MBTI® Test ENFP Counseling Psychologists

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

ENFP MBTI Types are usually energetic, outgoing, and friendly with large circles of friends. Being attracted to a wide variety of activities and interests, and conveying an enthusiasm for life in a way that draws others to them, aids significantly in the acquisition of a career. One of the more popular ENFP careers includes counseling psychologists, who, for example, have outstanding societal skills, being shockingly intuitive. They are very gifted, spirited, and future-oriented people, easily seeing the bigger picture. This is the essence of the Extroverted Intuition with Introverted Feeling ENFP MBTI Types personality. (Myers, CPP. 1998)

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On any given day, persons in a counseling psychologist ENFP career position often find themselves performing a variety of tasks that will vary based on their work environment. Counseling Psychologists spend a fair amount of their time counseling individuals, groups, or families to help them understand problems, dealing with crisis situations, defining goals, and developing realistic action plans. They collect information about individuals or clients, using interviews, case histories, observational techniques, and other assessment methods. Similarly they document patient information including session notes, progress notes, recommendations, and treatment plans. They also consult with other professionals, agencies, or universities to discuss therapies, treatments, counseling resources or techniques, and to share occupational information.

Counseling Psychologists use a variety of computer software along with the required hardware. They utilize Desktop or Laptop computers to power their medical, analytical, and scientific software. They also may utilize biofeedback equipment such as Electromyography EMG units.

The areas of knowledge that are important for a career as a counseling psychologist include but are not limited to; knowledge of human behavior and performance along with individual differences in personality, interests, and abilities; principles and processes related to therapy and counseling; knowledge of group behavior and dynamics related to Sociology and Anthropology along with general personal and customer service principles.

Likewise, certain skills are very important for these ENFP careers, including the ability to be socially perceptive, to listen actively, and being able to persuade others to change their minds or behavior, while conveying information to others effectively with the ability to think critically using logic and reasoning.

Individuals who want to be Counseling Psychologists need to be dependable, honest, and ethical while maintaining self-control even when dealing with highly emotional or unpredictable individuals. Being sensitive to others’ needs and feelings is also very important.

Due to the higher level of cognitive reasoning and critical decision making requirements of this career, counseling psychologists generally require a master’s degree or a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D., and five or more years of related on-the-job experience.

Below are employment trends for counseling psychologists:

  • Median wage: $33.12 hourly, $68,900 annually
  • Employment: 145,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2012-2022): Average (8% to 14%)
  • Projected job openings (2012-2022): 55,900


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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)