MBTI® Test ISTJ Transportation Inspectors

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

Logic and discipline are two essential skills for a career as a transportation inspector. Specific Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI test) personality types will often find that they are well-suited and fulfilled in such a career with such characteristics. One of the Myers-Briggs test types that are generally a good fit for transportation inspectors is the Introverted-Sensing-Thinking-Judging (ISTJ) types.

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A transportation inspector’s duty is to make sure that any working equipment, system or vehicle fulfills certain standards regarding safety, ability, liability, and efficiency. They often examine various transportation devices and vehicles for destruction, malfunction, or deterioration; fulfillment of wide-reaching directives (such as safety or maintenance rules); and accuracy of repairs. After examinations, transportation inspectors will prepare reports or provide follow-up recommendations for future action. Individuals in this occupation will also analyze the capabilities and qualifications of others who wish to work with transportation equipment.

To excel in this profession, a distinct level of mechanical knowledge is required, as most of the tasks at hand will involve understanding how a machine works and what can be done to fix it. Likewise, understanding engineering principles and theories will aid in the inspections and analyses. In addition, transportation inspectors must be able to use many different kinds of tools involved in measuring, detecting, and resolving problems. These may include adjustable wrenches and screwdrivers to hydraulic lifts and gas monitors. They may also use electromagnetic materials like voltmeters, ammeters, and even toxicity scales like gas monitors. Analytical and database software are also indispensable. For instance, diagnostic software can help document any existing issues, and many different database user interface and query software document and facilitate many different processes.

Certain professional skills will also help those in transportation inspection occupations. These include a high level of critical thinking and understanding of how things operate; patience when monitoring the performance of various devices, listening and reading comprehension for fully understanding what is going wrong; and oral directness for explaining problems to others. Physical skills are also extremely necessary for this career—steady hands, excellent vision, and overall nimbleness—to make sure that repairs and inspections are completed accurately.

To begin a career as a transportation inspector, individuals usually need some college experience or vocational school experience, but a degree is not required. Training and work experience is usually more important. For this reason, it is also important for transportation inspectors to be able to learn quickly and effectively on the job.

Below are some employment trends for Transportation Inspectors:

  • Median wage: $33.26 hourly, $69,170 annually
  • Employment: 26,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2012-2022): Average (8%-14%)
  • Projected job openings (2012-2022): 11,700

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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)