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MBTI® Test ESTJ Commercial Pilots

Strong Interest Inventory® General Occupational Theme Code: Realistic, Investigative, Enterprising (RIE) (GOT)

The intention of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) T­est is to make the theory of psychological types understandable and useful. Comprehending the unique ways that each of us consistently utilizes our natural MBTI personality type based preferences can help us figure out which career paths are right for us. One career path that attracts those with the ESTJ personality type is that of the commercial pilot. These individuals tend to be organized and logical thinkers who value proficiency, efficacy, and productivity. They are planners who prefer to systematically follow a routine, where, if a problem should arise, it can be solved with proven techniques. This is the essence of the Extroverted Thinking with Introverted Sensing (ESTJ) MBTI® test personality type. (Myers, CPP. 1998)

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On any given day, persons in commercial pilot ESTJ careers find themselves performing a variety of different technical tasks during their respective assignments. These tasks can include checking aircraft prior to flights ensuring that the engines, controls, and instruments are functioning properly prior to take-off. Mid-flight commercial pilots can also monitor engine operation, fuel consumption, and functioning of aircraft systems.  They also spend a fair amount of their time planning flights according to government and company regulations, using aeronautical charts and navigational instruments. They must intelligently react to changing flight conditions based on changing weather and mechanical factors and are ultimately responsible for the safety of those aboard their flight.

Commercial pilots utilize a variety of analytical pilot navigator and control software such as Navzilla, AeroPlaner, Notam Development Group Airport Insight, as well as other various database and user interface software such as AV8 software, AirSmith FlightPrompt, and Airline Pilots Daily Aviation Logs PPC. They must also have an extensive knowledge of physical aircraft systems including communication, warning, and braking systems in order to operate safely.

The variety of tools necessary to complete these tasks – aircraft braking systems, flight computer systems, analytical or scientific software, route navigation software, aircraft communication systems, database user interface and query software, and aircraft warning systems – require extensive knowledge in a variety of areas.

Those entering the commercial pilot career field tend to have a developed knowledge of transportation, public safety and security, and mechanical knowledge of the tools they utilize on a daily basis. When dealing with stressful situations in a position of leadership they also rely on their knowledge of human behavior and performance as well as customer and personal service. Likewise, certain skills are very important for these ESTJ careers, including the ability to control operations of equipment or systems, the ability to think critically using logic and reasoning identifying complex problems, and evaluating options and implementing solutions.

Individuals entering this field need to exhibit leadership qualities and self-control under potentially stressful situations. These individuals tend to be independent analytical thinkers that value having a good support structure that provides ample recognition for hard work and room for advancement. The commercial pilot career path requires a very specific educational pathway, generally requiring the completion of flight school in addition to extensive on the job training.

Through analyzing the requirements of the commercial pilot career path we see how those with the MBTI ESTJ personality type can consider this career path as one that is full of potential. With the pleasure they derive from being decisive and moving quickly to implement decisions they have the potential to find themselves enjoying this career to its fullest.

Below are employment trends for Commercial Pilots:

  • Median wage: $86,080 annually
  • Employment: 40,700 employees
  • Projected growth (2018-2028): Faster than average (7% to 10%)
  • Projected job openings (2018-2028): 4,600

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ESTJ Careers

Click on one of these corresponding popular ESTJ Careers for detailed information including Career Stats, Income Stats, Daily Tasks and Required Education: Auditor, Commercial Pilot, Computer-ATM-Office Machine Repairer, Construction Manager, Correctional Officer & Jailer, Criminal Investigator, Home Health Aide, Personal Financial AdvisorPolice & Fire & Ambulance Dispatcher, Sheriff & Deputy Sheriff.

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  1. Introduction to Type (Isabel Briggs Myers, 1998, CPP Inc.)
  2. Introduction to Type and Careers (Allen L. Hammer, 2007, CPP Inc.)
  3. Summary Report for: 53-2012.00 – Commercial Pilots. (2012). Retrieved July 21, 2014, from http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/53-2012.00
  4. MBTI® Type Tables for Occupations, 2nd Edition. Schaubhut, N. & Thompson, R. (CPP, 2008)