MBTI® Test INFP Audiovisual Specialists

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

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Hammer (1996) writes that Introverted-Intuitive-Feeling-Perceiving (INFP) Myers-Briggs Types do their best in positions where they have the opportunity to use their considerable artistic talents, especially in service to others. These, among other factors, often make INFP Myers-Briggs Types well suited in careers as audiovisual specialists.

Audiovisual specialists are responsible for the preparation and organization of multimedia resources. Most, work to provide resources for educators or educational settings, though many are also involved in performing arts venues, conference centers, businesses, and other venues. AV specialists not only stock, catalogue, and maintain archived media collections (including film, photos, audio recordings, etc.) but also maintain hardware, like cameras, projectors, copiers, etc. They operate and set up audiovisual equipment for meetings, classes, and events, and help their organization, clients or customers troubleshoot issues as necessary. In addition, they may be asked to provide expert consultations and to determine or develop optimized strategies for achieving presentation goals. Finally, in order to continue their professional development, audiovisual specialists may need to travel to attend conferences, or invest time in reading trade publications to stay up-to-date on the latest developments in their field.

Successful audiovisual specialists have mastered the use of many different kinds of multimedia hardware, including microphones, overhead projectors, microfiche or microfilm viewers, and, of course, desktop and notebook computers, smart phones, tablets, and scanners. In some cases, they may also need to be able to use videoconferencing systems or audio/visual editing equipment. They must also be able to use a variety of different software, primarily Microsoft Office, including publishing, email, spreadsheet, and word processing software. These days, being proficient in Google interfaces is a must as well.

In general, audiovisual specialists need a solid foundation in computing, communications, and the English language, as well as an understanding and willingness to provide customer service to others. It is also beneficial to be aware of bureaucratic structures and how to effectively function in the modern workplace. Almost 50% of Audiovisual specialists hold either a master’s or a bachelor’s degree in their field, though some only do hold a high school diploma, and many AV specialists hone their skills with years of on-the-job experience. This considerable amount of preparation demonstrates a high level of familiarity with the field, and that they can synthesize their technical knowledge with their artistic intuition and passion for helping others.

Below are some employment trends for Audiovisual Specialists:

  • Median wage: $21.19 hourly, $44,070 annually
  • Employment: 10,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2012-2022): Little or no change (-2% to 2%)
  • Projected job openings (2012-2022): 800

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Click on one of these corresponding popular INFP Careers for detailed information including Career Stats, Income Stats, Daily Tasks and Required Education: Audiovisual Specialist, Broadcast Technician, Craft Artist, Film or Video Editor, Fine Artist, Food Preparation Worker, Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners, Occupational Therapist, Proofreader or Copyeditor, Technical Writer.

 

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References

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)