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MBTI® Test ESTJ Criminal Investigator

Strong Interest Inventory® General Occupational Theme Code: Enterprising, Investigative (EI)

According to Hammer (1996), MBTI® test Extraverted-Sensing-Thinking-Judging types (ESTJ’s) are gifted with the ability to make confidant, logical, fact-based decisions. For this reason, they are attracted to and have a good chance to feel fulfilled in positions of authority. Feeling comfortable in positions of authority often make Myers-Briggs test ESTJ’s a good fit for careers as criminal investigators and special agents.

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Criminal investigators are responsible for collecting evidence for suspected criminal violations of laws at the federal, state, or local levels, and use this evidence to determine whether the perpetrator should be prosecuted. Obtaining and verifying evidence could involve interviewing or observing suspects and witnesses, or collecting fingerprints and other physical evidence like visual descriptions or photographs. They record this evidence using cameras, photocopiers, scanners, and other documentary equipment, and use these to prepare reports that summarize and detail the findings of their investigations. Finally, they may need to testify in court to provide details of particular cases.

Being a successful criminal investigator requires the confident use of a variety of different tools. For instance, handcuffs and handguns may be required to ensure the safety of yourself or others. Also, using surveillance recorders, two-way radios, and notebook computers often facilitate the collection and documentation of data and evidence in the field. The documentation and processing of evidence requires a variety of software applications as well, including e-mail servers like Microsoft outlook, graphics and word processing software, database and query software like the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS) used to track criminals, and even map creating software like ESRI ArcView. These various tools and technologies assist criminal investigators in successfully doing their job.

Because they have a wide variety of responsibilities, criminal investigators require a broad knowledge base and skill set, spanning clerical and computational competencies like administrative procedures and word processing applications, to a detailed knowledge of local law and government and public safety. They also communicate with a range of people on a daily basis, so a strong English language proficiency is necessary as well.

Criminal investigators synthesize an enormous amount of information to solve complex problems that affect peoples’ lives. They need to be able to listen actively to multiple sides of a story and keenly perceive inconsistencies, or possible areas of suspicion. Myers-Briggs test ESTJ’s are ideal for these careers because they are highly detail oriented, are innately analytical, and have a strong sense of people. They also work well under pressure, and can make logical decisions with relatively limited information.

Below are some employment trends for Criminal Investigators:

  • Median wage: $39.99 hourly, $83,170 annually
  • Employment: 110,700 employees
  • Projected growth (2018-2028): Slower than average (2% to 3%)
  • Projected job openings (2018-2028): 7,500

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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. 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).