MBTI® Test ESFJ Personal or Home Care Aides
Strong Interest Inventory® General Occupational Theme Code: Social, Realistic, Conventional (SRC) (GOT)
Hammer (1996) writes that people who are Extraverted-Sensing-Feeling-Judging (ESFJ) Myers-Briggs Test Personality Types tend to have strong people skills and enjoy supporting others. They are decisive and are highly organized, especially in developing effective procedures, but also are fulfilled themselves when they can see the difference they make in the lives of others. This can often make MBTI test ESFJs very well suited in careers such as personal or home care aides.
Personal or home care aides provide assistance to elderly or disabled individuals who may otherwise have difficulty living independently. In some cases, they may work in a care facility as well. Their tasks may include housekeeping (e.g., doing laundry, washing dishes or bed sheets) as well as services like shopping, cooking, and driving their clients to doctor’s appointments or other places. They might also provide basic healthcare at home, including personal hygiene assistance, monitoring vital signs, and taking daily measures like blood sugar and heart rate. Of course, medical tasks are conducted under the direction of registered nurses or other professionals, but personal/home care aides still need to be comfortable doing them independently. In some cases, they may also need to assist or train family members in providing bedside care, particularly if family members are not already familiar with working with the elderly or disabled. Another major task is providing communication assistance with the outside world – helping clients use the phone or send email, or obtaining information from family or clinics outside the home or living facility.
In order to complete these tasks, home/personal care aides need to be able to use a wide range of tools and technology. Blood pressure cuffs and bands, oxygen delivery equipment, and medical stethoscopes are necessary for medical care, and bedpans, heating blankets, and patient bed scales are needed for medical care. They also need to be confident in the use of household devices like appliances (e.g., microwave, washing machine, dryer, dishwasher, vacuum cleaner, etc.), as well as cars and other motor vehicles. In addition, to remain organized, home/personal care aides often use various different calendars and scheduling software, as well as email, spreadsheet, and word processing software. Some older clients may also require computer reading software as well.
Personal or home care aides require a wide range of skills, including ESFJs’ acute attention to detail and service-oriented personality. They also need to have strong active listening skills, and need to be able to communicate with others effectively. In addition, they need to be sensitive to problems and need to be carefully observant of their patients – problems that are not handled early can quickly get out of hand. Because this career is so focused on caring for others, it rarely requires more than a high school diploma. However, only 17% of home/healthcare aides have less than a high school diploma. That said, most families or facilities will want to provide some level of training and ongoing professional development, so applicants should be willing to adapt to their particular context. However, regardless of the specificity, traits like integrity, cooperation, and attention to detail are invaluable in this career.
Below are some employment trends for Personal or Home Care Aides:
- Median wage: $9.83 hourly, $20,440 annually
- Employment: 1,191,000 employees
- Projected growth (2012-2022): Much faster than average (22% or higher)
- Projected job openings (2012-2022): 666,000
Visit Our Strong Interest Inventory® Resource Page To Learn About The SRC GOT
- Bureau of Labor Statistics wage data and 2012-2022 employment projections Onetonline.org
- MBTI® Type Tables for Occupations, 2nd Edition. Schaubhut, N. & Thompson, R. (CPP, 2008)
- Introduction To Type and Careers, Hammer, A. (CPP, 1996)