In a survey of Brazilian software engineering students, Introverted personality types were found to dominate heavily. This should be no surprise to anyone familiar with personality type; Introverts are more likely to enjoy careers that allow them to work independently, keep a low profile, and accomplish projects on their own. Types of ISFP, INTP, and ESTP were over-represented among the population of software engineers.
A national survey of real estate agents conducted by Douthit Communications, Inc., found that 75% of agents are Extraverted Judgers, three times the percentage of Extraverted Judgers in the population as a whole. The sample consisted of mostly seasoned agents, and researchers were not clear whether Extraverted Judgers are more likely to choose real estate, or whether they are the types most likely to succeed in the industry.
With news about the economy growing more dire each day, you may be wondering how well your job will fare in a recession. Some industries have already been hit hard: real estate agents, mortgage lenders, construction workers, and others in the housing industry are likely to be searching for their next move.
The boom economy of the past few years brought me many clients who were doing well financially--in some cases, very well--but felt a longing for more satisfaction in their work. They had good salaries and job security, but didn't feel fulfilled by what they were doing. They took career assessments to try to find what was missing, and often our work together helped them understand why a "good job" wasn't making them happy. They realized that some of their dreams had been pushed aside as they saw the opportunity for financial gain in a strong labor market.
Recently, Time Magazine published an article about the happiest workers (and unhappiest workers!) in America. The happiest workers? Clergy, followed closely by firefighters. This may seem an odd combo, but consider how fulfilled people in these careers must feel in their work. Connecting to God and a congregation, saving lives in crisis... sounds like a recipe for happiness to me!
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