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Common Careers for Personality Types


BSM Consulting, Inc., compiled a list of careers chosen by professionals with certain personality types. These character traits, and the careers they are associated with, are suggestions. The information is meant to provide a possible direction. For a complete and personal career evaluation, one should consult with a guidance counselor or other professional.

The Duty Fulfillers

Character Traits

  • Value tradition, security, and peaceful living
  • Will work long and hard to fulfill duties
  • Can be depended on to follow through on tasks
  • Loyal and faithful
  • Stable, practical and down-to-earth
  • Family-minded
  • Dislike doing things which don't make sense to them
  • Dislike abstract theory, unless they see the practical application
  • Natural leaders
  • Prefer to work alone, but work well in teams when necessary
  • Extremely observant, they take in facts via their senses and store them internally
  • Vast, rich inner store of facts which they rely on to understand problems which they encounter in their lives
  • Profound respect for facts and concrete information
  • Make decisions objectively, applying logic and rational thinking
  • Dislike change, unless they are shown it's benefit in a concrete way
  • Have strong opinions about the way things should be done
  • Appreciate structured, orderly environments
  • Have very high standards for their own behavior and the behavior of others
  • Not naturally in-tune with other people's feelings
  • Able to accomplish almost anything if they put their minds to it
  • Community minded "good citizens"

Careers Matched

  • Business Executives
  • Administrators and Managers
  • Accountants and Financial Officers
  • Police and Detectives
  • Judges
  • Lawyers
  • Medical Doctors / Dentists
  • Computer Programmers or Systems Analysts
  • Military Leaders

The Guardians

Character Traits

  • Natural leaders - they like to be in charge
  • Value security and tradition
  • Loyal
  • Hard-working and dependable
  • Athletic and wholesome
  • Have a clear set of standards and beliefs which they live by
  • No patience with incompetence or inefficiency
  • Excellent organizational abilities
  • Enjoy creating order and structure
  • Very thorough
  • Will follow projects through to completion
  • Straight-forward and honest
  • Driven to fulfill their duties

Careers Matched

  • Military leaders
  • Business Administrators and Managers
  • Police / Detective work
  • Judges
  • Financial Officers
  • Teachers
  • Sales Representatives

The Nurturers

Character Traits

  • Large, rich inner store of information which they gather about people
  • Highly observant and aware of people's feelings and reactions
  • Excellent memory for details which are important to them
  • Very in-tune with their surroundings - excellent sense of space and function
  • Can be depended on to follow things through to completion
  • Will work long and hard to see that jobs get done
  • Stable, practical, down-to-earth - they dislike working with theory and abstract thought
  • Dislike doing things which don't make sense to them
  • Value security, tradition, and peaceful living
  • Service-oriented: focused on what people need and want
  • Kind and considerate
  • Likely to put others' needs above their own
  • Learn best with hands-on training
  • Enjoy creating structure and order
  • Take their responsibilities seriously
  • Extremely uncomfortable with conflict and confrontation

Careers Matched

  • Interior Decorators
  • Designers
  • Nurses
  • Administrators and Managers
  • Administrative Assistants
  • Child Care / Early Childhood Development
  • Social Work / Counselors
  • Paralegals
  • Clergy / Religious Workers
  • Office Managers
  • Shopkeepers
  • Bookkeepers
  • Home Economics

The Caregivers

Character Traits

 

  • Organized
  • Loyal
  • Can be depended on to follow things through to completion
  • Enjoy creating order, structure and schedules
  • Enjoy interacting with people
  • Warm-hearted and sympathetic
  • Tend to put others' needs above their own
  • Very good at giving practical care
  • Very cooperative, good team members
  • Practical and down-to-earth
  • Value peaceful living and security
  • Enjoy variety, but work well with routine tasks
  • Need approval from others
  • Receive satisfaction from giving to others
  • Live in the here and now - dislike theorizing about the future

Careers Matched

 

  • Home Economics
  • Nursing
  • Teaching
  • Administrators
  • Child Care
  • Family Practice Physician
  • Clergy or other religious work
  • Office Managers
  • Counselors / Social Work
  • Bookkeeping / Accounting
  • Administrative Assistants

The Mechanics

Character Traits

  • Interested in how and why things work
  • Do not function well in regimented, structured environments. They will either feel stifled or become intensely bored
  • Constantly gather facts about their environment and store them away
  • Have an excellent ability to apply logic and reason to their immense store of facts to solve problems or discover how things work
  • Learn best "hands-on"
  • Usually able to master theory and abstract thinking, but don't particularly like dealing with it unless they see a practical application
  • Action-oriented "doers"
  • Focused on living in the present, rather than the future
  • Love variety and new experiences
  • Highly practical and realistic
  • Excellent "trouble-shooters", able to quickly find solutions to a wide variety of practical problems
  • Results-oriented, like to see immediate results for their efforts
  • Usually laid-back and easy-going with people
  • Risk-takers who thrive on action
  • Independent and determined - usually dislike committing themselves
  • Usually quite self-confident

Careers Matched

  • Police and Detective Work
  • Forensic Pathologists
  • Computer Programmers, System Analysts
  • Engineers  
  • Carpenters  
  • Mechanics
  • Pilots
  • Drivers, Motorcyclists
  • Athletes
  • Entrepreneurs

 

The Doers

Character Traits

  • Action-oriented
  • Live in the present moment
  • Dislike abstract theory without practical application
  • Like to see immediate results for their efforts
  • Fast-paced and energetic
  • Flexible and adaptable
  • Resourceful
  • Seldom work from a plan - make things up as they go
  • Fun to be around
  • Highly observant
  • Excellent memory for details
  • Excellent people skills
  • Good-natured
  • Excellent ability to see an immediate problem and quickly devise a solution
  • Attracted to adventure and risk
  • May be flashy or showy
  • Like initiating things - not necessarily following them through to completion

Careers Matched

 

  • Sales Representatives
  • Marketing Personnel
  • Police / Detective Work
  • Paramedic / Emergency Medical Technician
  • PC Technicians or Network Cablers
  • Computer Technical Support
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Athlete

 

The Performers

Character Traits

 

  • Live in the present moment
  • Are stimulated and excited by new experiences
  • Practical and realistic
  • Warmly interested in people
  • Know how to have a good time, and how to make things fun for others
  • Independent and resourceful
  • Spontaneous - seldom plan ahead
  • Hate structure and routine
  • Dislike theory and long written explanations
  • Feel special bond with children and animals
  • Strongly developed aesthetic appreciation for things
  • Great people skills

Careers Matched

 

  • Artists
  • Performers
  • Actors
  • Sales Representatives
  • Counselors / Social Work
  • Child Care
  • Fashion Designers
  • Interior Decorators
  • Consultants
  • Photographers

 

The Artists

Character Traits

  • Keen awareness of their environment
  • Live in the present moment
  • Enjoy a slower pace - they like to take time to savor the present moment
  • Dislike dealing with theory or abstract thought, unless they see a practical application
  • Faithful and loyal to people and ideas which are important to them
  • Individualistic, having no desire to lead or follow
  • Take things seriously, although they frequently appear not to
  • Special bond with children and animals
  • Quiet and reserved, except with people they know extremely well
  • Trusting, sensitive, and kind
  • Service-oriented
  • Driven to help others
  • Extremely well-developed appreciation for aesthetic beauty
  • Likely to be original and unconventional
  • Learn best with hands-on training
  • Hate being confined to strict schedules and regimens
  • Need space and freedom to do things their own way
  • Dislike mundane, routine tasks, but will perform them if necessary

Careers Matched

  • Artist; Musician / Composer
  • Designer
  • Child Care / Early Childhood Development
  • Social Worker / Counselor
  • Teacher
  • Psychologist
  • Veterinarian
  • Forest Ranger
  • Pediatrician

The Executives

Character Traits

  • Driven to turn theories into plans
  • Highly value knowledge
  • Future-oriented
  • Natural leaders
  • Impatient with inefficiency and incompetence
  • Want things structured and orderly
  • Excellent verbal communication skills
  • Dislike routine, detail-oriented tasks
  • Self-confident
  • Decisive

Careers Matched

 

  • Corporate Executive Officer
  • Organization Builder
  • Entrepreneur
  • Computer Consultant
  • Lawyer
  • Judge  
  • Business Administrators and Managers
  • University Professors and Administrators

 

The Scientists

Character Traits

 

  • Able to absorb extremely complex theoretical and complex material
  • Driven to create order and structure from theoretical abstractions
  • Supreme strategists
  • Future-oriented
  • See the global, "big picture"
  • Strong insights and intuitions, which they trust implicitly
  • Value their own opinions over others
  • Love difficult theoretical challenges
  • Bored when dealing with mundane routine
  • Value knowledge and efficiency
  • Have no patience with inefficiency and confusion
  • Have very high standards for performance, which they apply to themselves most strongly
  • Reserved and detached from others
  • Calm, collected and analytical
  • Extremely logical and rational
  • Original and independent
  • Natural leaders, but will follow those they can fully support
  • Creative, ingenious, innovative, and resourceful
  • Work best alone, and prefer to work alone

Careers Matched

 

  • Scientists
  • Engineers
  • Professors and Teachers
  • Medical Doctors / Dentists
  • Corporate Strategists and Organization Builders
  • Business Administrators / Managers
  • Military Leaders
  • Lawyers / Attorneys
  • Judges
  • Computer Programmers or Systems Analysts

 

The Visionaries

Character Traits

  • Project-oriented
  • Enjoy generating ideas and theories
  • Creative and ingenius
  • Bright and capable
  • Flexible and Diverse
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Enjoy debating issues with other people
  • Excellent people skills
  • Natural leaders, but do not like to control people
  • Resist being controlled by people
  • Lively and energetic
  • Able to motivate others
  • Highly value knowledge and competence
  • Logical, rational thinkers
  • Able to grasp difficult concepts and theories
  • Enjoy solving difficult problems
  • Dislike confining schedules and environments
  • Dislike routine, detailed tasks

Careers Matched

 

  • Lawyers
  • Psychologists
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Photographers
  • Consultants
  • Engineers
  • Scientists
  • Actors
  • Sales Representatives
  • Marketing Personnel
  • Computer Programmer or Systems Analyst

 

The Thinkers

Character Traits

  • Love theory and abstract ideas
  • Truth Seekers - they want to understand things by analyzing underlying principles and structures
  • Value knowledge and competence above all else
  • Have very high standards for performance, which they apply to themselves
  • Independent and original, possibly eccentric
  • Work best alone, and value autonomy
  • Have no desire to lead or follow
  • Dislike mundane detail
  • Not particularly interested in the practical application of their work
  • Creative and insightful
  • Future-oriented
  • Usually brilliant and ingenius
  • Trust their own insights and opinions above others
  • Live primarily inside their own minds, and may appear to be detached and uninvolved with other people

Careers Matched

 

  • Scientists - especially Physics, Chemistry
  • Photographers
  • Strategic Planners
  • Mathematicians
  • University Professors
  • Computer Programmers or Systems Analysts
  • Technical Writers
  • Engineers
  • Lawyers / Attorneys
  • Judges
  • Forensic Research
  • Forestry and Park Rangers

 

The Givers

Character Traits

 

  • Genuinely and warmly interested in people
  • Value people's feelings
  • Value structure and organization
  • Value harmony, and good at creating it
  • Exceptionally good people skills
  • Dislike impersonal logic and analysis
  • Strong organizational capabilities
  • Loyal and honest
  • Creative and imaginative
  • Enjoy variety and new challenges
  • Get personal satisfaction from helping others
  • Extremely sensitive to criticism and discord
  • Need approval from others to feel good about themselves

Careers Matched

 

  • Facilitator
  • Consultant
  • Psychologist
  • Social Worker / Counselor
  • Teacher
  • Clergy
  • Sales Representative
  • Human Resources
  • Manager
  • Events Coordinator
  • Sales Representative
  • Politicians / Diplomats
  • Writers

 

The Protectors

Character Traits

  • Intuitively understand people and situations
  • Idealistic
  • Highly principled
  • Complex and deep
  • Natural leaders
  • Sensitive and compassionate towards people
  • Service-oriented
  • Future-oriented
  • Value deep, authentic relationships
  • Reserved about expressing their true selves
  • Dislike dealing with details unless they enhance or promote their vision
  • Constantly seeking meaning and purpose in everything
  • Creative and visionary
  • Intense and tightly-wound
  • Can work logically and rationally - use their intuition to understand the goal and work backwards towards it

Careers Matched

 

  • Clergy / Religious Work
  • Teachers
  • Medical Doctors / Dentists
  • Alternative Health Care Practitioners, i.e. Chiropractor, Reflexologist
  • Psychologists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Counselors and Social Workers
  • Musicians and Artists
  • Photographers
  • Child Care / Early Childhood Development

 

The Inspirers

Character Traits

  • Project-oriented
  • Bright and capable
  • Warmly, genuinely interested in people
  • Great people skills
  • Extremely intuitive and perceptive about people
  • Able to relate to people on their own level
  • Service-oriented
  • Likely to put the needs of others above their own
  • Future-oriented
  • Dislike performing routine tasks
  • Need approval and appreciation from others
  • Cooperative and friendly
  • Creative and energetic
  • Well-developed verbal and written communication skills
  • Natural leaders, but do not like to control people
  • Resist being controlled by others
  • Can work logically and rationally - use their intuition to understand the goal and work backwards towards it
  • Usually able to grasp difficult concepts and theories

Careers Matched

 

  • Consultant
  • Psychologist
  • Entrepreneur
  • Actor
  • Teacher
  • Counselor
  • Politician / Diplomat
  • Writer / Journalist
  • Television Reporter
  • Computer Programmer / Systems Analyst
  • Scientist
  • Engineer
  • Artist

 

The Idealists

Character Traits

  • Strong value systems
  • Warmly interested in people
  • Service-oriented, usually putting the needs of others above their own
  • Loyal and devoted to people and causes
  • Future-oriented
  • Growth-oriented
  • Always want to be growing in a positive direction
  • Creative and inspirational
  • Flexible and laid-back, unless a ruling principle is violated
  • Sensitive and complex
  • Dislike dealing with details and routine work
  • Original and individualistic - "out of the mainstream"
  • Excellent written communication skills
  • Prefer to work alone, and may have problems working on teams
  • Value deep and authentic relationships
  • Want to be seen and appreciated for who they are

Careers Matched

  • Writers
  • Counselors / Social Workers
  • Teachers / Professors
  • Psychologists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Musicians
  • Clergy / Religious Workers

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