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10 Jobs Suited to People with a Realistic Personality Type

Do you have a realistic personality type? Many times, these people like to work in outdoor jobs and participate in physically active work tasks. Additionally, realistic individuals have an independent and hands-on workplace mentality. Are you the type of person who likes working with your hands, learning new things, dealing with facts and figures, and succeeding in your goals? If you are, you are hopefully working in a career that suits your personality type. If you’re not, take a look at this list of 10 jobs that are specifically suited to people with realistic personalities. You might find one that is more suited to your specific personality.

See Also: 10 Best Jobs Suited to People with an Artistic Personality

1. Landscape Architect

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Landscape architects plan and design areas of land for businesses, private homes, parks or other recreational pieces of land. Many times, these individuals do a majority of their planning in the office, such as designing and drawing up plansresearching costswriting cost estimates, meeting with clients, and creating models. These architects will also often visit the job site throughout the project duration. Most states require that landscape architects are licensed, have completed a degree in landscape architecture from an accredited college, and pass the landscape architect registration exam. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, landscape architects earn a median wage of $64,180. The projected job growth rate is 14 percent by 2022.

2. News Photographer

News photographers need to be technically-inclined as well as able to utilize a balanced creative side. Their main job task is to preserve images of events and daily happenings that visually tell a story. Their work environment varies depending on their field of specialty. Many of these news photographer jobs require individuals to work out in the field as well as in the studio. In order to become a photojournalist, you need to complete a bachelor’s degree. The BLS advises that the median annual wage is $28,490 and the job growth rate is projected at 4 percent by 2022.

3. Tractor-Trailer Truck Driver

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Tractor-trailer truck drivers transport goods from one place to another specific location, many times crossing several state lines. The majority of these employment positions are for long-haul drivers who operate trucks with a gross vehicle weight exceeding 26,000 pounds. These individuals need to have a realistic personality due to the lifestyle change of being on the road for days or weeks at a time. Most of the time, a high school diploma is sufficient, in addition to having completed training at a professional truck driving school and also obtaining a commercial driver’s license (CDL). The median wage is $38,200 and the job growth rate is 11 percent by 2022.

4. Commercial Airline Pilot

Commercial airline pilots are tasked with flying and navigating airplanes, helicopters and other aircraft. Generally, these individuals fly for airlines or transport companies. There are also employment opportunities for such commercial pilots to fly charter planes or for aerial photography. Most of their time will be spent on the planes, and these pilots spend a good amount of time away from home and can have varying schedules. All pilots need to obtain a commercial pilot’s license from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate. The BLS advises that the median annual wage is $73,280 and the job growth rate is projected as being slow between now and 2022.

5. Security Guard

Security guards work in the commercial arena to protect people (and businesses) against theft, terrorism, illegal activities, or vandalism. Generally, the work environment is indoors or outdoors in public and private office buildings or stores. Most security guard positions require only a high school diploma. The majority of states require security guards to be registered to carry a firearm. The median annual wage is $24,020 and the job growth rate is 12 percent by 2022.

6. Construction Worker

Construction workers work on residential or commercial construction sites. Their work environment is labor intensive and physically demanding, but it is a good position for individuals with a realistic personality. They can work in any type of weather conditions and the labor can be done inside or outdoors. Generally, these individuals have a high school diploma and receive on-the-job training. According to the BLS, the median annual wage is $29,160 and the job growth rate is much faster than average at 25 percent by 2022.

7. Machinist

Machinists generally work in machine shops, factories or tool rooms. They set up and operate various computer-controlled as well mechanically controlled machine tools. Most of these individuals work in a full-time environment, and evening and weekend hours are sometimes required. Generally, machinists have a high school diploma and receive training in apprenticeship programs, as well as vocational or technical skills and on-the-job training. The median annual wage is $40,910 and the job growth rate is 7 percent by 2022.

8. Maintenance & Repair Worker

Maintenance and repair workers are tasked with fixing and maintaining various mechanical equipment and machines in buildings, such as businesses and schools. They can also work on electrical, HVAC, and plumbing issues. Individuals with realistic personalities work well in these types of positions because they get to work on a variety of different tasks each day. Most positions do not require these workers to have formal education in advance of a high school diploma. Many times, these workers also receive on-the-job training. The BLS advises that the median annual wage is $35,210 and the job growth rate is 9 percent by 2022.

9. Printing Technician

Printing technicians are responsible for three basic stages of print production: prepresspress, and binding/finishing. Individuals with a realistic personality and an attention to detail would do well in this profession with regard to reviewing specifications and calibrating color settings. Additionally, they need to assemble the printed documents and deal with any issues. Most print workers operate in a quiet work area. However, some work in larger printing shops. Generally, an associate’s degree or vocational certification is required. The median annual wage is $34,100 and there is no job growth projected, but rather a negative decline of 5 percent by 2022.

10. Power Plant Operator

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Power plant operators basically control and manage the generation and distribution of the electric power supply. The majority of these employment positions are full-time and workers generally operate on a rotating shift basis. Most power plant operators receive extensive on-the-job training and those working in a nuclear power plant need to obtain an operator’s license. The median annual wage is $68,230 and there is no projected job growth, but rather an 8 percent decline by 2022.

Are you an individual with a realistic personality? Does your current job match up with your personality? Let us know in the comments section below!

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