Nonprofit Careers For Your Personality Type

Clinically Reviewed by Steven Melendy, PsyD. on December 15, 2010

If you dream of contributing to positive change, you'll want to check out nonprofit careers for your personality type. Careers in the nonprofit sector are well-suited to people who long to use their strengths and skills to work for a good cause. Nonprofits are diverse, from social services to faith-based organizations. Other nonprofits focus on the arts, education, or public health. They all have one thing in common: a mission to make the world a better place.


If you're good at motivating other people, you'll want to look into a career as a fundraiser. The most important aspect of a fundraiser's job is marketing. Fundraisers must come up with slogans that sell the mission of their nonprofit organization to potential contributors. They must also possess excellent management skills to guide and inspire contributors and volunteers.

ENFJs, with their idealism and organizational talents, are well-suited to careers in nonprofit fundraising. To become a fundraiser for a nonprofit organization, you'll want to earn a Bachelor's degree in marketing, public relations, or a related field. Choose elective coursework in subjects such as speech, psychology and statistics. You'd also benefit from work experience in public relations or as an assistant fundraiser.

Publication Specialist

If you're creative and have good writing chops, you might consider a career as a publication specialist. You'll be responsible for writing and designing promotional materials like brochures, newsletters, posters, and items for direct mail. Since you might need to collaborate with other writers, you must be a team player.

INFPs would do well as publication specialists for nonprofits, since they're motivated by high ideals and enjoy expressing themselves creatively. To pursue a career as a publication specialist, you should earn a Bachelor's degree in graphic design, advertising, or a related field. Since you'll be working with desktop publishing programs, word processors and spreadsheets, your computer skills must be well-honed. You can gain job experience by writing or editing service-focused materials.

Event Coordinator

A career as an event coordinator would be a great path if you're detail-oriented and passionate about your cause. As an event coordinator, you'll be responsible for planning and implementing events that promote your nonprofit to the public and help solicit donations. Skill at networking is a must in this career. Since ENFPs are top-notch communicators who thrive on inspiring other people, they would make excellent event coordinators for nonprofit organizations.

If you're interested in becoming an event coordinator, a Bachelor's degree in marketing or hospitality management will make you a good candidate for the job. You will need strong communication skills, both written and verbal. By working in the nonprofit sector, idealists can reap great personal satisfaction. They're happiest in careers that harmonize with their desire to contribute to the welfare of others.

Would you like to find out what your ideal career might be? Take our TypeFinder personality test and discover, within just a few hours, which job would be perfect for you.


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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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