We all have different preferences in life, which certainly keeps it interesting and it’s no different when it comes to the type of occupation that we choose. So which personalities will flourish in which jobs?
If you’ve already taken one of our job types test, then below you’ll find out how to interpret your results. If you haven’t – log in to PersonaBubble and go to the More Tests section.
One useful way of looking at the different job types was devised by Professor John Holland. Based on different interests and personality traits, he grouped jobs into 6 areas. You can compare your results on the job type test with the following descriptions:
What – The ‘doers’. Do you like to get ‘hands on’ with your work?
Personality traits – People who enjoy working using their hands and using machinery and tools would be well suited to a ‘realistic’ job. Common traits include having high self-control, low anxiety and being more tough-minded. Other traits that can be common are being confident and practical, calm, self-disciplined and unemotional.
Example Industries – Agriculture, Trades, Construction, Dentistry and Athletics.
Example Jobs – Farmer, plumber, carpenter, mechanic, dentist, gardener, athlete or being in the military.
What – The ‘thinkers’. Do you enjoy working out solutions to problems?
Personality traits – If you enjoy using logic and solving abstract problems then you are likely to enjoy a job that is considered ‘investigative’. Common personality traits include being more reserved and having a preference for independent working, being logical and unemotional, composed and self-disciplined. Also found in this group are innovative and calm people who find themselves absorbed in ideas. Investigative types tend to like to work with theories; researching ideas and solving complex issues in new ways.
Example Industries – Science, Medicine, Technology and Universities.
Example Jobs –Scientist, psychologist, computer analyst, mathematician, archaeologist, biologist, pharmacist and doctor.
What – The ‘creators’. Do you enjoy creating your work from your imagination?
Personality traits – Common personality traits include being creative, using imagination at work, being adventurous, innovative and nonconformist. Creators tend to be more individualistic and socially confident than the norm but have a stronger appreciation for beauty, more likely to enjoy using self expression and prefer to work in a more flexible environment.
Example Industries – Theatre, Design, Fashion and Music.
Example Jobs – Artist, musician, dancer, actor, writer, illustrator, fashion designer or a web designer.
What – The ‘helpers’. Do you have a desire to help or teach others?
Personality traits – People who enjoy this type of work are concerned with the welfare of others and enjoy helping to solve problems using discussions and often by working as part of a group. Helpers tend to be warm, outgoing people who are open to change, and emotionally sensitive.
Example Industries – Schools, Social Services, Human Resources and Healthcare.
Example Jobs –Teacher, nurse, social worker, counsellor, human resources professional, childcare provider and minister.
What – The ‘persuaders’. Do you see yourself as a leader or influencer?
Personality traits – Persuaders are often energetic, self-confident and ambitious. They enjoy influencing others and taking on leadership roles. The typical persuader will have high extraversion, high self-control, high independence and low anxiety. This means they tend to be dominant and socially confident, outgoing people. They can be seen as warm, confident, realistic and conscientious.
Example Industries – Retail, Government, Politics and Law.
Example Jobs – Sales representative, business man/woman, politician, marketing manager, attorney, realtor and buyer.
What – The ‘organisers’. Do you enjoy organising schedules and following rules and processes?
Personality traits – People who enjoy conventional work tends to be logical and unsentimental, focusing on practical and concrete goals. Organisers, generally, are happy working in an environment with an established chain of command, they enjoy maintaining and manipulating data and organising schedules. Not surprisingly, they tend to be organised and self-disciplined and prefer conventional methods over new.
Example Industries – Finance, Accounting, Office work and Administration.
Example Jobs – Administrative assistant, office manager, accountant, copy editor, credit investigator, payroll clerk and secretary.
How to interpret your results?
As you have been reading through the different themes, you have probably found yourself thinking that more than one category describes your preferred working environment. This would be completely normal! Most people will have not have an extreme preference for one type of work and absolutely no interest in the others at all, and you can see that certain personality traits and job interests overlap. From your results of the Job Themes tests on PersonaBubble you should have a clearer idea of your top area of work that you find interesting. Using this information, you can see what areas of work may be worth considering based on your interests.
There are jobs that will fall under more than one category. For example, a baker would fall under the Artistic category, as they are using their imagination to create new recipes. However this is also a hands-on occupation, meaning that this could come under the Realistic category. This is worth bearing in mind when considering a change in career or new job.
You are likely to be happier and more satisfied if you are in a job suited to your strengths.