MBTI® Test ESFJ Radiologic Technologists
Strong Interest Inventory® General Occupational Theme Code: Realistic, Social (RS) (GOT)
According to Hammer (1996), Extraverted-Sensing-Feeling-Judging (ESFJ) Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI test) personality types are often decisive and detail-oriented. They tend to think logically and precisely, and are able to distinguish among fine differences. Myers-Briggs test types also tend to enjoy careers that involve providing a service to others. While these interests and proclivities may seem entirely disjointed, they meet in careers such as radiologic technologists.
Radiologic Technologists use a variety of forms of radiation to develop images of patients’ skeletons and internal organs that can then be used by physicians, specialists, and surgeons to provide necessary treatment to patients. Radiologic technologists have direct patient contact, since they are the ones who actively do these procedures, and are responsible for preparing patients, informing them of the imaging process, conducting the procedure (including administering any intravenous dyes or other medications involved), and ensuring the patient’s comfort during the process. Once the data is obtained, radiologic technologists remove and process film or digital images and conduct a preliminary analysis of them. They then add these images and reports to patients’ files and send them to the primary care physician or specialist. As is required by law, they must maintain careful patient records and records of treatment.
In order to accomplish these tasks, radiologic technologists rely on a variety of different tools and technologies, including needles and positioning aids (e.g., compression bands, patient immobilizing devices, and sandbags) during actual procedures, darkroom equipment (e.g., film processors) for image processing, and x-ray film archiving software for maintaining and filing records after patients are discharged. They also need to be comfortable using several kinds of software, from standard Microsoft Office and Google programs to medical software like Virtual Reality Computed Tomography (CT) imaging software and Electronic Medical Record (EMR) software.
Radiologic Technologists require a sophisticated academic understanding of computers, technology, physics, chemistry, and medicine, as well as “soft skills” like active listening and strong communicative skills in English and their patients’ languages. It also helps for them to have a basic foundation in customer service. For this reason, the majority of radiologic technologists (over 90%) hold at least an associate’s degree, while nearly a quarter (24%) hold a post-secondary or vocational certificate, and a handful (6%) hold a professional degree, most frequently an M.D. Radiologic technologists also benefit from on-the-job training and ongoing professional development. Nonetheless, characteristics like integrity, dependability, and cooperation, which are hard if not impossible to teach, also prove invaluable in this career.
Below are some employment trends for radiologic technologists.
- Median wage: $26.86 hurly, $55,870 annually
- Employment: 199,000 employees
- Projected growth (2012-2022): faster than average (15%-21%)
- Projected job openings (2012-2022): 69,600
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- 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)