ESFJ Careers (A comprehensive list)

In this brief guide, we will look at some of the best ESFJ Careers and some ESFJ careers to avoid.

ESFJ Careers

ESFJ careers need to involve a high degree of interpersonal interaction because these individuals like to deal with people, and therefore some of the best ESFJ careers are:

  • School Administrator
  • Counselor
  • Social Worker
  • Court Reporter
  • Real Estate Appraiser
  • Health Care Administrator
  • Elementary Teacher
  • Special Education Teacher
  • Child Care Provider
  • Police Officer
  • Paralegal
  • Technical Writer

To put it in the most concise manner, ESFJ likes to get things done, but at the same time they care about people, which may mean that they like to get things done for other people more so than anything else.

The typical ESFJ wants to do things for other people and they want to understand other people like the ISFJ wants to care or the INFJ wants to comprehend.

Luckily for them, the ESFJ personality also has good interpersonal skills to work to organize people and processes and they may find that they understand the needs of others without much effort at all and this may make them seek to create structure to provide for people. 

Like many other personality types like ISTP or ESTP, these individuals like to see the results of their work in practical, observable ways, and in their case it may be work specifically pertaining to other people.

ESFJ Career Matches and Personality 

ESFJs thoroughly enjoy work and they are great at following through on any project they take on, and sometimes one might find them going forward with almost dogged determination to ensure that the thing they are trying to do, get done no matter what.

A great example of an ESFJ character Leslie Knope from the show Parks and Recreation is all we need to study to understand how the ESFJ personality and their career choices are connected, because Leslie Knope is one of the few bureaucrats in fiction (or in real life), who is in it for the people, and like so many other ESFJs, she cares about seeing results.

These individuals prefer careers with hierarchies and a high degree of structure and organization and they may often gain satisfaction from completing tasks with attention to order and detail. 

An ESFJ career would be ideal when it requires attention to procedure and specifications, and allows the ESFJ to work methodically to organize people and processes.

The ESFJ is also great at anticipating and understanding the needs of others, and they may sometimes be like Empaths as well, and they may often use this trait to create structures for people to flourish the best they can. 

ESFJs are also easily excitable, outgoing and fun-loving, which makes them the jolliest co-workers who nearly everyone will like, although the more serious people like the ISTP or the ISTJ may find them a bit cumbersome and too much to deal with, but the ESFJ usually wins the hearts they do lose with their merry nature with their practical ways of working.

An ESFJ can get down to business and get work done in obvious and observable ways like no other personality type, and this makes these individuals extremely efficient and great to work with, and they may often sweep even the most uninterested individuals into their projects.

The ESFJ career needs are also often centered around their society or their community and they often take on roles and projects that are beneficial to the community as a whole. (Think Leslie Knope and her obsession with building parks).

If the ESFJ is engaged in their community they will most likely follow through on all their work and they will definitely get results, especially if they are given a high degree of structure and organization. 

The typical ESFJ will get a lot of satisfaction from completing tasks and they will do so with their utmost attention to order and detail. 

ESFJs is a true extrovert and therefore they will always be the most comfortable working with others, and they are most energized by participating in a motivated, conscientious, action-oriented team. 

The ESFJ also has very deep set values and beliefs, and this means that any ESFJ career needs to be in accordance with these, because they can’t work for anyone who is not supportive and cooperative of their beliefs and motivations.

This does not mean that ESFJ needs everyone to agree with them, they just need their coworkers to understand and respect their ideals and beliefs if they are to work with them.

An ESFJ career will usually feature as its ideal work environment a place that works with clear expectations and has a friendly, structured atmosphere free from conflict or uncertainty, or where there are no unnecessary confrontations or arguments related to belief systems.

An ideal career for an ESFJ involves attention to procedure and specifications, and one in which they can hone and exercise their ability to be able to organize people and processes and at the same time work for the betterment of those around them as well as the community at large.

  • Optometrist
  • Respiratory Therapist
  • Pediatrician
  • Physician Assistant
  • Dietitian
  • Speech Pathologist
  • Nurse
  • Surgeon
  • Physical Therapist
  • Fitness Trainer
  • Dental Hygienist
  • Radiation Therapist
  • Hotel Manager
  • Caterer
  • Corporate Trainer
  • Medical AssistantMinister
  • Buyer
  • Public Relations Manager
  • HR Manager
  • Event Coordinator
  • Funeral Director
  • Real Estate Agent
  • Insurance Agent
  • Merchandise Planner
  • Family Physician
  • Dentist
  • Advertising Sales Agent
  • Office Manager
  • Fundraiser
  • Receptionist
  • Customer Service Representative

ESFJ Careers to Avoid

Any ESFJ career to avoid will have too much repetition or routine, or something that does not allow them to be enthusiastic about their work or work the way they want to.

Too many rules or regulations squashing them down, or too much red tape to deal with, or even just too much negativity from other people can often make the ESFJ personality lose their vigor and their will to work.

An ESFJ personality is known for their need to help other people, and therefore any career where they can’t focus on other people may be something that these people will not want to be a part of and they will likely avoid it.

Some of the major ESFJ careers to avoid are as follows:

  • Software Developer
  • Computer Programmer
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Chemist
  • Social Scientist
  • Economist
  • Power Plant Operator
  • Airline Pilot
  • Investment Banker
  • Attorney
  • Auditor
  • Tech Support Specialist
  • Farmer
  • Actor
  • Editor
  • Recreation Worker
  • Electrician

ESFJ Famous People 

Here is a list of some of the most famous ESFJ people:

  • Terry Bradshaw
  • Danny Glover
  • Sally Fields
  • Don Knotts
  • Gerald Ford
  • Pope Francis
  • Barbara Walters
  • William McKinley
  • Harry S. Truman
  • Regis Philbin
  • Adam Young
  • Andrew Carnegie
  • Rick Santorum
  • Sarah Palin
  • Bill Clinton
  • Sam Walton
  • Chris Wallace
  • Steve Harvey
  • Jennifer Garner
  • Nancy Kerrigan 
  • Sally Struthers
  • Dixie Carter
  • Jack Benny 
  • Steve Spurrier 
  • John Connally
  • Elvis Stojko
  • Larry King
  • Mary Tyler Moore
  • Desi Arnaz
  • Hugh Jackman
  • Anne Hathaway
  • Penelope Cruz

ESFJ Careers: Ideas and Reviews

To understand what some of the most commonly occurring ESFJ careers are, one might want to look at some reviews of ESFJ careers by people who have this personality.

Therefore, given below are some account from ESFJ people of their career, which may give you a direction to look in if you are searching for your career:

“I just realized today I should consider athletic or performance coaching. I was cheering on a friend who feels really sensitive about exercising and is just getting back into it. It felt really good to be giving him true and real advice (the more you put effort into something, the more you will want to come back to it- it’s true it’s like a drug in your brain. it has to do with subconscious mental engagement). I could totally see myself being really happy, watching people get better and better at stuff and challenging themselves and feeling good about themselves because that’s exactly what I like to see. Social sciences interest me especially in its application so that could be another reason why I find the role of a coach appealing. My personality dictates the “happy seeing others grow” part.”

“I’m an account manager for a logistics company. I am basically in charge of client retention. so yup, I deal with people. I think I’m doing a good job since I recently got a 30% salary increase but I think it was because of how I analyze and present data? I actually enjoy doing this than pacifying ’cause people are r u d e”

“My BF is a GIS analyst for the local government. He spends about half his time making maps, sorting and analyzing data, and the other half interacting with people in different departments (police, fire, public works) to determine their needs and teach them how to use different tools. He really likes it and it’s a good mix of human interaction and focused computer time, and offers a regular schedule and routine that works for his ESFJ brain”

“Nursing is a great option. I would add that most professions in healthcare would be compatible for ESFJs. I’ll be pursuing my doctorate in physical therapy starting this Wednesday. I think it’s perfect for me because it’s personable, I’m directly helping others, it’s stable, and I feel like I’m doing something productive for society. Other options include occupational therapy, speech language pathologist, physician assistant, and really anything else. Our auxiliary Si is good for this field, too.”


In this brief guide, we looked at some of the best ESFJ Careers and some ESFJ careers to avoid.

ESFJ personalities are known for their understanding of people around them and their tendency to be very focused on the details of information they know.

These individuals are known as the Consuls, and this is because they tend to be very conscientious and helpful, and they often go to any extent to help the people they care about.

If you have any questions or comments about the ESFJ careers, please feel free to reach out to us at any time.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): ESFJ Careers

What careers are good for ESFJ?

Some careers that are good for ESFJ are:

Real Estate Agent. 
Corporate Trainer. 
Special Education Teacher. 
Office Manager.
Advertising Sales Agent.

Is ESFJ a good personality?

Yes, ESFJ is a good personality, which may be true for any other personality as well. There are no good or bad personality types per se, there are only psychologically healthy or unhealthy people, and the ESFJ personality can seem good or bad on the basis of the healthy or unhealthy traits of the person. Some of the good traits of the ESFJ personality are that they are extremely good at reading others, and understanding their point of view. 

What does ESFJ a stand for?

ESFJ stands for Extraversion, Sensing, Feeling, Judging, and this personality type is also known as the consul.

The ESFJ personality type is known for their attention to detail and their people oriented nature which makes them great at understanding the feelings and motivations of others very easily.


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