Did you know that extroverts report greater job satisfaction than introverts? Or that Thinkers tend to supervise more employees on average than Feelers? As it turns out, your personality type could be affecting your work life in more significant ways than you might have thought.
Truity is a company that provides personality and career tests for anyone looking to figure out how their personality will compliment or clash with various types of careers. They start by helping you figure out which of the Briggs Myers’ 16 personality types you are, and then they helps you explore possible careers based on your results.
Recently, they did a fascinating in-depth report entitled “Does Your Personality Type Predict Your Career Destiny?” As you could have guessed: it does, kind of.
Truity surveyed at 25,759 people for the study, looking at everything from average income and job satisfaction to number of supervisees and whether or not someone is self-employed. From this survey they were able to determine which personality types were more likely to be stay-at-home parents, be self-employed, earn a higher than average income, become a manager, or be happy with their job.
The infographic below is a follow-up to that report. While the actual report is quite lengthy, this infographic gives you a clear breakdown of their findings.
A few interesting takeaways:
INFP’s are most likely to stay at home with their children.
ENFP’s showed the largest gender wage gap, with female ENFP’s earning just 72 percent of what male ENFP’s earn.
ENTP’s are the most likely to be self-employed and earn more when self-employed.
ENTJ’s are most likely to manage a team.
ISFP’s are the least likely to manage a team.
ISTP’s have the lowest average income of all personality types.
The infographic also breaks down different pieces that go into a Myers-Briggs personality make-up. For example, it finds that Judgers earned a higher salary on average compared to Perceivers. Intuitives are 52 percent more likely to report being self-employed than Sensors.
The findings of the study are fascinating, but you shouldn’t feel too discouraged if you find that your personality type has a few disappointing trends. Remember, these are averages, so most people fall above or below these expectations on multiple points. You could be an ISTP with an above average salary or an INFP who’s the breadwinner of your family. Personality is just one contributing factor that determines your chances of success, and there are MANY others.
Try taking a Myers-Briggs personality test online (if you don’t want to play, there are plenty of free versions out there) and see what your personality type predicts about you. In the comments section, let me know if it ends up being right or wrong about you.
Shane Stirling is a seasoned HR & HSEQ Manager in Cairns, Queensland. To learn more about his life and career, please visit his professional website.