Enneagram 4w5 Careers: The Best Jobs (+5 List)

This article will not only introduce the enneagram type 4w5 by describing its fears, desires and of course major personality traits but also highlight what jobs suit this enneagram type and why. The article will also point to jobs that are not well suited for this enneagram type.

Enneagram Type 4w5 Careers: Best & Worst

Here is a list of the careers that suit the enneagram type 4w5:

  • Actor
  • Librarian
  • Artist
  • Architect
  • Musician
  • Graphic Designer
  • Musician
  • Chefs

Here are some jobs that are not suitable for the enneagram type 4w5:

  • Financial Analyst
  • Executive Assistant
  • Waiter/Server

Before we take a look at some of these jobs in detail, we will introduce the enneagram 4w5 to the readers.

The 4w5 Enneagram: The Free Spirit

This enneagram type is a combination of traits mostly from the enneagram 4 with some traits from the enneagram type 5 as well. Compared to most enneagram type 4’s, this one is not very concerned with their public image and hence do not worry too much about how others will think of them. Furthermore, the type 4 enneagram is more into developing a deeper understanding of themselves and the world around them.

To develop a deeper understanding of things, the type 4w5 enneagram tends to engage in behaviours like introspection, imagination and deep thinking. They are also very creative as a result and like to focus on their perception of their environment. This enneagram type is driven by a deeper desire to truly understand the world and how it operates. The main purpose behind this is that they want to develop themselves in such a way that they can affect the world profoundly and also develop a self identity; it is important to develop the self keeping in mind the type of place they live in.

By engaging in such behaviours, the type 4w5 enneagram may seem distant at times; others may think they do not want to talk or interact, however in reality they are just too busy thinking about themselves and the world they live in. this might be one reason why people may think they are not too approachable or friendly!

Their ability to spend much time in their mind and the creative thinking style they have allows them to solve problems in a unique and beneficial manner. They are also very much thirsty for knowledge and have an urge to learn more and more about things. Hence, they are smart individuals who keep growing day by day with the knowledge they gain!

The Free Spirit & Fears

The type 4w5 enneagram also has their fears! The biggest fear they have – apart from not having enough knowledge – is to not be able to impact the world they live in. They want to be able to make a difference using the knowledge and skills they have and benefit people in such a manner that they are remembered or leave behind a legacy. These individuals are quiet and reserved and tend to stay in their own shell at times but they do want to be appreciated for what they do. They don’t even mind getting the recognition they deserve because they are putting in a lot of hard work.

However, despite the hard work they put in, they do fear not being able to affect things in a way that changes them for the better. Also, they do have a deeper desire that may not be so apparent; they want to be looked up to by others for what they have done for the society.

The Desire of the 4w5 Enneagram

Apart from having enough knowledge and wanting to impact the world in a positive manner, the enneagram type 4w5 wants to be able to develop their own personal identity in the entire process. They want to be known as someone who is unique and not just like others.

Hence, to achieve this, they will often stay put in their shell where they will introspect their inner selves to actually determine who they are and what purpose they have. They engage in deep thought that allows them to understand themselves more in light of the situation they are in and what is required of them. 

In the process, the type 4w5 enneagram may protect themselves by staying distant from others or conforming to how others think they should behave.

Enneagram Type 4w5 Careers

In this section we will look at careers that are not only good but bad ones too!


This is one great job an enneagram type 4w5 should consider because they can be creative or expressive when it comes to acting, especially if the role is one that reflects their true personality!

Acting is an interesting role where the individual forms a deep bond with the character they play and tries their best to express it in the best manner possible. In this type of job, the enneagram type will have to be expressive and creative because they need to find ways in which they can allow the character to be expressed in the manner it was designed or created to be.

Hence, this is one job the type 4w5 enneagram should consider.


As we mentioned before, the type 4w5 enneagram is one that likes to keep a distance between themself and others. They tend to remain in their own creative world where they like to engage in their imagination. 

Being a librarian, not only can they add to their internal world of creativity and imagination through the endless world of books, but also they can get the time they need for themself!

A librarian is someone who manages the entire deck! They immerse themselves in a sea of books that they not only love but know very well to the extent that they can easily guide others. Furthermore, they help create the world of thought not only for themself but others too, especially those who need time to themself.


This is another profession that allows an enneagram type 4w5 to express their inner creativity as well as their desires, emotions and thoughts. An artist is someone who is in control of their own product and they can do as they wish!

Like other professions, this one also allows the type 4w5 enneagram to live in a world of their own where they do not necessarily always have to interact with others.


Architecture is indeed an interesting field that brings to life the dreams of people. Here, the enneagram type 4w5 can work their magic and bring it to life. They won’t be the ones building the masterpiece of a home but the brains behind designing it!


Another field where the enneagram type 4w5 can express themself is that of a musician! They can be the ones behind the music in your life and they can do so in a manner that pleases them and allows them to express themself!


Being a chef is indeed a fun job but one that requires a lot of dedication, hard work and of course creativity. The chef is the one who is behind the artwork taking place in the kitchen. It is not only a great way to interact with people by keeping at a distance but also a way to express your taste and creativity in food!

Worst Jobs

Here are a few examples of jobs that do not suit the enneagram type 4w5 and why!

Financial Analyst

A desk job that does not entail much creativity but more of a research oriented approach is definitely not what an enneagram type 4w5 wants! They will get bored with the numbers and may even get irritated by the framework of finance that they have to work within!

Executive Assistant

The enneagram type 4w5 is the one who wants to be where the magic happens and this is because of the creativity they have within them! They want to bring things to life instead of managing them or help people work. Being an executive assistant may seem like an attractive opportunity but not one for the enneagram type under discussion.


Although waiters have an interesting job where they meet people everyday, this one is not for the enneagram type. It is obvious! They do not want to be the ones serving the products but the ones creating them! Hence, this is not a job for an enneagram type 4w5 because they do not get much chance to be creative here and of course they have to interact with people a lot which is something they may not want to do all the time!


This article took a look at the type 4w5 enneagram and explained its traits, fears and desires. The article then focused on the type 4w5 enneagram’s career prospects and highlighted, as well as explained why, which jobs are good or bad for this type!




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