3 Hot Careers for ESFJs

Clinically Reviewed by Steven Melendy, PsyD. on December 02, 2010

As dedicated helpers, ESFJs yearn to use their empathetic and organizational abilities to be of service to others. ESFJs are devoted team players. They thrive best in structured working environments where they can cooperate with colleagues to accomplish goals they deem beneficial. If you're an ESFJ, then you're in luck. Three hot careers great for ESFJs made CNN Money's list of the best jobs in America.

Physician Assistant

If you're an ESFJ interested in providing health care, then consider a career as a physician's assistant. Working under the supervision of doctors, physician assistants treat and diagnose patients and perform many of the duties of doctors. Physician assistants work in all branches of medicine. Sometimes, they help surgeons in the operating room. imageMost physician assistants have Bachelor's degrees. It also helps to have experience working in a health-related field. To become a physician's assistant, you must complete an accredited physician assistant program, which is usually two years in length. You'll also need to pass the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination, which is administered by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA).

Physical Therapist

A career as a physical therapist would be great for an empathetic ESFJ who wants to help people improve their quality of life. Physical therapists work with people who have suffered impairments in mobility or function as a result of injury or disease. They work in hospitals, clinics, or in private offices. Their goal is to help patients regain as much of their lost function as possible. To pursue a career as a physical therapist, you'll need a Bachelor's degree in a field like anatomy or biology. While completing your undergraduate coursework, volunteer to work in the physical therapy department of a hospital or a clinic. Then you'll need to earn a Master's degree or Doctoral degree from an accredited physical therapy program.

Sales Director

Organized and goal-oriented ESFJs should look into a career as a sales director. Sales are critical to business, hence the need for sales directors who mobilize the sales forces of a company, both internally and externally. Sales directors train sales representatives, develop programs to educate them about the company's new products, and figure out how to introduce new products to would-be investors. If you're interested in becoming a sales director, you'll need to earn a Bachelor's degree in a business-related field such as marketing, accounting, or economics. Work experience in business will enhance your resume, as will a Master of Business Administration degree.

These hot careers for ESFJs are time-honored professions that will appeal to the ESFJ’s love of tradition. In these jobs, ESFJs will find plenty of opportunities to put their unique skills to work for themselves and others.


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About the Clinical Reviewer

Steven Melendy, PsyD., is a Clinical Psychologist who received his doctorate from The Wright Institute in Berkeley, California. He specializes in using evidence-based approaches in his work with individuals and groups. Steve has worked with diverse populations and in variety of a settings, from community clinics to SF General Hospital. He believes strongly in the importance of self-care, good friendships, and humor whenever possible.

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