MBTI® Test INFP Technical Writers

Strong Interest Inventory® General Occupational Theme Code: Artistic, Investigative, Conventional  (AIC) (GOT)

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Being familiar with your Myers-Briggs Personality Type can help you build on your strengths and aid you in finding a career that will be fulfilling. Hammer (1996) notes that Introverted-Intuitive-Feeling-Perceiving (INFP) enjoy being in positions in which an attention to detail is appreciated. MBTI® test INFP’s are also able to work alone or one-on-one for extended periods of time, making them well suited in careers as technical writers.

Technical writers produce manuals, appendices, or other technical materials. Doing so involves studying raw resources, such as drawings, mockups, product samples, or other input, and synthesizing the needs of clients or organizations to provide a necessary product. They may also need to conduct interviews with personnel, read journals, or conduct other background research to improve their familiarity with the products or procedures about which they are writing. Technical writers are also responsible for ensuring the layout and visual editing, including the production of images, are of the highest quality. Finally, they may need to arrange for the duplication and distribution of their material in a variety of venues, including in print and even online.

Being an effective technical writer requires high levels of interpersonal skills and a high attention to detail. They also need to be able to effectively use specific tools of the trade. This includes hardware like tablets, desktop computers, and smartphones or other remote computing devices, as well as digital cameras, USB drives, and other data-transfer hardware. The software can include database user interface or query software, such as Microsoft Access or Talisma Knowledgebase, in addition to Adobe publishing software, various word processors, and graphics software such as Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop. In some cases, Technical writers may also use development environment software like Standardized general markup language or IBM Rational ClearQuest in order to produce their materials.

Technical writers require a mastery of the English language, as well as an in-depth understanding of computers and electronics, and communications and media. This unique blend of technical and communication skills enables them to not only understand the products and processes about which they are writing, but also to be able to distill their knowledge to a form that a non-specialist would be able to engage with without being overwhelmed.

Most technical writers (over 80%) have at least some college coursework. Of those, over 75% have completed either an associates or a bachelor’s degree of some kind.

A passion for working with people, an artistic talent, and a passion for helping others are impossible to teach. These innate characteristics are much of the reason that INFPs are inclined to become technical writers.

Below are some employment trends for Technical Writers:

  • Median wage: $33.19 hourly, $69,030 annually
  • Employment: 50,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2012-2022): Faster than average (15% to 21%)
  • Projected job openings (2012-2022): 22,600

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INFP Careers

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)