MBTI® Test ESFP Surgical Technologists

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

According to Hammer (1996), Extraverted-Sensing-Feeling-Perceiving (ESFP) Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI test) personality types are highly resourceful and excel in situations that require immediate problem solving. Myers-Briggs test ESFP Types also enjoy being “of practical service or help to others,” and bring enthusiasm and energy to the job. As a result, they tend to do well in careers such as surgical technologists.

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Surgical technologists are responsible for assisting surgeons with operations and procedures. They also work closely with nurses, nurse practitioners, and other healthcare personnel to ensure that patients receive the best treatment possible. To accomplish this, surgical technologists may do a variety of different tasks, including attending to logistical details (e.g., adjusting lights, taking inventory, maintaining a sterile environment, etc.). They may also prepare patients for surgery and assist with pre-operative procedures, like dressing the patient in surgical drapes, taking blood samples, informing the patient of procedures to come, and so on. During the actual surgery, surgical technologists monitor displays measuring blood pressure, heart rate, and other vitals. They also provide surgeons with any materials or supplies they may need. After the procedure, they may perform post-operative procedures, such as removing stitches, and attend to patients’ well-being and recovery.

In order to successfully complete these tasks, surgical technologists rely on a variety of tools and technologies. Among these are electrosurgical equipment (e.g., thermal cautery units, argon beam units), Medical staplers (e.g., intestinal stapling devices, intraluminal staplers), surgical power equipment (e.g., robotic arms), and suction cups or extractors (e.g., slow or portable suction units). They must also use graphics or photo-imaging software to view slides or x-rays, as well as medical record and analysis software to process patients and document procedures. They also use Microsoft and Google products, including Sheets, Docs, Drive, and Spreadsheets in Google, and the corresponding software in Microsoft to ensure that office communication remains smooth and productive.

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While surgical technologists work closely with highly trained surgeons, most technologists only require an associate’s degree. In fact, many surgical technologists do not hold a college degree at all, and instead earned a certificate at a vocational or trade school. However, they do require extensive on-the-job training, and an ability to learn new skills quickly.

Below are some employment trends for Surgical Technologists:

  • Median wage: $23.22 hourly, $48,300 annually
  • Employment: 112,100 employees
  • Projected growth (2018-2028): Faster than average (7% to 10%)
  • Projected job openings (2018-2028): 10,400

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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. 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)