ESFJ Careers: The Helping Professions

esfj careersIf you’re reading this article, chances are you are already familiar with the Myers-Briggs personality test. In the event that you are not and somehow landed on ESFJ careers – let me explain. The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) test is an evaluation of your personality type based on four scales of psychological preferences. These scales are represented by letters and each set has two opposing options. The letters are:

  • E for Extroversion, I for Introversion
  • S for Sensing, N for Intuition
  • T for Thinking, F for Feeling
  • J for Judgment, P for Perception

The psychometric test was first implemented by Katharine Cook Briggs and Isabel Briggs Myers and is based off of the theories proposed by the psychologist Carl Jung.  The test is composed of 93 questions that have two answer options for each one. Your test results will yield a four letter identity that represents your personality archetype. Taking this test can help you better understand who you are, how you interact with people and what careers may suit you best. Also check out the Psychology of Personality to gain even deeper insight into why you are the way you are. The ESFJ personality type stands for Extroverted, Sensing, Feeling and Judgment.

ESFJ’s are eager to please, sensitive to how others perceive them and are always lending a helping hand. They value tradition and are very loyal to those they care for. They have superior organizational skills and aren’t afraid to take on others problems to help find a resolution. ESFJ’s are usually very morally correct and have strong opinions about what is right and wrong, they seek harmony but feel that everyone would cooperate better if everyone held the same code of values to be true. They also typically work better following a routine and staying productive. Check out the Secrets of Personality to dig deeper into your psyche to answer questions you never knew you had.

All of that being said – let’s see what careers fit the ESFJ best.

Nurse

Being a nurse requires a lot of compassion, patience and dedication. ESFJ’s have the willingness and almost need to help others in their time of need. The appreciation given to nurses also aligns well with this type of personality.

Counselor/Social Worker

Being a counselor or a social worker fits well with ESFJ’s. It provides a structured, traditional environment to work in while giving them the ability to problem solve for the betterment of others. They hold strong values and believe that doing the right thing will lead people in the right direction. This is a great attribute for this line of work.

Elementary School Teacher

The need to be well-liked and the desire to help, influence and motivate others makes the position of an elementary school teacher a good fit for this personality type. While teaching other grades or even college level courses could be fulfilling, the ESFJ’s light-hearted nature and need to be praised may go unmet at these levels. Elementary school-aged children are much easier to please and are eager to be taught.

Religious Figure

Because ESFJ’s are often very active in their communities, becoming a religious leader is not uncommon for these types of people. They thrive off of strong morals, dealing with people and being a major influence in other’s lives. Being in a position of religious authority can meet the desire to be liked and quench the thirst to be in a helping role for a large group of people. As a religious figure you are going to encounter all different personality types. And, as a leader in the community you will have to learn how to deal with these different types of people. Here are some insider tips on Living with Different Personality Types.

Physical Therapist

Much like the role of a nurse, physical therapists need a lot of compassion and patience. Dealing with patients who are recovering from debilitating injuries can be taxing for some, but for the ESFJ this type of work is a cake walk. They love being around people and helping others gain control of their life. Their need to be well-perceived is met as they are positively changing lives every hour of every day.

Child Care Provider

This is obviously in the same vein as being an elementary school teacher except it’s dealing with the same kids – after hours. Working with kids is a really rewarding job that needs someone who is responsible, moral and can adhere to set regulations and standards. ESFJ’s fit all of the requirements.

Non-Profit Work

As avid volunteers, ESFJ’s find much pride in working in the community. They love to be around people and they love being able to help whoever they can. Volunteer work is incredibly fulfilling and allows ESFJ’s to thrive in their ideal environment. Working at a non-profit often demands praise and appreciation as non-profits are a huge reason why those in need receive the aid they deserve.

Flight Attendant

This may be a little left field for some ESFJ’s, but for those that are less traditional and don’t need a strict routine may benefit from finding a career as a flight attendant. This position requires a happy-go-lucky personality who is eager to please and is very sociable.

Caterer

A service position is another great fit for ESFJ’s. In any kind of service industry, the workers must make the customer happy. This is easy for this personality type as they spend their whole lives, personal and professional, doing just that. They want everyone to be happy and in harmony. Catering allows ESFJ’s to serve people, feed people and to be recognized for doing a great job. Catering is also a position for self-starters and many ESFJ’s fit the profile.

Overall, ESFJ’s should pursue careers that gives them:

  • The opportunity to see tangible results
  • A stable work environment that follows routines and has traditional structure
  • Gives them the chance to influence and help a variety of people
  • A place where they feel appreciated and feel like they are making substantial contributions
  • The chance to master their trade, use their skills and create a harmonious environment

ESFJ’s make up around 13% of the population. It’s the most popular personality type as dictated by the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator test. Needless to say, there are a lot of career paths out there that are perfectly suited for this type of person. Figure out what kind of person you are, what you should study, and what careers you should pursue in our Personal Insight course.