MBTI® Test INTP Geoscientist

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

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The judicious and analytical nature of the Introverted-Intuitive-Thinking-Perceiving (INTP) Myers Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI test) personality types often helps them achieve in a handful of related occupations. Because of these qualities innate to most Myers-Briggs test INTP’s, these individuals can often find themselves fulfilled in the role of a geoscientist.

As geoscientists, individuals work to understand the development, composition, and form of the Earth and other physical components related to its structure and status, often exploring different geological, physical, and mathematical phenomena in order to understand the placement and status of its natural resources, such as oil, gas, minerals, and water. Geoscientists may also work for a company that specializes in waste management, in which case they would work on how to best dispose of the Earth’s waste, and the environmental concerns that come along with an ever-growing waste disposal demand. Depending on the type of company that a geoscientist works for, they may also analyze the physical components and composition of the Earth, whether those include its inner core, atmospheres, bodies of water, or various other scientific fields. The term geoscientist often encompasses a variety of different types of scientists, including (but not limited to) paleontologists and seismologists.

Geoscientists often conduct various studies or surveys on their specific area of expertise, analyzing this data before presenting it. They determine the quality of the Earth’s crust, water, natural resource supply, and fields (such as gravitational or magnetic) through the use of electromagnetic geophysical instruments, radar surveillance systems, and sampling tools. In addition, they rely on a wide range of software applications, including graphics or photo imaging software (e.g., Adobe Systems PhotoShop, IGnet Software, etc.), map creation software (e.g., Leica Geosystems), and computer-aided design software (e.g., Upperspace Design CAD; Trimble Terramodel). By using these software applications in addition to the hardware instruments described above, geoscientists can gather, document, and analyze the data necessary for drawing valuable conclusions about the earth and humans’ interaction with it.

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In order to effectively complete these tasks, geoscientists must have a deep knowledge of geography, physics, chemistry, biology, and engineering. They must also be exceptional at critical thinking and reasoning, while also holding the communication skills required to discuss their findings with others. In most cases, geoscientists also need to be able to write down their findings in the form of reports or publishable articles in order to notify other scientists, organizations, or institutions of their significance and possible application.

A College education is essential in a career as a Geoscientist as over 50% of Geoscientists hold Bachelor’s degrees, while 25% hold Master’s Degrees, and 13% Hold Doctoral Degrees.

Below are some employment trends for Geoscientists:

  • Median wage: $44.25 hourly, $92,040 annually
  • Employment: 31,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2018-2028): Average (4% to 6%)
  • Projected job openings (2018-2028): 3,600

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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)