MBTI® Test ESFJ Kindergarten Teachers

Strong Interest Inventory® General Occupational Theme Code: Social, Artistic (SA) (GOT)

Hammer (1996) writes that Extraverted-Sensing-Feeling-Judging (ESFJ) MBTI Types tend to be kind and patient individuals who are able to empathize with others. They also enjoy cultivating the development of others and working closely with them. In addition, they are able to set short-term and tangible goals for themselves and others as well as develop and maintain strategic plans to achieving those goals. This can often make ESFJ MBTI Types very well suited in careers such as kindergarten teachers.

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Kindergarten teachers set the foundation for students’ educational and personal development. They not only teach academic content, like numbers, colors, letters, and so on, but they also often introduce students to music, art, exercise, and other recreational activities. Of course, at their young age, children in kindergarten are also still developing personal hygiene, social development, and an understanding of rules and order in academic contexts. Kindergarten teachers need to negotiate all of these factors, in addition to students’ parents, their principal, and the school board, in order to give students the highest quality education possible. They may need to attend meetings with other staff members, parents, or the school board outside of class time.

In terms of pedagogy, kindergarten teachers need to develop curricula, plan and deliver lessons, identify and provide for students with special linguistic, cognitive, or behavioral needs, and ensure that their lessons meet grade-level standards and the state and federal levels. They may also need to work with teaching assistants, plan class projects or field trips, administer and grade tests, and assist students in other ways.

In short, kindergarten teachers do a little bit of everything. They need to be familiar with computers for grading and presenting, projection software and hardware, cameras, phones, children’s toys (e.g., building blocks, board and computer games), and more. They may also use Microsoft Office Suite to maintain records of teaching and grades, and to communicate with other teachers or their supervisors.

Above all, kindergarten teachers need to have a strong background in education and developmental psychology. Knowing modern advancements in pedagogy, as well as the most effective ways to deliver content is key to being a successful teacher. Proficiency in English is a must, and a working or bilingual proficiency in additional languages spoken by students or their parents can be helpful, as is a knowledge of customer service or an interest in service.

Because of the level of technical knowledge required, most kindergarten teachers hold at least a bachelor’s degree. Some also hold an additional post-baccalaureate certification, and a small number (under 20%) hold a graduate or professional degree.

Below are some employment trends for Kindergarten Teachers:

  • Median wage: $50,600 annually
  • Employment: 159,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2012-2022): Average (8% to 14%)
  • Projected job openings (2012-2022): 65,100

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References:

  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics wage data and 2012-2022 employment projections Onetonline.org
  1. MBTI® Type Tables for Occupations, 2nd Edition. Schaubhut, N. & Thompson, R. (CPP, 2008)
  1. Introduction To Type and Careers, Hammer, A. (CPP, 1996)