MBTI® Test ENFP Recreation Workers

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

Hammer (1996) observes that people who use their MBTI Personality Types to choose careers, tend to make selections that play to their strengths and to activities they enjoy. For instance, Extraverted-Intuition-Feeling-Perceiving (ENFP) MBTI Personality Types tend to enjoy working with others to achieve a common goal. They bring people skills and creativity, and are fulfilled by caring for others or the environment. These personality  preferences, among others, result in ENFP MBTI Types being well suited in careers such as recreation workers.

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Recreation workers work at pools, water parks, or other recreational places and manage their daily operations. They work with other employees, managers, and administrators to assure that clients have the best possible experience. They greet new arrivals, introduce them to activities or other individuals, and encourage participation. They also may direct special activities or events, or brainstorm new ideas. On the more serious side, recreation workers may introduce new staff members to rules and regulations of the organization, and evaluate and record staff performance. When necessary, they may also need to discipline attendees who are misbehaving or damaging the premises, and even call security. In the case of a medical issue or emergency, recreation workers may be called to assist, either in providing basic first aid (many are certified as first-responders or as lifeguards), or in contacting medical professionals and caring for the patient until they arrive.

Being a successful recreation worker requires knowledge of certain tools and technology, but the precise nature of those tools can vary widely. A roller coaster operator and a lifeguard at a waterpark are both recreation workers but have very different technical skills. Some examples of useful tools are: using a cash register, first-aid kids, electronic score boards, passenger vans, microphones, ladders, and many more. Technology and software includes the now-ubiquitous Microsoft office suite (including Word, publisher, Outlook, Excel, and PowerPoint), as well as Email software like Google Mail and scheduling software.

The most important skill of a recreation worker is active listening and personal service. At the end of the day, their job is to make sure that people have fun safely. To this end, a knowledge of the English language, and of administration and management are also useful. Particularly to those working in educational sites or who are working with children, a foundational knowledge of psychology is also useful. Most recreational workers develop this knowledge in college while earning a bachelor’s degree, but many function with only a high school diploma as well.

Below are some employment trends for Public Recreation Workers:

  • Median wage: $10.88 hourly, $22,620 annually
  • Employment: 345,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2012-2022): Average (8% to 14%)
  • Projected job openings (2012-2022): 89,700


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  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)