MBTI® Test ENFP Hairdresser, Hairstylist, and Cosmetologist

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

For individuals who have taken the Myers-Briggs Test (MBTI®) assessment and assessed as having the ENFP personality type, finding a fulfilling career is about identifying a path that allows them to be enthusiastic, sociable, and supportive while maintaining their own independence when making decisions at work. Some of the more popular ENFP careers can include hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists. ENFP individuals are well adept at comprehending how people function and who are warm and friendly; creating a positive experience for customers. This is an important aspect of the Extraverted-Intuition-Feeling-Perceiving (ENFP) MBTI test personality type.

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Individuals who choose to take on a hairdresser, hairstylist, or cosmetologist ENFP career position often find themselves performing a variety of beauty service related tasks focusing on hair, skin, and makeup. These tasks can include cutting, trimming and shaping hair or hairpieces, based on customers’ instructions, hair type and facial features, using clippers, scissors, trimmers and razors. They also shape eyebrows and remove facial hair using depilatory cream, wax or electrolysis. Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists can also analyze patrons’ hair and other physical features to determine and recommend beauty treatment or suggest hair styles. They also spend a fair amount of their time shampooing, rinsing, conditioning and drying hair and scalp or hairpieces with water, liquid soap, or other solutions. Individuals in these professions may also give facials to patrons using special compounds such as lotions and creams.

Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists also update and maintain customer information records, such as beauty services provided. In addition, they keep work stations clean and sanitize the tools of their trade.

The areas of knowledge that are important for a career as a hairdresser, hairstylist, and cosmetologist include the knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services, knowledge of proper hair and skin care, and the safe use of chemicals, their synergies and danger signs associated with bad interactions.

Certain skills and abilities are very important for these ENFP careers. Having a strong service orientation and an ability to actively listen while working is a great boon as you will be working directly with the public. Arm-hand steadiness and general manual and finger dexterity is also required for these fields.

Due to the specific nature of these careers, hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists generally require training in a specific vocational school along with additional on the job training. Building up work experience will also play a big role when exploring competitive markets.

Below are some employment trends for Hairdresser, Hairstylist, and Cosmetologists:

  • Median wage: $11.12 hourly, $23,120 annually
  • Employment: 611,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2012-2022): Average (8% to 14%)
  • Projected job openings (2012-2022): 220,600

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References:

  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics wage data and 2012-2022 employment projections Onetonline.org
  1. MBTI® Type Tables for Occupations, 2nd Edition. Schaubhut, N. & Thompson, R. (CPP, 2008)
  1. Introduction To Type and Careers, Hammer, A. (CPP, 1996