MBTI® Test ESFP Dental Hygienists

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

There are certain characteristics that define who you are at your core. These natural preferences can be identified through the use of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) personality test. A category of popular ESFP careers includes dental hygienists that tend to attract potential employees that are observant, practical, and easy going. These individuals are also found to be warm and sympathetic when dealing with clients. These characteristics are of great benefit in a dental hygienist position and are also an integral part of the Extroverted-Sensing-Feeling-Perceiving (ESFP) MBTI personality type. (Myers, CPP. 1998)

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Those entering the dental hygienist ESFP career position often find themselves performing a variety of tasks. Their primary role is to clean teeth but they also educate patients on oral hygiene. In addition, they examine oral areas using probes in order to locate periodontal recessed gums as well as manually check the head and neck for signs of oral disease. They may also treat acute illnesses, infections, or injuries as well as administer anesthetics or sedatives to control pain. They may also take and develop x-ray film while keeping record of patients medical history. Dental hygienists may also be asked to maintain and sterilize medical equipment or instruments.

Dental hygienists use a variety of tools including dental lasers, dental x-ray units, dental scalers or accessories, dental probes, teeth cleaning devices or accessories, and various electronic technologies including accounting, office (Microsoft Office), spreadsheet (Microsoft Excel), and medical software such as dental charting, dental office management, and Henry Schein Dentrix software.

If you have interest in pursuing the ESFP dental hygienist career path then you will need to gather a variety of knowledge in the areas of dentistry, education and training, biology, psychology as well as customer and personal service. Certain skills are very important for these ESFP careers, including the ability to convey information to others effectively, be socially aware and an active listener, while effectively monitoring yourself and others.

This career field employs a high concentration of individuals who value highly supportive environments where they are given the freedom to work independently while also providing opportunities to develop relationships with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment.

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Qualifying to become a dental hygienist generally requires training in vocational schools, related on the job experience, or an associate’s degree, in addition to one to two years of on-the-job training. It is also reported that over twenty percent of respondents also had completed a Bachelor’s degree.

Below are employment trends for Dental Hygienists:

  • Median wage: $36.65 hourly, $76,220 annually
  • Employment: 219,800 employees
  • Projected growth (2018-2028): Much faster than average (11% or higher)
  • Projected job openings (2018-2028): 17,900

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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. Introduction to Type (Isabel Briggs Myers, 1998, CPP Inc.)
  1. Introduction to Type and Careers (Allen L. Hammer, 2007, CPP Inc.)
  1. Summary Report for: 29-2021.00 – Dental Hygienists. (2012). Retrieved August 4, 2014, from http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/29-2021.00