MBTI® Test ENFJ Child Care Workers

Strong Interest Inventory® General Occupational Theme Code: Social, Artistic (SA) (GOT)

ENFJ Myers-Briggs Types are driven by empathy for other people and are focused on their values and vision. ENFJs are very aware of the needs of others and being optimistic and intuitive they see every opportunity to help and improve. Some of the most popular ENFJ careers can include child care workers, who are, for example, natural teachers who tend to take charge of any given situation, lending aid to those who are in need. This is the essence of  Extroverted Feeling with Introverted Intuition ENFJ Myers-Briggs Types. (Myers, CPP. 1998)

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Child care workers often find themselves performing a large range of tasks at their respective job locations such as schools, private households, and childcare institutions. These tasks can include keeping records on individual children, including daily observations and information about activities, meals served, and medications administered. Individuals in this ENFJ career path will also dress children, change diapers, and sanitize play toys and equipment. Child care workers can also be found supporting children’s emotional and social development, encouraging understanding of others and positive self-concepts. They also spend a fair amount of their time identifying signs of emotional or developmental problems in children and bringing them to parents’ or guardians’ attention. Child care workers also communicate with children’s parents or guardians about daily activities, behaviors, and related issues. Similarly, they instruct children in health and personal habits, such as eating, bathing, and toilet habits.

The variety of tools necessary to complete these tasks will vary by location, but will relate to each task. Tools may include washing machines, first aid kits, oral medical syringes, and may also include some technical tools like computers and photocopiers. In certain positions knowledge of computer scheduling and processing software may also be important.

The areas of knowledge that are important for a career as a child care worker include but are not limited to; knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services, knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training, first aid knowledge, as well as a general knowledge of human behavior and performance.

This ENFJ career path tends to attract individuals with a strong service orientation and sense of social perceptiveness. As these individuals will work with children of various ages and developmental levels, it is beneficial if participants are able to express themselves clearly and have an elevated level of speech recognition among those that are less developed. Individuals entering this career path should be highly dependable, good natured and cooperative while also being able to maintain self-control and integrity even under stressful scenarios.

Child care workers have a generally modest educational requirement which includes a high school diploma. Related on the job experience, in addition to some on the job training is also important. A career as a child care worker may be a quality career path for  ENFJ Myers-Briggs Types as they are likely to be appreciated for their unique personality gifts and contributions not to mention the fact that it can also act as a stepping stone toward other ENFJ child psychology based careers that require higher levels of education.

Below are employment trends for child care workers:

  • Median wage: $9.48 hourly, $19,730 annually
  • Employment: 1,310,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2012-2022): Average (8% to 14%)
  • Projected job openings (2012-2022): 570,000
[Information retrieved from Bureau of Labor Statistics wage data and 2012-2022 employment projections]

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References:

  1. Introduction to Type (Isabel Briggs Myers, 1998, CPP Inc.)
  2. Introduction to Type and Careers (Allen L. Hammer, 2007, CPP Inc.)
  3. Bureau of Labor Statistics wage data and 2012-2022 employment projections Onetonline.org
  4. MBTI® Type Tables for Occupations, 2nd Edition. Schaubhut, N. & Thompson, R. (CPP, 2008)