MBTI® Test ISTJ Nuclear Power Reactor Operators

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

Certain occupations seem almost tailor-made for a corresponding Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI test) personality types. A career as a nuclear power reactor operator requires a high level of analytical thought processes and informed decision-making. Because of the nature of the job, Introverted-Sensing-Thinking-Judging (ISTJ) Myers-Briggs test personality types often find themselves satisfied and fulfilled working as nuclear power reactor operators.

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Much like the name suggests, individuals who work as nuclear power reactor operators usually spend their working time running and managing nuclear reactors. This duty could involve anything from changing rod and control positions that regulate specific important measurements (flux level, rate of power flow, coolant temperature, etc.); answering to any system problems that arise and pinpointing or recommending a solution; keeping accurate records of the reactor’s operations; working with various equipment (boilers, turbines, wells, etc.); properly preparing, transferring, loading, and unloading nuclear fuel; and inspecting the components of the reactor on a regular basis. Operators also serve supervisory roles, like overlooking, monitoring, or evaluating technicians’ work to ensure quality and environmental safety. They may also be responsible for authorizing some procedures or actions to correct inefficiencies or increase safety. In order to do this, they also measure radiation levels in different parts of the facility and ensure that they are kept as low as possible.

Because of the specialized nature of this occupation, possessing knowledge of a variety of career-specific tools is imperative. Instruments such as air samplers, dosimeters, rods, radiation detectors, and pumps are used often, as are technological tools such as data base software. Beyond knowledge of these tools, an individual should also be knowledgeable in certain subjects, as well as physical and mental processes. For example, an in-depth understanding of physics, engineering, chemistry, mathematics, and technology is essential. Also, an intricate knowledge of safety is extremely important in this dangerous environment. In addition, the ability to communicate clearly in English and other relevant languages as well as to learn on-the-job are extremely important. Operators often answer to superiors or supervise people, so communication is of the utmost importance.

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Alongside a specialized knowledge of the above subjects, certain career skills will help people excel as nuclear power reactor operators. Multifarious problem-solving skills, as well as logical reasoning, will help operators diagnose problems. Coordination and dexterity will also aid with this occupation. There is no set education requirement for a career as a nuclear power reactor operators, so different employers will ask for a high school diploma only, while others will require an associate’s degree or some college education.

Below are some employment trends for Nuclear Power Reactor Operators:

  • Median wage: $48.33 hourly, $100,530 annually
  • Employment: 6,400 employees
  • Projected growth (2018-2028): Decline (-2% or lower)
  • Projected job openings (2018-2028): 500

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Click on one of these corresponding popular ISTJ Careers for detailed information including Career Stats, Income Stats, Daily Tasks and Required Education:  Accountant, Air Traffic Controller, Aircraft Mechanic / Service Technician, Civil Engineer, Environmental Science & Protection Tech, Nuclear Power Reactor Operator, Security Guard, Supervisor of Correctional Officers, Tax Examiner / Collector / Revenue Agent, and Transportation Inspector.

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  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics wage data and 2012-2022 employment projections Onetonline.org
  2. MBTI® Type Tables for Occupations, 2nd Edition. Schaubhut, N. & Thompson, R. (CPP, 2008)