MBTI® Test ESTP Construction Laborer

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

The characteristics of certain Myers Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI® test) personality types tend to align with specific careers. Those who tend to thrive as construction laborers, for example, are generally individuals who are hard working and adaptable solvers and work well in groups – much like the Extroverted-Sensing-Thinking-Perceiving (ESTP) Myers-Briggs test types.

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On any given day, construction laborers often find themselves performing a variety of different manual labor tasks at their respective construction sites. These tasks could include using power tools or other equipment to build, measure, or create certain aspects of the building they are working on. Construction laborers could also work more on cleaning up the construction site or organize the sites in preparation for other tasks to be completed, such as laying foundations. Construction laborers also often take turns controlling the flow of traffic around the construction sites. They also spend a good amount of their time conducting exact measurements of the site and its components. As far as actually working with things on the sites, construction laborers can build walls and scaffolding, check on generators and compressors, dig trenches, and determine what else the building needs from its various plans and code specifications.

The variety of tools necessary to complete these tasks – power saws, manlifts, plaster mixers, and various cleaners – require extensive knowledge of mechanics and safety. Other important areas of knowledge for a career as a construction laborer include mathematics, training, customer service, and, of course, building and construction. Similarly, certain skills are often helpful for this career, including the ability to accurately monitor various tools, reading comprehension, and ample coordination (including manual dexterity, limb coordination, strength and steadiness).

In addition, construction laborers need to be able to accurately and quickly evaluate situations or requirements and then think creatively to develop realistic solutions. The confidence needed for this kind of problem solving is difficult to teach, which is why ESTP personality types tend to be such strong fits for this career path. Furthermore, because it requires so much collaboration with co-workers, supervisors, and subordinates, being able to communicate fluently but still concisely both orally and in writing is vital to the success of a construction laborer. While English is most often necessary, other languages can be beneficial as well.

Because of the more physical nature of this career, construction laborers often only need a high school diploma, but occasionally, this isn’t even necessary. However, being willing and able to learn on the job is very important.

Below are some employment trends for Construction Laborers:

  • Median wage: $14.64 hourly, $30,460 annually
  • Employment: 1,071,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2012-2022): Much faster than average (22% or higher)
  • Projected job openings (2012-2022): 489,100

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ESTP Careers

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)