There are a lot of things to think about when choosing a career, how much money you’ll earn, what you’re good at, education level, but one of the biggest factors that should be taken into consideration when determining your career path is your personality.
Certain jobs just fit certain personalities better. Someone who is naturally outgoing and who doesn’t take rejection personally will probably make a great salesperson, while someone who is patient and nurturing might make a better teacher.
By uncovering your true personality, you can narrow down your career choices significantly. One of the easiest ways to start eliminating careers is to determine whether you are an introvert or an extrovert.
A very simple, basic way to do this is to ask yourself one question. Do you draw energy from the people around you, or are you energized by focusing inward?
If you prefer the former — you love to socialize and share your ideas — then you’re an extrovert. If the latter sounds more like you — you revel in your alone time and often get lost in your own thoughts — then you’re an introvert. Extroverts, for example, may become bored or unmotivated in jobs that require a lot of independent work or decision, while introverts may thrive in these types of situations.
To give you examples of the types of careers best suited to each personality type, here is a list of top careers for both introverts and extroverts, based on an analysis of the results of more than 750,000 people who took the Dewey Color System’s Color Career Indicator — a scientifically validated, non-language career test — on CareerBuilder.com.
|1.||Registered Nurse||1.||General Office Administrator|
|2.||Manager/Supervisor of Police||2.||Court, Municipal, or License clerk|
|3.||Corporate Recruiter||3.||Computer Programmer|
|4.||Lifeguard or Ski Patroller||4.||Film or Video Editor|
|5.||Air Traffic Controller||5.||Logistician|
|7.||Electrical Mechanic, Installer, or Repairer||7.||Probation Officer|
|8.||Licensed Vocational Nurse||8.||Title Examiner|
|9.||Medical Assistant||9.||Bus Driver|
|10.||Kindergarten Teacher||10.||Computer Equipment Installer or Repairer|
Curious to know more about the jobs that best suit your personality? The full Dewey Color Career Indicator can be found here. The test evaluates for all of the “big five” personality traits, including extroversion, openness, conscientiousness, agreeableness and neuroticism, to come up with a tailored list of careers best suited to your personality.