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ENFP Careers To Avoid

Updated on August 23, 2017

What do ENFPs not enjoy in their careers?

Although it's said that people of any personality type can be happy in any occupation, if you're an ENFP you've probably found that you like jobs which are interesting, enjoyable and personally meaningful to you.

You may like working with people. Or being creative. Or being in jobs that help people and making a positive difference.

Or even better, a career that combines all of these!!

On the other hand you may have found that you aren't as keen on careers that involve a lot of routine. You know the ones, those where rules and procedures need to be strictly followed and those where attention to detail and thorough follow-through are required.

This page lists jobs that contain a lot of the things that many ENFPs have said they don't enjoy doing on a regular basis.

Or at all !!

This should help you know whether they're likely to be careers you'll enjoy. Or not so much!

And of course, this isn't intended to replace careers advice which has been tailored to your own specific situation. It's very much general advice based on the input of many people who are self-identified as ENFP personality types. Do not use this to base career decisions on, if you're in need of careers advice please seek the guidance of a careers professional.

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10 Careers ENFPs have said they don't like

  • Computer hardware engineer
  • Insurance adjuster
  • Administrator
  • Mechanical engineer
  • Cold calling telesales
  • Investment banker
  • Corporate attorney
  • High school chemistry teacher
  • Proof reader
  • Quality manager
  • .........10 more ENFP careers to avoid below

Which do you prefer?

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Is Your Career Off-Track?

Discover 7 reasons why you may be in a career you don't like

Do you like managing lots of intricate details?

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Here's another 10... - (have a look at the comments lower down in the lens to see what people have said about these jobs)

  • Long distance truck driver
  • Purchasing officer, procurement manager
  • Accountant
  • Plumber
  • Systems administrator (computing)
  • Building official, building control officer, building control surveyor
  • Business operations manager
  • Carpenter
  • Traffic warden, parking enforcement officer
  • Compliance associate, compliance manager, contract compliance officer
  • ...and another 10 below

enfp careers need variety
enfp careers need variety

Do you like to do new things at work? Or do you prefer an established routine?

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And the final 10 careers... - (remember to check out the comments below)

  • Security guard
  • Commercial manager
  • Factory supervisor
  • Budget analyst
  • Logistics manager/officer
  • Bank clerk, teller, manager
  • Electrician
  • Construction, general contractor
  • Optometrist
  • Dental technician

Is it important to you to like your job or career?

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How many jobs have you had?

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What Do Other ENFPs Think?

Over 2,000 people have taken our careers quiz to see how their job or career matches up with what ENFPs say they need for career satisfaction.

questions that asked not only about the job you do on a daily basis, but about the environment you work in.

What we’ve found is that there’s more to it than the job you do on a daily basis. The workplace environment you’re in is very important to ENFPs. Here are two of the areas we’re seeing people being the unhappiest:

1. The People and Atmosphere

The people part of a workplace can be very important to ENFPs. We want to be appreciated, to like the people we work with and to be able to build positive and supportive relationships. And we thrive on being able to help people, whether it’s our co-workers or customers.

Unfortunately many people underestimate the importance of this and often we just don’t seem to function very well in contentious atmospheres where conflict is the normal way of working as it seems to be in some workplaces unfortunately.

The same goes for in impersonal workplaces where excessive competition and/or criticism are the main methods of motivation.

Even if the job itself is exciting and interesting to us, we’ve known ENFPs who’ve felt that working atmospheres like this drained their energy completely.

Does this sound like your situation?

Are there particular relationships at your workplaces which are not working for you, or is the atmosphere of the organization as a whole not a positive one?

2. Flexibility And Variety

ENFPs also tend to prefer some degree of flexibility and change and a lot of the folks who got low scores in the quiz had a very low score on the flexibility question.

What job sounds the least appealing to you? - (it's OK if it's all of them)

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      Waza 6 months ago

      Add architect to that list, you'd think but no. The extreme detail of working drawings and lack of free time will dead you inside.

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      Sandi 15 months ago

      Hey, John! I'm with ya! "Wish I knew then what I know now!"

      I have been a part time (cuz I can't stand it) Optometrist for 25 years (yes, 25 for financial security!!! And fear...) and have ALWAYS been looking for a new career. Have had my hand in entrepreneurship during the same amount of time to work the creative side of my brain. Looking to figure out how to use so many years being in the industry (& a Ton of online marketing and sales knowledge) and get a new career that feeds my soul. Maybe consulting. Any ideas greatly welcomed!

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      John 16 months ago

      Electrician for 15 years. I've hated it but I have a wife and 4 kids that I've had to provide for. My wife is going back to the working field after being a stay at home mom for the last 8 years. She'll make enough that I'm finally pursuing real estate which is a career that has interested me for a long time.

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      Jonn 17 months ago

      Optometrist and I dont like it, searching everyday of new job that will suite me. ENFP

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      zulfi 18 months ago

      All auditory style of living and strict rules office bank ...analysing always

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      anonymous 18 months ago

      I could never be a proof reader I would DIE! lol

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      MiserableAccountantENFP 18 months ago

      I'm working in Accounting now (went for it in school to try and make a "smart" decision) and I hate it! With the student loans I have now, I feel trapped in moving to a different profession. I wish I could go back and follow my heart instead of trying to play it smart.

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      mc 19 months ago

      Are there any Realtors out there struggling to enjoy their job "hustling" to find business and always being "on"?

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      shell 22 months ago

      I'm another trained account that has abandoned my career to live a happy life. Now on crappy money working as a carer im so much happier. Many people can't understand why I work in care when I could have a cushy office job!! Whats money if your bored out of your mind!!

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      Matt 23 months ago

      My dad is an electrician, and he always hoped i would follow in his footsteps. So i have wasted 2 years of college in an HVAC program and hated ever minute of it!! I hate maintence work so much! And i have seen several maintence jobs listed, so that really makes so much sense to me now.

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      emross14 23 months ago

      Another one to add to the list is financial adviser.

      It has been extremely process driven. Less and less about people.

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      anonymous 2 years ago

      I'm an ENFP and an accountant by profession, an auditor in particular. Back in college, I thought that I would be able to love my chosen degree because it is prestigious and promising, plus knowing my family would be proud of me if I earned my CPA title.

      Everything just felt so wrong and every working day feels like I am losing my true self, deviating away from my core. All along, I realized that I just loved the pride and recognition that my family and relatives gave me upon becoming a CPA.

      I never liked the mundane and tedious tasks related to accounting. The basic concepts and principles are constrained inside the box, following standards on how to report this and that. The procedures are repetitive and there is no room for creativity and "thinking outside the box". The discipline in accounting is like being trapped in a rat race.

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      Steph 2 years ago

      I've worked in telesales and was a proof reader. I was good at my job but I was really unhappy all the time. I do design now, fast paced, travelling and always working with new ideas! Much better

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      Jen 2 years ago

      I just got a job as a financial specialist. Meaning Im in a bank then talk to people about insurance & investment options. Is this a good job for an ENFP or no?

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      GrowthSpark 2 years ago

      Hey Kelly, your experiences reflect very closely what we've heard from a lot of others. We've had people tell us that they didn't enjoy being a dental assistant and we've known lots of folks say they've enjoyed news reporting, public relations, and all sorts of counseling - those do seem like great jobs for ENFPs. Glad to hear you found what worked and also that you were happy moving around a bit, that's also a 'must' for a lot of us.

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      Kelly 2 years ago

      I can totally relate to this list and would be miserable in most of these jobs. It also reflects what happened when my father sent me to dental assistant school in my youth so I could get a "good job" like my cousin. I had fun in the class but when I got out in the field I felt unhappy, awkward, and out-of-place. Later I went into news reporting, public relations, and now college counseling -- all very enjoyable to me.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I am 25 and have grown up with the career guidance that its important 'to get a good job with good money', also strongly encouraged to go into business/real estate. I am now trying to decide on a career that would make me happy after a succession of jobs that have made me unhappy. After doing lots of research to look further into careers that would suit my personality and realising I am an ENFP, I am thinking of either teaching or physiotherapy. Still feeling undecided however but its good to be able to find this information online! I also like the idea of becoming a Life/career coach, is there anyone else out there who is one?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I had a panic attack.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: LOL!!!

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      GrowthSpark 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I hear you Veronica! You're not the first ENFP we've seen say that. Hope you're now doing something you enjoy better.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I did Security and I hated it with a passion!!!!!

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      GrowthSpark 4 years ago

      @SteveKaye: Thanks Steve. Sounds like you've got yourself a great mix there, sounds wonderful!

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      SteveKaye 4 years ago

      Right now I work all over the career map. I take photos of birds (lots of patience) and I give talks about birds (lots of uncertainty) and I write articles (lots of creativity). Great article.

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      GrowthSpark 4 years ago

      @anonymous: LoL....with you on that one!!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I fell asleep just reading that list...

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      GrowthSpark 4 years ago

      @sageinacage lm: I've heard that from a number of ENFPs sageinacage. Where do you start - not enough people contact, variety, change etc., etc.!

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      sageinacage lm 4 years ago

      I could not imagine myself working as a budget analyst. I thrive on working with people. I chose a career in psychology and can't imagine doing anything else. I have met a lot of ENFP psychologists.

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      GrowthSpark 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks for the comment Isaac. Although that career works for some people there's not a lot about it that would appeal to an ENFP.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      security guard omg that would be the worst!

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      GrowthSpark 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Glad it helped Valerie. I've known of other ENFPs who've also enjoyed being paramedics. I'll add paramedic as a good ENFP job to my Squidoo lens on ENFP jobs to let other ENFPs out there know about it. Many thanks for the comment.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      This explains SOOO much! I love my job as a paramedic, constantly moving and changing, meeting new people, helping them out, and NOT being micromanaged by anyone. The ideas of telesales or budget analysis make me shudder.

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      GrowthSpark 5 years ago

      @anonymous: I hear you Shane, you sound like a typical ENFP my friend! Thanks for the comment.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I hate factory and labour related work. I find them too mundane and I need to use my head. Also they are not social enough for me.

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      GrowthSpark 5 years ago

      @TeacherSerenia: I'm with you on that all the way. I was advised to become an accountant as it was 'a good job' but when I went for the initial interviews I just felt sick to my stomach! Glad I trusted my intuition on that one. Thanks for the comment.

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      TeacherSerenia 5 years ago

      Accountant and any statistics related jobs. Tried them both and HATED them. I am NOT a numbers person.

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      GrowthSpark 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi Marty, thanks for the comment. I failed statistics first time round in college, tho I did quite well in the accountancy module. Wouldn't fancy being an accountant tho'!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Accountant. Even though I aced Statistics in college (a few all-nighters were required, hah!) it was excruciatingly dull and detail-oriented. No abstract theory to play around with, all those numbers... bleh!

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      GrowthSpark 5 years ago

      @cynthiannleighton: I'll totally with you!

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      cynthiannleighton 5 years ago

      Most:-)