MBTI® Test ISFJ Dietitians and Nutritionists

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

Certain types of people are a good fit for a career as a dietitian or nutritionist, as the occupation requires a mix of empirical-based organized mental processes as well as a high level of compassion that not all Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI test) types innately possess. However, the Myers-Briggs test ISFJ type can fit quite well in this role, due to their underlying personality preferences: Introverted-Sensing-Feeling and Judging (ISFJ).

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Dietitians and nutritionists are in charge of the nutritional health of their clients, creating specialized nutritional regiments made to optimize food consumption, both for healthy living and for disease management. Depending on their company, dietitians and nutritionists could spend most of their time developing programs, advising food service companies, or taking part in nutritional research. When working on nutritional and lifestyle programs, these individuals discuss the overarching themes surrounding nutrition, eating well, and overall healthy choices with their clients after learning of their personal desires and needs. Dietitians and nutritionists also work with food companies to make sure that all health procedures and guidelines are complied with and that sanitation laws are met. Additionally, occupationally, they act as educators, conducting research or teaching classes on health and nutrition.

To excel in this occupation, dietitians and nutritionists must be well versed in a variety of different subject areas. For example, a background (or thorough knowledge of) human, animal and plant biology, human psychological processes, chemistry, medicine, and customer service is required. If individuals choose the more academic path of this occupation, then it is also important to have a knack for teaching and training others.

In addition, they need to use many different kinds of technology that are suited to their medical specialization as well as to their mission to support others in eating healthier and increasing their knowledge of their own bodies and their relationship to food. These tools may include bodyweight scales like hydrostatic scales that can calculate body mass index, glucose meters and bioelectric impedance machines. Also, laptop, desktop, and increasingly smartphones are highly used. So far as software goes, nutritionists and dietitians use Microsoft Office and their Google equivalents for many different presentations and poster productions. In addition, analytical and scientific software and medical software are both highly utilized.

Moreover, dietitians and nutritionists should be skilled in communication, social awareness, creativity, and reasoning. Because of the high level of education necessary for an occupation as a dietitian or nutritionist, many clinics require more than a Bachelor’s degree, depending on where they work and to what extent they are giving health advice.

Below are some employment trends for Dietitians and Nutritionists:

  • Median wage: $26.88 hourly, $55,920 annually
  • Employment: 67,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2012-2022): Faster than average (15%-21%)
  • Projected job openings (2012-2022): 22,300

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ISFJ Careers

Click on one of these corresponding popular ISFJ Careers for detailed information including Career Stats, Income Stats, Daily Tasks and Required Education: Court Clerk, Data Entry Keyers, Dietitians & Nutritionists, File Clerk, Insurance Claims Clerk, Insurance Policy Processing Clerks, License Practical & Vocational Nurse, Medical Records Technician,Payroll Clerk, and Work Processor & Typist.

 

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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)