MBTI® Test ESFP Medical Assistants

Strong Interest Inventory® General Occupational Theme Code: Social, Conventional, Realistic (SCR) (GOT)

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Hammer (1996) writes that Extraverted-Sensing-Feeling-Perceiving (ESFP) Myers-Briggs Types excel in careers that allow them to provide others with mental or emotional support. They are strong motivators, and have a positive energy that can make others feel positive even in trying situations. These innate characteristics, among others, contribute to ESFP Myers-Briggs Types being well-suited as medical assistants.

Medical assistants work under the supervisions of physicians to accomplish a variety of administrative or clerical tasks. They focus on the logistical aspects of healthcare so that doctors can dedicate themselves to their patients. For instance, medical assistants organize and maintain patient records, either digitally or in hard copy, as well as schedule patients’ appointments. They also take vital statistics, such as blood pressure, height, and weight, and do any initial preparation of patients, such as giving vaccinations, preparing wounds, and so on. If necessary, they will interview patients to take a medical history. In some cases, they may draw blood, urine, cell cultures, or other samples for analysis and diagnosis, or take x-rays and do other more simple tests. After the appointment, they organize billing and payment, and schedule future appointments as well.

Medical assistants use a variety of different tools and technologies to accomplish their daily tasks. Medical equipment used may include hypodermic needles, blood pressure units, nebulizers, scope sets, spirometers, scales, and more depending on the specialty of the physician with which they are working. In addition, their logistical needs are met with accounting or billing software, email and telephone software’s, medical software (e.g., EMR; visual electro diagnostic software, etc.). These days, of course, office suite (including MS Word, Excel, and Outlook) are becoming ubiquitous, as are the use of major operating systems for both windows and mac depending on the office.

Medical assistants must have a working knowledge of customer and personal service, as well as a willingness to work with patients. In addition, they need a strong foundation in the English language, and any other languages their patients speak (these days, Spanish especially is becoming increasingly valuable). Of course, a background in medicine or dentistry, depending on the office in which they are working, is absolutely vital, as are strong communication skills to convey information and concerns directly to doctors and patients.

Being a medical assistant requires a fair amount of preparation. Most assistants hold an associate’s degree or a certificate from a vocational school. They also need to have significant experience in the field, especially in order to gain pay raises and promotions.

Below are some employment trends for Medical Assistants:

  • Median wage: $14.41 hourly, $29,960 annually
  • Employment: 561,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2012-2022): Much faster than average (22% or higher)
  • Projected job openings (2012-2022): 269,900

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Click on one of these corresponding popular ESFP Careers for detailed information including Career Stats, Income Stats, Daily Tasks and Required Education: Barista, Billing, Cost, and Rate Clerks, Dental Hygienist, Mail Clerk and Mail Machine Operator, Medical Assistant, Municipal Clerk, Nanny, Radiation Therapist, Statement Clerk and Surgical Technologists.

 

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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)