MBTI® Test ESTJ Sheriff and Deputy Sheriff

Strong Interest Inventory® General Occupational Theme Code: Enterprising, Realistic, Social (ERS) (GOT)

The characteristics associated with specific Myers-Briggs Personality Types (MBTI®) tend to align with specific careers. Some of the more popular Myers-Briggs test ESTJ careers include sheriffs and deputy sheriffs positions that align with hardworking individuals who thrive on order and continuity. Sheriffs and deputy sheriffs also tend to be outspoken persons of principle who take the initiative to establish process and guidelines. These aspects are a big part of the Extroverted-Sensing-Thinking-Judging (ESTJ) MBTI test personality type.

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Workers in a sheriff and deputy sheriff ESTJ careers enforce law and order in unincorporated districts and rural areas while also working within many courts and jails. Their daily tasks vary greatly by location and can include patrolling specific areas to detect citizens in violation of the law and investigating illegal or suspicious activities. Sheriffs and deputy sheriffs can also execute arrest warrants, locating and taking persons into custody or notifying patrol units to apprehend violators. They also spend a fair amount of their time recording daily activities and submitting logs and other related reports and paperwork to the appropriate authorities. Sheriffs and deputy sheriffs also take control of accident scenes to maintain traffic flow, to assist accident victims, and to investigate causes. Similarly, they question individuals entering secured areas to determine their business, directing and rerouting individuals as necessary.

Sheriffs and deputy sheriffs are trained to utilize a variety of tools on the job– handcuffs, handguns, computers, police vehicles, and various electronic technologies including laptop computers and audio recording equipment.

The areas of knowledge that are important for a career as a sheriff or deputy sheriff include but are not limited to; public safety and security, law and government, customer service, and administration and management. A knowledge of human behavior and performance is also greatly beneficial when interacting with a wide variety of individuals; knowledge gained through the study of Psychology.

Likewise, certain skills are very important for these ESTJ careers, including the ability to convey information to others effectively, give full attention to what others have to say, and the ability to think critically using logic and reasoning. Social perceptiveness is also highly valued based on the potentially dangerous interactions they may have at any given moment in time.

Those looking to enter this field need to be dependable and have a high level of self-control and stress tolerance with the ability to maintain their integrity during times of duress.

Individuals looking to enter the sheriff and deputy sheriff career field generally require training in vocational schools (generally in the form of a deputy/police academy). Additional education is not required in many cases, but an associate’s degree in a related field or related on-the-job experience is beneficial. Below are some employment trends for Sheriff and Deputy Sheriffs:

  • Median wage: $27.31 hourly, $56,810 annually
  • Employment: 654,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2012-2022): Slower than average (3% to 7%)
  • Projected job openings (2012-2022): 243,900


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  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics wage data and 2012-2022 employment projections Onetonline.org
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