Aligning Career with Personality Type

What are the Ideal Traits of Information Systems Professionals? 

  • Good problem solvers
  • Enjoy working with people
  • Think strategically about technology
  • Takes responsibility for developing and then implementing their ideas
  • Can bridge both technology and business
  • Can see both details and the big picture
  • Excellent communicators
  • Can manage time and resources well

Understanding Personality Type

Understanding our traits can help us determine the career paths that are well suited to our personalities. There are multiple types of personality tests that can help us discover more, but the world’s most widely-used personality test is the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). Developed by Katharine Cook Briggs and her daughter Isabel Briggs Myers, the MBTI is based on the theories described by psychiatrist Carl Jung, namely that individuals perceive the world using four principal functions: sensation, intuition, feeling, and thinking. Because the test is so widely used, anyone can now take the test at myersbriggs.org for a fee. There are also several free adaptations available online, which cannot guarantee the same results as the official MBTI test; however, they might be useful in helping you learn more about your personality type. Take a free online MBTI-inspired test to learn more about your personality type. Share your results with your classmates to see how you differ. Explore the career paths that are suggested for your personality type. In order to provide a quick overview, the next page details the 16 MBTI personality types and the traits generally associated with each. Many sites will also indicate good career choices for the MBTI types. For example, what MBTI type is good for those considering Information Systems careers? Researchers McPherson & Mensch [2] attempted to discover if there was a relationship between personality type and information technology students’ choice of major. They determined the top three personality types were drawn toward the following majors:

Business Information Systems

ESTJ, ESTP, ESFJ

Information Systems Management

ISTJ, ESTJ, ESFJ

Computer Information Systems

ISTJ, INTJ, ISTP

ESTJ

Salesperson, Cyber Security Specialist, Funeral Director, Personal Trainer, Credit Analyst, Buildings Inspector, and Chef

ISTJ

Auditor, Accountant, Executive Assistant, Book Keeper, Construction Manager, Records Clerk, and Technical writer

ESFJ

Registered Nurse, Dental Assistant, Dietician, Pharmacist, Veterinarian, Athletic Coach, and Childcare Provider.

ISFJ

Family Physician, Physical Therapist, Home Health Aide, Occupational Therapist, and Surgical Technician

ESTP

Firefighter, Paramedic, Police Officer, Flight Engineer, Personal Trainer, and Real Estate Agent

ISTP

Pilot, Firefighter, Photographer, Missing Person Investigator, Product Tester, Civil Engineer, and Software Developer

ESFP

Elementary School Teacher, Art or Music Teacher, Elder Care Special, Athletic Coach, Substance Abuse Counsellor, and Personal Care Aide

ISFP

Carpenter, Fashion Designer, Artist, Musician, Chef, Interior Designer, and Landscape Designer

ENFJ

Public Relations Specialist, Social Media Manager, Communications Director, Writer, Translator, Graphic Designer, Life Coach, and Educational Psychologist

INFJ

College Professor, Online Educator, Career Counsellor, Social Worker, Museum Educator, Marriage Counsellor, and Clergyperson

ENFP

Journalist, Blogger, Composer, Interior Decorator, Multimedia Producer, Podcast Producer, Documentary Maker, and Social Media Manager

INFP

Graphic Designer, Architect, Film Editor, Set Designer, Mental Health Counselor, Social Worker, Online Educator, and Curator

ENTJ

Management Analyst, Business Development Director, Market Research Analyst, Franchise Owner, Project Manager, and Logistics Consultant

INTJ

Economist, Market Research Analyst, Investment Banker, Management Consultant, Researcher, Scientist, Robotics Engineer, and AI Technologist

ENTP

Entrepreneur, Inventor, Venture Capitalist, Literary Agent, Journalist, Restaurateur, Urban Planner, Hotel Manager, and Security Analyst

INTP

Software Developer, Strategic Planner, App Developer, Computer Programmer, Print Designer, Medical Scientist and Microbiologist

References: [1] University of Arizona. (n.d.). What is MIS? Retreived from mis.eller.arizona.edu; [2] McPherson, B. & Mensch, S. (2007). Students’ Personality Type and Choice of Major. Academy of Information and Management Sciences Journal, 10(2), 1-18; [3] Tieger, P., Barron B., and Tieger, K. (2016). Do What You Are: Discover the Perfect Career for You through the Secrets of Personality Type. Clitheroe: Joosr.

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