What Does an ENFJ Need to be Happy at Work?

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

Your unique personality type is suited to particular kinds of roles in the workplace. ENFJs – people with preferences for Extraversion, Intuition, Feeling and Judging – seek work that is personally meaningful and allows them to have an impact on the world. 

But what does that mean in the real world? Let’s look at how that translates into what ENFJs need in their jobs and the types of careers that fulfill those requirements. 

Watch our video on top careers for ENFJs on youtube.

What should an ENFJ look for in a job?

ENFJs are idealist organizers, driven to implement their vision of what is best for humanity. They often act as catalysts for human development because of their talent for seeing the potential in others and using their charisma to persuade others to their ideas.

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

  • Help others reach their potential
  • Turn ideas into reality
  • Work as part of a team 
  • Accomplish meaningful goals 

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

What satisfies ENFJs at work?

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

To do work: 

  1. Where they believe in the mission of the organization they work for
  2. That allows them to establish and maintain warm and supportive relationships
  3. That enables them to develop creative solutions to problems that help people
  4. In a friendly, supportive and collaborative environment
  5. That allows them to be part of a team of other creative people they trust and like

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 ENFJ?

Not all jobs focus on developing creative solutions to problems that help people, so that rules out more than a few careers. Let’s look at a few of the careers that make the cut. But remember, this isn’t a complete list, so look for the themes represented here and take those into your career search.

In healthcare that includes:

  • Clinical psychologist 
  • Nutritionist  
  • Public health educator
  • Genetic counselor 

In business that includes:

  • Event coordinator
  • Marketing manager
  • Political scientist
  • Fundraiser
  • Flight attendant

In communication that includes:

  • Copywriter
  • Journalist
  • Trainer 
  • Photographer

In art and design that includes:

  • Interior designer 
  • Urban planner
  • Landscape architect
  • Art director  

To see more top careers for ENFJs, take a look at our detailed list here. In summary you’re looking for jobs that are values driven, focused on creatively helping people in a collaborative environment. 

What careers should an ENFJ avoid?

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

Careers like electrician, computer programmer and medical technician may not give ENJFs the career satisfaction they are looking for.  

Next steps

Whether you are trying to figure out what to study or navigating your way into a new career, take the time to consider how your career requirements will be met in your career - now and into the future. 

To learn more visit our ENFJ 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 www.individuo.life

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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.


Heather Hernandez (not verified) says...

What a great resource! Feedback: This list is lacking examples of more executive roles that are a great fit for ENFJs. Especially since this meyers briggs type is common for women, it would be incredibly impactful if you would list some higher exec roles here. Please consider including: manager, business development leader, customer success executive, and any role that involves complex sales or complex cross-functional collaboration. Thanks! 

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