MBTI® Test ISFJ File Clerks

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

Focus, efficiency, and adaptability are all very important for a career as a file clerk, and finding the right occupational fit is imperative. As a result, there are specific Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI test) personality types that can often fit well in file clerk environments. One of these types is the Introverted-Sensing-Feeling-Judging (ISFJ) Myers-Briggs test type.

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File clerks have a variety of daily and long-term tasks, mostly involved with keeping documents and folders properly organized and accounted for. For example, they often keep track of written communications (both in- and out-of-house communication); business cards and other address information; financial statements; and other documentation, both digital and printed. Because of the broad nature of their work, file clerks can work in a variety of departments, and therefore hold many different titles, including: Records Clerk, Administrative Assistant, Documentation Specialist, or Office Assistant. Other duties of file clerks could include fulfilling various office tasks (copying, answering phones, etc.); sorting documents into specific categories; assigning codes or other filing identification to different departments; or developing storage systems for these documents.

Specific skills and subject knowledge are also important for those working as file clerks. Understanding various clerical procedures and computer software (especially organizational computer programs) are very beneficial, as is knowledge of customer service procedures. Other important skills include impressive writing skills, multi-tasking, communication abilities (both oral and written), and time management. Much of a file clerk’s time is split between communicating with others about information included in the documents that they work with and in solitude working to organize these documents.

Much of the experience of a file clerk comes from hands-on experience working in the environment that the occupation requires, and not from schooling. Because of this, more often than not, no degree other than a high school diploma is required to qualify for a job as a file clerk. This is in large part because the majority of tools and technologies that file clerks use on a daily basis are fairly intuitive or are easily mastered. These include filing cabinets, as the name suggests, as well as their mechanized counterparts, as well as inkjet printers, ladders, fax machines, photo copiers, scanners, and other typical office supplies and hardware.

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Depending on the focus of the office in which they work, file clerks may use accounting software (e.g., Quickbooks or Quickbooks Pro), medical software (e.g., electronic health record software), optical scanning software, or other kinds of specialized software. That said, Microsoft Office Suite and Email servers like Outlook or Gmail hosts are almost universal.

Below are some employment trends for File Clerks:

  • Median wage: $15.73 hourly, $32,710 annually
  • Employment: 116,900 employees
  • Projected growth (2018-2028): Decline (-2% or lower)
  • Projected job openings (2018-2028): 11,900

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ISFJ Careers

Click on one of these corresponding popular ISFJ Careers for detailed information including Career Stats, Income Stats, Daily Tasks and Required Education: Court Clerk, Data Entry Keyers, Dietitians & Nutritionists, File Clerk, Insurance Claims Clerk, Insurance Policy Processing Clerks, License Practical & Vocational Nurse, Medical Records Technician,Payroll Clerk, and Work Processor & Typist.

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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)