How to Find a Satisfying Career as an ENFP Personality Type

Clinically Reviewed by Steven Melendy, PsyD. on September 16, 2022

Your unique personality type is suited to particular kinds of roles in the workplace. ENFPs – people with preferences for Extraversion, Intuition, Feeling and Perceiving – seek work that uses their creativity to express themselves while benefiting others. 

As it’s so easy to fall in love with the idea of many careers, ENFP’s can need a little help to narrow down the options as to which careers or jobs to try. Knowing what an ENFP needs in a job and which careers meet those requirements can really help!

Watch our video on top careers for ENFPs on Youtube.

What should an ENFP look for in a job?

ENFPs are people-centered creators. Energetic, warm and passionate, they love to help people explore their creative potential. 

When looking for a career that fits your ENFP personality, consider roles where you can:

  • Express your creative side
  • Embrace new experiences
  • Get to understand people
  • Provide acceptance and support 

When you think about your previous jobs or volunteer positions, how have they met those requirements? How have they missed the mark?

What satisfies ENFPs at work?

To feel satisfied in their work, ENFPs need to fulfill at least three of the following factors. 

To do work that:

  1. Allows you to interact with lots of interesting people and take on a variety of projects
  2. Lets you create new solutions to problems that will help people
  3. Is fun, challenging and different everyday
  4. Does not involve dealing with excessive details or routine tasks
  5. Rewards your enthusiasm, energy and creativity. 

Let’s do a quick check in:

  • What does each factor look like for you in real life?
  • Which of these does your current job satisfy?
  • Which are not being satisfied and how might you change that? 

What are the top careers for an ENFP?

As not all jobs reward an ENFP’s enthusiasm, there are quite a few possibilities we can rule out. The following is a list of jobs that might appeal to you. Don’t think of this list as finite; rather, look at the themes you see represented here and take those into your career search.

In the arts that includes:

  • Musician
  • Director
  • Choreographer
  • Art Director
  • Designer

In healthcare that includes:

  • Psychologist
  • Midwife
  • Nutritionist
  • Counselor

In personal care and service that includes:

  • Child care provider
  • Cosmetologist
  • Flight attendant 

In business that includes:

  • Retail manager
  • Public relations specialist
  • Recruiter

In media and communication that includes:

  • Reporter
  • Interpreter
  • Magazine editor 

To see more top careers for ENFPs, take a look at our detailed list here. In summary, you are looking for jobs that are creative, varied, people focused and appreciate your energy. 

What careers should an ENFP avoid?

While any personality type can be successful in any career, some occupations require ENFPs to operate outside their natural preferences, which can be draining. 

Careers like pathologist, flight engineer, chemist and farmer may not check the important boxes for an ENFP.

Next steps 

Whether you are at the beginning of your career journey or seriously contemplating a career change, take the time to do a little analysis, research and reflection before leaping into something new. This will help you ensure that your career needs are met in the future. 

To learn more visit our ENFP personality page or take our free test here.

Samantha Mackay

Samantha is a certified Enneagram coach at Individuo and educator at Truity. She has found knowing her personality type (ENTP / Enneagram 7) invaluable for recovering from burnout and for working with her anxiety, chronic illnesses and pain. To work with Samantha visit

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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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