MBTI® Test ESTJ Correctional Officer and Jailer

Strong Interest Inventory® General Occupational Theme Code: Realistic, Enterprising, Conventional (REC) (GOT)

Learning your Myers-Briggs Personality Type (MBTI®) can help in numerous areas of life, and it can be especially beneficial when exploring occupational opportunities. Some of the most popular ESTJ careers include correctional officers and jailers that attract individuals who prefer to rely on traditional values and perspectives. These employees tend to be orderly individuals who naturally gravitate toward being the responsible party that others look to. They are more likely to gravitate toward leadership positions and generally play a large part in both family and community organization. These tendencies strongly align with the Extroverted-Sensing-Thinking-Judging (ESTJ) MBTI test personality type.

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On any given day, persons in a correctional officer and jailer ESTJ career position often find themselves performing a large variety of hands-on procedural tasks. These tasks can include the monitoring of prisoner conduct in housing units, or during work or recreational activities, according to established policies, regulations, and procedures, to prevent escape or violence. They are also responsible for the transportation of inmates as well the booking incoming inmates and scanning individuals for illegal contraband such as weapons or drugs. Strict record keeping is also enforced in order to properly log prisoner identification, daily activities, and incidence of inmate disturbances as well as any related charges.

Correctional officers and jailers utilize a variety of database user interface and query software (such as Guardian RFID Correction System software and Microsoft Access) along with traditional tools like electroshock weapons, law enforcement handguns, Radio frequency identification devices, and body armor.

A strong knowledge of public safety and security as well as an extensive knowledge of laws, legal codes, government regulations and court procedures is critical to those entering the Correctional Officer and Jailer career. A fundamental understanding of Psychology and human behavior is also beneficial when dealing with inmates. Depending on the specific position, a variety of computer, electronics, administration and management knowledge may also be helpful.

There are a variety of personal qualities necessary to complete these tasks – self-control, integrity, dependability, persistence, leadership, initiative, and cooperation, and a strong attention to details all of which are part of being an ESTJ personality type. Individuals also need a high stress tolerance and an ability to deal with unpleasant or angry people. An ability to effective negotiate, be persuasive, and think critically using logic and reasoning is also a fundamental necessity.

People wishing to enter the correctional officer and jailer career path can expect a moderate level of preparation. This field generally requires training in a vocational school, related on the job experience, or an associate’s degree, in addition to one to two years of on-the-job training.

Below are some employment trends for Correctional Officer and Jailer:

  • Median wage: $19.12 hourly, $39,780 annually
  • Employment: 453,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2012-2022): Slower than average (3% to 7%)
  • Projected job openings (2012-2022): 142,400


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  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics wage data and 2012-2022 employment projections Onetonline.org
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  1. Introduction To Type and Careers, Hammer, A. (CPP, 1996)