Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Personality and Jobs

I was sitting in a doctor's office the other day, watching the staff, and wondering if there is a "nurse personality." 

Do cops, firefighters, lawyers, accountants, consultants, professors, nurses, and doctors have group personalities; i.e. certain types of behavior that would tell you their job even if they'd disclosed nothing that would directly reveal it?

If so, is this similar to a slight accent which a learned listener can trace to a specific part of the country?

Finally, do people with that personality go into that line of work or does the work tend to produce that personality?


Jeff said...

I think that these types of professions are driven by "helping" types - although their motivations would be different. Could you nail the profession on meeting them "out of uniform"? Hard to say. Each one has a personal style as well as a professional. One isn't mutually exclusive of the other. Just my opinion... - J.

Michael Wade said...


There are people who "break the mode" and yet put me in a room filled with cops and firefighters and I suspect that, through just general discussion, my accuracy rate on identifying which was which would be fairly high and yet there may have been little or no difference when they started their jobs.


Anonymous said...

The work of Dr John Holland using RIASEC supports this idea. I have used this effectively in recruitment and job search activities with individuals.

Michael Wade said...

Thanks for the tip. I'll check it out.