MBTI® Test ESFP Billing, Cost, and Rate Clerks

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

Hammer (1996) writes that Extraverted-Sensing-Feeling-Perceiving (ESFP) Myers-Briggs Test Personality Types excel in careers that have specific, tangible goals, and which directly or indirectly improve the lives of others. While many of these ESFP careers are in service industries, MBTI test ESFPs can often make excellent billing, cost, and rate clerks.

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Billing, Cost, and Rate Clerks (hereafter called “Clerks”) are responsible for compiling data and preparing invoices to go out for billing. They then verify the accuracy of these statements and make any necessary revisions. In addition, they may respond to inquiries via mail or telephone regarding detailed procedures of their operations. In the case of an error, Clerks need to track down any relevant documents and work to resolve discrepancies among different records. They also need to be highly organized, since they maintain and update records of invoices, books, and support documents, as well as records of any changes that have been made and the reasons for those changes. In some cases, they may need to consult third-party or government sources, such as insurance company records or government tax and tariff information.

In order to successfully complete their jobs, clerks must be able to competently and confidently use accounting machines, fax machines, photo copiers, scanners, and other office hardware. In addition, they require a broad range of software and technology, including accounting software (e.g., Thomson Reuters Elite Enterprise; Seasoft Software), database user interface and query software (e.g., Microsoft Access), and the now-ubiquitous Microsoft Office Suite. These days, an ability to learn-on-the-job and rapidly learn new software applications or strategies is vital, since much of Clerks’ knowledge is developed on the job. Not only do they need to be familiar with administrative and operational procedures, but they also need to have a strong proclivity for customer and personal service. These days, being fluent in English and having a working knowledge of mathematics is essential as well.

Being a Clerk requires a fair amount of preparation. While just over half of Clerks have a high school diploma or equivalent, many also hold an associate’s degree (22%) or have completed some college coursework without earning a full degree (16%). That said, Clerks use many skills that are difficult to teach. For instance, they need to be able to speak clearly and have strong listening and deductive reasoning skills. They also need to be able to coordinate large-scale initiatives, often with several moving parts.

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Below are some employment trends for Billing, Cost, and Rate Clerks:

  • Median wage: $18.63 hourly, $38,740 annually
  • Employment: 486,300 employees
  • Projected growth (2018-2028): Faster than average (7% to 10%)
  • Projected job openings (2018-2028): 60,500

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ESFP Careers

Click on one of these corresponding popular ESFP Careers for detailed information including Career Stats, Income Stats, Daily Tasks and Required Education: Barista, Billing, Cost, and Rate Clerks, Dental Hygienist, Mail Clerk and Mail Machine Operator, Medical Assistant, Municipal Clerk, Nanny, Radiation Therapist, Statement Clerk and Surgical Technologists.

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  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics wage data and 2012-2022 employment projections Onetonline.org
  1. MBTI® Type Tables for Occupations, 2nd Edition. Schaubhut, N. & Thompson, R. (CPP, 2008)
  1. Introduction To Type and Careers, Hammer, A. (CPP, 1996)