Hot Careers for Your Personality Type

Clinically Reviewed by Steven Melendy, PsyD. on October 22, 2008

Recently, Time Magazine published an article about the happiest workers (and unhappiest workers!) in America. The happiest workers? Clergy, followed closely by firefighters. This may seem an odd combo, but consider how fulfilled people in these careers must feel in their work. Connecting to God and a congregation, saving lives in crisis... sounds like a recipe for happiness to me!

Not everyone is going to run off to seminary school, of course. If you've been reading about personality type you know that for each career, there are a few personality types that gravitate to the field. Following are a few of the "happy" careers from the Time article, along with personality types likely to excel in the field.

Clergy: ISFJ, INFP, INFJ. Introspective, sensitive, and strongly anchored in their values, these types find great satisfaction in religious occupations.

Firefighters: ESTP, ISTP. Dynamic and action-oriented, ESTPs and ISTPs thrive on work that allows them to see immediate, tangible results for their efforts.

Architects: ENTP, INTP, INTJ. All three types have a unique ability to envision possibilities and create innovative concepts based on logical systems.

Actors/Directors: ESFP, ENFP, INFP. Creative and not apt to be tied down, these three types enjoy the self-expression and spontaneity of the performing arts.

Special Education Teachers: ESFJ, ISFJ, INFP. All three of these types are strongly motivated by the desire to help others, and thrive in an environment that lets them see first-hand the positive impact of their work.

Pilots: ESTJ, ISTJ, ESTP. Hands-on, technical work that requires attention to detail appeals to these types. All three types enjoy mastering technology to achieve logical results.

Real Estate Agents: ESTP, ENTP, ESTJ. Assertive, outgoing people with an enterprising spirit tend to enjoy the diverse challenges of this entrepreneurial field.

Dentists: ISTJ, ISFJ, ESTJ. The practical, hands-on nature of dentistry makes it popular with these types, who excel at detailed, methodical work with a visible result.

In case you're wondering, the unhappiest workers in America included gas-station attendants, roofers, and maids. For the full report, check out the General Social Survey conducted by the University of Chicago.


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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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