MBTI® Test ESTP Automotive Specialty Technician

Strong Interest Inventory® General Occupational Theme Code: Realistic, Investigative, Conventional (RIC) (GOT)

One’s Myers Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI test) personality type can tell you a great deal about yourself – including which occupations individuals possessing certain qualities and characteristics would be a good fit in and find personally rewarding . For example, the innovative, problem-solving nature of the Extraverted-Sensing-Thinking-Perceiving (ESTP) Myers-Briggs test type often makes them well suited for a career as an automotive specialty technician.

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An automotive specialty technician often spends his or her day working on a specific aspect of a car, truck, or other type of vehicle. This specific component could range from the brakes or suspension to the radiator or engine components. Because of the variety of specialties that these technicians can work in, automotive specialty technicians often go by a variety of names, such as air conditioning technician, automotive worker, alignment specialist, or automobile mechanic. When presented with a faulty vehicle component, these technicians will observe the issues currently present, and then offer up an estimate for the initial repairs, before fixing the issue and checking on other areas of the vehicle while they’re inside. They’ll often perform tests and routine checks to ensure that everything else is running smoothly, such as compressors, brakes, wheel bearings, fuel injectors, carburetors, filters, and emissions controls.

To perform these actions efficiently and effectively, automotive specialty technicians should be well versed in the plethora of tools required for this occupation (wrenches, vacuums, meters, pullers, etc.), as well as skilled in subjects including computers, mechanics, electronics, engineering, and sales. They also need to be comfortable using different kinds of software, including accounting software for accurately billing clients, database reporting software for managing accounts, facilities management software for ensuring proper functioning of the shop itself, and project management software. Furthermore, automotive specialty technicians should be skilled in controlling various situations and manipulating tools and systems to complete their proposed tasks; critical thinking and problem solving skills to determine what is wrong in minimal time; and equipment maintenance to make sure that everything is in order on their end as well. Being comfortable working manually and having well-developed fine motor skills, not to mention endurance and strength, are also very important because of the physical demands of being an automotive technician. Finally, automotive technicians need to have strong communication skills in English, as they often work closely with other technicians and may need to report to managers or clients.

While nearly 80% of automotive technicians hold either a high school diploma or a post-secondary certificate, usually, work experience is more important for this occupation than any specific degree.

Below are some employment trends for Automotive Specialty Technicians’:

  • Median wage: $17.65 hourly, $36,710 annually
  • Employment: 701,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2012-2022): Average (8%-14%)
  • Projected job openings (2012-2022): 237,600

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Click on one of these corresponding popular ESTP Careers for detailed information including Career Stats, Income Stats, Daily Tasks and Required Education: Automotive Specialty Technician, Construction Laborer, Counter and rental clerk, Electrician, Farm and Ranch Managers, Firefighters, Freight Handler, Loan Officer, Restaurant Cook and Construction supervisors.

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Bureau of Labor Statistics wage data and 2012-2022 employment projections Onetonline.org

MBTI® Type Tables for Occupations, 2nd Edition. Schaubhut, N. & Thompson, R. (CPP, 2008)