacher

Special Education High School Teachers teach academic, social, and life skills to secondary school students with learning, emotional, or physical disabilities. They also includes teachers who specialize and work with students who are blind or have visual impairments; students who are deaf or have hearing impairments; and students with intellectual disabilities.

Typical pay range: $41,270 - $101,050 (annual)

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Broadcast Announcer

Also known as Anchor, Announcer, DJ (Disc Jockey), Host, Morning Show Host, News Anchor, Radio Announcer, Television News Anchor (TV News Anchor)

Broadcast Announcers speak or read from scripted materials, such as news reports or commercial messages, on radio, television, or other communications media. They also may play and queue music, announce artist or title of performance, identify station, or interview guests.

Typical pay range: $19,580 - $114,050 (annual)

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Self Enrichment Teacher

Also known as Art Teacher, Dance Instructor, Dance Teacher, Driving Instructor, Flight Instructor, Instructor, Martial Arts Instructor, Music Instructor, Piano Teacher, Teacher

Self Enrichment Teachers teach or instruct individuals or groups for the primary purpose of self-enrichment or recreation, rather than for an occupational objective, educational attainment, competition, or fitness.

Typical pay range: $21,920 - $82,000 (annual)

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Technical Education Teacher

Also known as Business Education Teacher, Business Teacher, Career and Technology Education Teacher (CTE Teacher), Computer Teacher, Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher (FACS Teacher), Industrial Arts Teacher, Industrial Technology Teacher, Teacher, Technology Education Teacher (Tech Ed Teacher), Technology Teacher

Technical Education Teachers teach occupational, vocational, career, or technical subjects to students at the middle, intermediate, or junior high school level.

Typical pay range: $41,600 - $100,780 (annual)

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Family Social Worker

Also known as Adoption Social Worker, Case Manager, Case Worker, Child Protective Services Social Worker (CPS Social Worker), Family Protection Specialist, Family Resource Coordinator, Family Service Worker, Foster Care Social Worker, School Social Worker, Youth Services Specialist

Family Social Workers provide social services and assistance to improve the social and psychological functioning of children and their families and to maximize the family well-being and the academic functioning of children. In addition, Family Social Workers

  • may assist parents, arrange adoptions, and find foster homes for abandoned or abused children,
  • in schools, they address such problems as teenage pregnancy, misbehavior, and truancy, and
  • may also advise teachers.

Typical pay range: $32,300 - $80,290 (annual)

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Clergy

Also known as Catholic Priest, Children’s Minister, Confessor, Congregational Care Pastor, Minister, Missionary Coordinator, Pastor, Priest, Rabbi, Rector

Clergies conduct religious worship and perform other spiritual functions associated with beliefs and practices of religious faith or denomination. They also provide spiritual and moral guidance and assistance to members.

Typical pay range: $28,410 - $89,510 (annual)

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Management Professor

Also known as Accounting Instructor, Accounting Professor, Associate Professor, Business Administration Professor, Business Instructor, Business Professor, Instructor, Management Professor, Marketing Professor, Professor

Management Professors teach courses in business administration and management, such as accounting, finance, human resources, labor and industrial relations, marketing, and operations research. They also includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Typical pay range: $39,720 - $202,080 (annual)

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Recreational Therapist

Also known as Activity Coordinator, Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS), General Activities Therapist, Recreation Therapist, Recreational Therapist, Rehabilitation Therapist, Therapeutic Recreation Specialist

Recreational Therapists plan, direct, or coordinate medically-approved recreation programs for patients in hospitals, nursing homes, or other institutions. In addition, Recreational Therapists

  • activities include sports, trips, dramatics, social activities, and crafts, and
  • may assess a patient condition and recommend appropriate recreational activity.

Typical pay range: $31,450 - $79,250 (annual)

Learn more about Recreational Therapists ->

Guidance Counselor

Also known as Academic Advisor, Academic Counselor, Admissions Counselor, Career Counselor, College Counselor, Guidance Counselor, School Adjustment Counselor, School Counselor, Student Development Advisor, Student Services Coordinator

Guidance Counselors advise and assist students and provide educational and vocational guidance services.

Typical pay range: $35,620 - $97,910 (annual)

Learn more about Guidance Counselors ->

Mediator

Also known as Alternative Dispute Resolution Coordinator (ADR Coordinator), Arbiter, Arbitrator, Divorce Mediator, Family Mediator, Federal Mediator, Labor Arbitrator, Labor Mediator, Mediator, Public Employment Mediator

Mediators facilitate negotiation and conflict resolution through dialogue. They also resolve conflicts outside of the court system by mutual consent of parties involved.

Typical pay range: $38,330 - $131,210 (annual)

Learn more about Mediators ->

Kindergarten Teacher

Also known as Bilingual Kindergarten Teacher, Classroom Teacher, Educator, Instructor, Kinder Teacher, Kindergarten Classroom Teacher, Kindergarten Teacher, Teacher, Title One Kindergarten Teacher, Transitional Kindergarten Teacher

Kindergarten Teachers teach academic and social skills to kindergarten students.

Typical pay range: $37,360 - $91,980 (annual)

Learn more about Kindergarten Teachers ->

ENFJ Careers to Avoid

Most ENFJs would struggle to enjoy careers that primarily demand Realistic and Investigative interests. These careers would focus heavily on analytic and technical details, leaving little room for ENFJs to use their creative and interpersonal strengths.

A few examples of poorer fits include:

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