Careers for ESFJ Personality Types

Whether you're a young adult trying to find your place in the world, or a not-so-young adult trying to find out if you're moving along the right path, it's important to understand yourself and the personality traits that will impact your likeliness to succeed or fail at various careers. It's equally important to understand what is really important to you. When armed with an understanding of your strengths and weaknesses, and an awareness of what you truly value, you are in an excellent position to pick a career that you will find rewarding.

ESFJs generally have the following traits:

  • Organized
  • Loyal
  • Can be depended on to follow things through to completion
  • Enjoy creating order, structure and schedules
  • Enjoy interacting with people
  • Warm-hearted and sympathetic
  • Tend to put others' needs above their own
  • Very good at giving practical care
  • Very cooperative, good team members
  • Practical and down-to-earth
  • Value peaceful living and security
  • Enjoy variety, but work well with routine tasks
  • Need approval from others
  • Receive satisfaction from giving to others
  • Live in the here and now - dislike theorizing about the future
The ESFJ has two primary traits that will help define their best career direction: 1) they are extremely organized and enjoy creating order, and 2) much of their self-satisfaction is gotten through giving and helping others. Accordingly, they will do well at tasks that involve creating or maintaining order and structure, and they will be happiest when they are serving others.

The following list of professions is built on our impression of careers that would be especially suitable for an ESFJ. It is meant to be a starting place, rather than an exhaustive list. There are no guarantees that any or all of the careers listed here would be appropriate for you, or that your best career match is among those listed.

Possible Careers Paths for ESFJ:

   Child Care
   Office Manager
   Social Worker
   Administrative Assistant

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