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The ENFJ at Work

At work, the ENFJ is motivated to organize others to implement positive change. ENFJs are enthusiastic problem-solvers, especially when they can put their strong intuition about people to good use.

ENFJs strive for cooperation and work best in a harmonious environment where they can support other people and encourage their growth. They often take on a mentor role, seeing their primary aim as helping other people become better at what they do.

ENFJs are often attracted to leadership roles; they naturally organize people to take advantage of their unique talents. They often have a strong vision in their work, and enjoy being able to use their creativity to develop innovative initiatives with a humanitarian focus. ENFJs appreciate teamwork, and they want to have the organizational resources to put their ideas into action.

The ideal work environment for an ENFJ is forward-thinking and people-centered, with a clear humanitarian mission and an emphasis on constructive action. The ideal job for an ENFJ allows them to develop and implement ideas that improve the circumstances and well-being of other people.

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Top Careers for the ENFJ

Top careers for the ENFJ include:

Community and Social Service
Media and Communication
Education
Business, Management, and Sales
Entertainment, Arts and Design
Personal Care and Service
Sciences
Legal
Healthcare
Office and Administrative

ENFJ Careers to Avoid

It is important to note that any personality type can be successful in any occupation. However, some occupations are well suited to the natural talents and preferred work style of the ENFJ, while other occupations demand modes of thinking and behavior that do not come as naturally to the ENFJ. Occupations that require the ENFJ to operate outside their natural preferences may prove stressful or draining, and often sound unappealing to ENFJs who are choosing a career.

The following occupations have been found to be unpopular among ENFJs, based on data gathered from surveys of the general population.

The ENFJ on a Team

ENFJs are collaborative, inspirational team members who are interested in working together to implement plans for progress. ENFJ team members work from supportive relationships as their foundation; they are skilled at understanding the needs and priorities of others and talented at building consensus. ENFJs have a natural enthusiasm, and tend to engage their team members in their vision.

Because they are so oriented to cooperation, ENFJs can be ineffective on teams in conflict; they may become so engaged with trying to create harmony that they neglect to make an objective evaluation. Although they usually have a strong sense of purpose, they are more people-focused than task-focused, and will prioritize the growth and development of others throughout the process. ENFJs sometimes need to refocus on the task at hand, as they can spend so much time mentoring and encouraging others that they forget the team’s primary goal.

The ENFJ as a Leader

In leadership posiitons, ENFJs are enthusiastic, supportive, and action-oriented. They are strong leaders with clear ideas about how to improve organizations to better serve the needs of people. ENFJs are confident in their mission, but often balance their goal orientation with a focus on interpersonal process. They seek cooperation, and want others on board, in action and in spirit. ENFJs often take on a mentorship role; they like to help their employees develop as workers and as people.

Although ENFJs typically enjoy leadership, they can become discouraged in environments with ongoing conflict. They have a deep need to be appreciated and can become drained and ineffective in positions where they are not able to elicit support for their ideas and values.

ENFJ Career Stats

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Nam (not verified) says...

I am an ENFJ-A, taurus and this is exactly how I am 

Ashley Reyes (not verified) says...

Am I the only ENFJ that is a Capricorn? 

Alicia Fergusom (not verified) says...

No I'm a January Capricorn!

Jenny Houston (not verified) says...

No, you are not alone. I am one, too! 

Giuliano Sacconi (not verified) says...

You're not alone :) I'm ENFJ - A and Capricorn

melis (not verified) says...

Hello, I'm actually a gemini & not a taurus nor virgo so this feels odd, however, all this is exact to the way I am as an individual. I love reading more about myself & developing as a person so the fact that we are all similar is definitely interesting. I'm currently in high school & I have already started to research what I want to do in the near future which psychology, nurse practitioner, or anything with forensics.

Phillip Lee (not verified) says...

Im an ENFJ and a virgo. My girlfriend is an INFP and a virgo. We have many things in common And get along great. The introvert in her and extrovert in me doesn't seem to be conflicting but the judging on my part and perceiving on her part does cause a stir at times. We are both relatively rare and are very suitable. Were practically tbe same person 😂

By any chance, are there any other couples with this dynamic? ENFJ and INFP? Both virgos?? Heh

Ana S (not verified) says...

WOW! That is so funny there are so many ENFJ Tauruses commenting here. I am one too! Just got of our abusive relationship with a narcissist, realized I'm an empath and protagonist.

I too work in finance as financial advisor in a branch, originally studied to be a designer/architect. Now trying to complete my business admin degree. It is never too late to upgrade. :-) Good luck everyone! Nice to see there are patterns to our thoughts, feelings and actions.

Caroline32 (not verified) says...

This info is so me. :) I am an ENFJ and work as a registered dietitan in a project coordinator role. I love feeling like I am changing or helping others. I dated a ESTP. No wonder that did not work out!!

 

JB Kiss (not verified) says...

I am an ENFJ in the Finance and Accounting world, which seems odd.  However, I usually serve as a trainer, problem solver and morale builder within my work groups. 

One thing I do struggle with is self-promotion.  I get paid far less than I should for the level of responsibility and knowledge that I have.  Is that an issue for other ENFJ's?

(P.S. - not Taurus, but Virgo)

Anima (not verified) says...

Virgo here too. Yep- its all true. 

Anna Serrano says...

Reading your comment I felt like you were taking the words directly out of my head.  I too adn in the Finance/Accounting world and I migrate towards any project that puts me in the trainer, problem solver role.

m.fardin (not verified) says...

i am enfj but i like engineering and programming ;) now i don't know what to do

mochi (not verified) says...

same. i'm an ee student and love my major. i guess it depends on the person

enganon (not verified) says...

I am enfj (borderline entj) and I have been working as an engineer for many years. I love it less and less as I grow older because it makes me feel isolated from people and I have not yet had a direct impact on peoples lives.

Mohammad sadegh (not verified) says...

  Wow, I am an ENFJ

Meagainstthegulag says...

Took me until 53 to find out there was nothing wrong with me. Taurus fwiw.  I see that in the comments. Is that a trend?

Pria L. (not verified) says...

I remember listing the fields I am interested in (as I'm an incoming senior high student here in the Philippines). I always thought it was so bizarre because the courses I'm interested in were so different with each other. But when I found out that I was an ENFJ, I found an answer. I am still undecided but I knew I wanted to help others, make a positive change. I just couldn't convince my mother enough. I am the breadwinner of our family and also the first born. I understand she wants me to have a stable job in the future. But anyways, I am happy to know about other people with the same type as me!

Danielle Salomon (not verified) says...

My sister's an ENFJ. It really helps me understand her better. (I'm an ENFP or an INFP, not sure what's what)

Bri the Health Coach (not verified) says...

I love reading this. It was incredibly spot on. So cool!

Helen perry (not verified) says...

Hello fellow ENFJ's… Taurus’… Indecisive people… ! :D

I’m currently working in customer service but am thinking of re-training to be an Art Therapist, Art Teacher or Interior Designer. I have experience in working with interior designers (selling/designing bespoke rugs for them) but am worried that I wouldn’t be able to handle the stress of overseeing a whole project.

I doubt my people skills with all these roles as I am borderline introvert depending on my mood/confidence level, and feel I sometimes lack authority, but I would love a job that combines creativity with helping people.  

I am 25 without a degree and it increasing looks like I should go study for one…

Any pointers?

Loula (not verified) says...

I'll tell you what someone told me when I was about your age - just do it. 

 

That's it. Just do it. 

Nicole D (not verified) says...

ENJF and Taurus here, too! I've been in Human Resources my whole career and it suits my personality and birth sign perfectly. Something to consider. People skills, organziational skills and there are many types of jobs in HR to feed your creativity.

Good luck!

Andy says...

I used to be indecisive, now I am not so sure...;-)

Yep, ENFJ Taurus here!

You already know what to do! Get that Degree. I have found making lists and putting my dream onto paper turns it into a goal I can execute on. Set a schedule, plan, execute on it before something shiny comes along. A career change to Therapist is something I am considering (I have been an engineer/manager for 27 years). I am also working a program of recovery (was an active addict for many years) and I can say for sure my personality has changed.

Barbi (not verified) says...

OMG...another ENFJ/Taurus here.  So funny you said that.  I've actually just started a masters in clincal psychology after have two (count 'em, two!) other, vastly different careers.  Hmmm...there does seem to be a pattern here, huh?  =)

Mary Ann (not verified) says...

Sounds very familiar!

Tessa (not verified) says...

Hell Helen, I am also a ENFJ and taurean and I am about to embark on my Art Psychotherapist training after many years of a break from studying for my first degree.  I recommend you look into progressing to a degree and although I have yet to begin my course, I am currently educating myself on the concepts of Art Therapy and I find it very interesting and suits my personality perfectly. Maybe it would be an idea to find out about courses available to you and if the career opportunities are what would suit your ambition.

Faith (not verified) says...

This is me!!! Omg! It's scary how everything is correct!

Dominik (not verified) says...

Ya .for me exactly the same .All is true about me .When i find out i am enfj i relise why i am how i am .

Thea says...

Wow...I thought that there are a lot of people that are ENFJ because I think many people I know fits this description but it's really sad to see only 3% of the general peopulation is ENFJ

Tula (not verified) says...

I really feel it is the best description of me. I am sad that % of us ENFJ is so small. 

I am currently a trainee nurse. Working mostly at AED until I qualify as nursing assistant. I am glad my tough career choice is a right one 😍 Especially at moment. 

My cheers to all ENFJ s 😍  You are amazing x 

Anima (not verified) says...

💗

Edward Evans (not verified) says...

Cheers to you too! It appears that ENFJs are so rare, I know only a friend who is also an ENFJ like me and we are pretty close to each other. It's hard to find another ENFJ now.

NR_BW (not verified) says...

I'm an INFP and my best friend is an ENFJ and I love her SOOOO much! she is so understanding and doesn't hold me back from my crazy imagination. so to all you out there if you meet an INFP be they're friend, they NEED you!

~an 16 year old INFP

Daydreamer (not verified) says...

Yes, we do need them!

-infp

UwUArt (not verified) says...

Omg I realize that this is totally true, and I'm an ENFJ and my best friend is an INFJ and she sounds JUST like you! With the wild imagination and all.

 

WHY WEIRDY (not verified) says...

Im ENFJ and what they say about me is ALL TRUE 

WHY WEIRDY (not verified) says...

FACTS!!! THIS IS SOOO TRUE

Gary Gatlin (not verified) says...

WOW!!!  This scary accurate!!!!  If you had listed also library in the hobbies...everything listed is so me...thanks 

Dietitian Roberta says...

Subject: Body Shaming

I'm a registered dietitian working in the weight-loss field. I use type as a way to help people lose weight in a way that is comfortable for their type.  Asking, say, Perceivers to keep a food diary could possibly set them up for failure.  But considering who they are can help them address the issue more sensitively.

Right now I'm concerned about all the body shaming that is occurring, especially on social media.  I'm trying to figure out where type fits into that.

Our population is the heaviest it's ever been. There is now 67% of the population who is either overweight or obese. There is a lot of body shaming happening today.

Do you think it's just because of the anonymity of social media, allowing people to say whatever they please, that we're seeing more body shaming? Do you believe there are certain personality types that would tend to do the body shaming?

What personality type do you think would react to body shaming by eating more to pacify the hurt felt?

Thanks for your input.

Bri the Health Coach (not verified) says...

Hi Roberta!

I am a health coach, working one on one with people to change their diets and lifestyles. I too see a lot of body shaming, but I think it is a multi level issue. I think body shaming has been prevalent in our society long before the internet. (Think pin up girls of ww2). I think that social media gives people who feel terrible about themselves an outlet to try to deflect that negativity into others without physical confrontation. I also see, in every single one of my clients, that they body shame themselves. It is heartbreaking and usually requires some intense internal work for my clients to make even a small shift away from this thought pattern. Again, I feel that this has been ingrained in people throughout the ages in our society. I believe every personality type has the potential to be a victim to this, either as someone who feels the need to bully others or as someone who feels they have to self loathe. I work to fix this every day. I hope this answer helps!

Flora - high school senior (not verified) says...

Hello Roberta, as a teenager that is very active on social media platforms like Instagram and Snapchat, I do believe a large part of body shaming is from the anonymity but i also know that has very little to do with why they body shame. I think body/beauty standards are ridiculous now and everyone who does not fit the mold is seen as "big" or out of fashion. Even people that are perfectly fine and healthy will see a reason to change themselves. Also, it is known that most insecure people perpetuate their own self loathing thoughts to others and social media is the perfect platform to do so. Modern day life is a breeding ground for this toxic behavior.

feni (not verified) says...

fellow enfj, i have 2 brothers that are infps who are morbidly obese, and a esfp mother who goes to overreaters anoymous classes, also morbid obese. i went into a depression and myself gained +100lbs. ive been making better health choices and not taking medications for depression ive now lost 80 lbs and ive been trying to get them healthy as well. Now i want to be a dietitian too lol. my dad "anytype" of shamed my mother, and she pacifies her unhappiness with eating, she wont acknowledge it as that and prefers the label and the connection. Eating and indulgence became a coping mech, i have no clue what my fathers personality is, but he is old school "call it as i see it" but just calling people fat to motivate is hard on infps. Im a millenial, and video games had alot of us in the house for longer periods of time and there was definitely the urge to hide from shamers as shaming was SOOOOOO common in those days, so id say, any type with a  Se - external Sensing as a third or forth function, or any type that jumps to those traits in bad times  will be the types to shame. The internet causes alot of people to participate unfortunately and some will do it just to connect to others especially with anonymity, so yea any type can do it if they are introduced to it. i havent opened up in a long time lol

Betazoid (not verified) says...

While certain personality types do gravitate toward certain clusters of mental illness, it's important to keep the two separate -- e.g., anyone of any personality type can suffer from bipolar or schizophrenia or anorexia.  There's a lot more going on with any given mental illness than PT such as family history, peer influences, genetics, possibly even things like food allergies.  That said, I think the personality disordered are most likely to be openly critical and devoid of empathy for others, as a general rule.

Regarding your question about fat shaming: I think a lot of it, sadly, is just typical social primate behavior.  One person does it and then others pile on. The big monkey hits the smaller monkey on the head because the big monkey can, and for no other reason.  It's a power thing, in part - it makes the big monkey feel strong and may have the side benefit of causing others to either admire the big monkey's strength, or at least to fear the big monkey. 

The Online Disinhibition Effect magnifies it, no doubt. Most people, being innately emotionally lazy, will say things online that they would never in a million years DARE to say to someone's face.  That and text is generally a terrible medium for communicating about anything fraught or sensitive because it strips away all facial expression, all body language, all tone of voice... all the things that help to humanize our interactions and help us to correctly discern someone's intent and motive in what they're saying.

It's also human nature to value the rare more than we value the common. These days it is rare for people to be slim, so slim people are seen as more attractive. In times and places where there was extreme scarcity, being plump was desirable and being too slim was seen as unattractive, so some of it is cultural.  In current Western culture, it is implied that anyone who is slim has their life under control, perhaps becasue others assume the slim person exercises a certain amount of dietary restaint (be it in amount, frequency, food choice, or some combination of the above), works out regularly, etc.  We admire in others what we like about ourselves and sometimes what we feel we are deficient in ourselves.  The ugly flip side is that we mock and despise in others what we fear in ourselves. When we see someone who is significantly overweight, we see someone out of control, and that makes us uncomfortable, because we fear that WE could someday be out of control.  My two cents. I hope it helps.  :-)

Jessica Jackson (not verified) says...

The people who tend to do body shaming or any type of internet trolling are disordered personalities in the Cluster B Personality Disorder group.  Covert narcisissts amd sociopaths come first to mind.  

Isabella T. (not verified) says...

Greetings Fellow Protagonists!!!!

I always thought I wanted to be an engineer b/c it sounds so interesting! But I guess I'll either be a nurse practitioner or perhaps a sales manager or maybe something completely different. Good thing I'm only in high school and not college!!! Everyone always told me I would be a great teacher so I might do that. 

Is it just me, or are all ENFJ Protagonists indecisive?

Jenna LC (not verified) says...

Why not still be an engineer? Or use skills similar to engineering. I just got my mechanical engineering degree and am now going to pursue a masters degree in animatronics. I found a way to make engineering better fit my creative personality. Go Enfj!!!

Elizah L (not verified) says...

Yes. The description listed above fits perfectly well but im also on engineering field. I’m happy to find one too! 

October J (not verified) says...

Yes, but we can be so unique we come off as weird. (Weird according to society) I was soooooo indecisive i never went to college but i went into the food industry as a waitress and bartender. Loved loved loved it......endless people to talk to AND learn from. I was definitely ready to move on and fate got me a job as a Prek. I fell in love. Its tough but rewarding. Children arent as judgemental either so I was able to b my rambunctious self. Everyday has a goal but we have flexibility in how we teach it. I got 

John Paul P. Caña says...

I am an engineer for 28 years. Just found out that Im ENFJ. The evaluation does reflects most about how I do and tend to do and be/tend to be. 

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