MBTI® Test ISTJ Supervisor of Correctional Officers

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

Career directions typically depend on the personality type of an individual, and what it is they enjoy doing. Because of this, certain Myers-Briggs Test Type Indicator® (MBTI®) personality types align best with specific careers that take advantage of their strengths and preferences. For example, Introverted-Sensing-Thinking-Judging (ISTJ) MBTI test types are logical, regimented, and committed, which helps them be content and fit well in roles such as supervisors of correctional officers.

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Supervisors of correctional officers can go by many titles, including correctional lieutenant, correctional officer sergeant, or shift supervisor. They typically help synchronize and organize tasks, duties, and activities with correctional officers and jailers, which might include receiving or checking in inmates, upholding certain protocols, settling conflict between their team or between inmates, enacting force and security when needed, and making sure that their team stays completely aware of their surroundings. It is the correctional officer supervisor’s duty to make sure that his or her team is always observant, attentive, and up-to-date with information, procedures, and tasks. While much of their day-to-day time is clerical or supervisory, when challenging situations arise, supervisors of correctional officers are often called to the scene. In addition, they develop inmates’ schedules, evaluate and rate their behavior, and facilitate their transport as necessary.

There are several important areas of expertise that supervisors of correctional officers should be familiar with: the laws and procedures of local and state governments, as well as politics as a whole; the behavioral tendencies and psychologies of various types of people, as well as how some psychological disorders or issues should be handled; the importance of procedures involved with public safety and security; and the regulations and methods involved in hiring and training new recruits. More everyday knowledge is also involved with this career, including computer and electronics, clerical duties, training, and administrative tasks.

In order for individuals to excel in this field, it behooves them to develop and maintain excellent communication skills, as well as critical thinking and reasoning skills. They should always understand the gravity of a situation, and know the status quo of what is happening. Most positions in this field do not require a college degree, but do require a high school diploma, as well as the skills listed above. That said, it is very important for supervisors of correctional officers to be able to learn on the job and to have strong leadership skills. It also helps to be well-versed in relevant tools and technology from the body armor, firearms, radios, and cameras indispensable to the field of law enforcement, to the database, e-mail, and scheduling software that maintains records of inmates, documents schedules, and facilitates communication among various staff members.

Below are some employment trends for Supervisor of Correctional Officers:

  • Median wage: $27.87 hourly, $57,970 annually
  • Employment: 47,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2012-2022): Slower than average (3% to 7%)
  • Projected job openings (2012-2022): 18,000

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ISTJ Careers

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)