Match Your Personality Type to a Career in Healthcare

Written by Madison School of Healthcare On Wednesday, 17 October 2018. Posted in Healthcare Insights

Match Your Personality Type to a Career in Healthcare

Dreamer or doer, if you’ve been pondering a career in healthcare but aren’t sure which type of job is right for you, read on to discover which fields may be the best fit based on your personality type.

The 16 Personality Types

Most of us are familiar with the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). Used by many companies, the MBTI assesses how you perceive the world, make decisions, and generally prefer to live life. Based on your responses to dozens of multiple-choice questions, the MBTI assesses your personality based on four key factors:

  • Where you focus your attention: Inwardly (introversion) or Outwardly (extroversion)
  • How you take in information: Sensing (concrete facts) or Intuition (large ideas and concepts)
  • Your decision-making style: Thinking (logical, factual) or Feeling (empathetic, people-pleasing)
  • The way you express your personality: Judging (rule-oriented) or Perceiving (spontaneous, improvisational)

After evaluating your responses to the quiz, the MBTI assigns you a four-letter initialism that describes your personality, such as INFP (introverted, intuitive, feeling, perceiving) or ESTJ (extroverted, sensing, thinking, judging). In all, the MTBI categorizes people into 16 unique personality types – and knowing your type can help you decide which healthcare career is right for you.

If you’re not sure of your personality type, you can find free assessments across the web. Some of them may require you to provide an email address in order to receive the results.

How Does Personality Type Affect Success in a Healthcare Career?

Let’s say you’re a gregarious, creative person who thrives on launching new projects and building work teams (ENFP type). Now let’s imagine you’re consigned to job reviewing patient billings day after day in a cubicle where you rarely interact with others. You might burn out quickly in that sort of career.

On the other hand, an introverted, detail-oriented person who pays fanatical attention to deadlines (ISFJ type) might thrive in that medical billing job, while the ENFP person finds better success working in the hospital marketing department.

Find Your Healthcare Career Based on Your Personality Type

In general, here are some ways you can refine your search for a healthcare career based on two key aspects of your MBTI type.

Introverts (types that contain the letter I): Introverted people can flourish in less fast-paced positions that allow them plenty of time to think through big tasks and problems before coming up with a solution. Careers that fit this description might include positions like electronic health records management, dietetics and nutrition, pharmacy technician in an institutional environment, healthcare management, medical office assistant, dental office assistant, and healthcare compliance.

Extroverts (types that contain the letter E): You might thrive in front-line roles that include home health aide, occupational therapy aide, physical therapy aide, medical office receptionist, pharmacy technician in a retail environment, veterinary technician, nursing, medicine, and many other positions that work directly with patients or the public.

By now you might be able to see how knowing all four dimensions of your personality type can help you narrow your search for a healthcare career. For instance, “judging” (J) types might bloom in a healthcare career like sterile processing, which operates based on strict rules and detailed, task-based instructions. Or a “perceiving” (P) type might love working in any capacity in a highly fluid environment like the emergency room that requires spontaneous problem-solving and daily improvisation to get the work done.

Get Started on a Healthcare Career Today

No matter your personality type, there’s a career in the booming healthcare field that’s right for you – and they all start with the right education. Talk to an admissions advisor today to find a healthcare program at the Madison School of Healthcare that suits your personality, schedule, and budget!

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