MBTI® Test ISFP Packaging and Filling Machine Operators

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

Hammer (1996) writes that Introverted-Sensing-Feeling-Perceiving (ISFP) MBTI test personality types do best when they pursue careers in which they are given the opportunity to work with their hands and produce a tangible outcome at the end of the day. This gives them the sense of accomplishment they need in order to stay engaged and motivated. Myers-Briggs test ISFP’s are often well matched as packaging and filling machine operators.

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Packaging and filling machine operators are responsible for managing and using machinery that prepares industrial or consumer products, both for shipment to vendors as well as for long-term storage. Their main duty is to monitor the production line, and to watch for problems like jams or pile-ups, as well as to observe the machine itself to ensure the packaged or filled products are up to standard. After the filling or packaging is done, packaging and filling machine operators may inspect and remove defective products, carefully count both the accepted and rejected products, and keep a precise and accurate inventory of each, so that accurate records are maintained.

In order to be able to successfully complete this job, packaging and filling machine operators need to be able to use a variety of different kinds of tools, including pallet trucks, razor knives (i.e., box cutters), screw drivers, and tape measures. They may also need to use stencils and spray-paint, or other ways of labeling the pallets, for instance like label making machines. When they are cataloguing and keeping an inventory, they will likely use some form of data entry software or spreadsheet software, such as Microsoft Excel, in addition to word processing software like Microsoft Word. An ability to use email servers like Gmail or Microsoft Outlook is a good skill to have also. While the exact needs may vary by company, these programs have become ubiquitous.

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Packaging and filling machine operators need to have a keen attention to detail, since they need to be able to identify small differences between items and be able to gauge whether particular products are in accordance with standards for sale and production. They also need to have strong active listening, reading, and writing skills, in order to understand and execute orders from their supervisors or colleagues. Finally, they need to be physically dexterous and be able to move precisely, especially when operating machinery.

Because packaging and filling machine operators have tangible results at the end of every workday, ISFP’s feel fulfilled in this career.

Below are some employment trends for Packaging and filling machine operators.

  • Median wage: $14.90 hourly, $30,990 annually
  • Employment: 394,900 employees
  • Projected growth (2018-2028): Little to no change (-1% to 1%)
  • Projected job openings (2018-2028): 46,700

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Click on one of these corresponding popular ISFP Careers for detailed information including Career Stats, Income Stats, Daily Tasks and Required Education: Bill and Account Collector, Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks, Cashier,Medical Transcriptionist, Nursing Assistant, Packaging & Filling Machine Operators, Pharmacy Technician, Physical Therapy Aide, Procurement Clerk, and Team Assembler.

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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)

Introduction To Type and Careers, Hammer, A. (CPP, 1996).