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Looking to Make a Career Change? Be Sure to Match Your Personality to the Job


medical billing and coding, health claims specialistThe healthcare industry has smart job choices for both introverts and extroverts

If you’re considering going to school to get training for a new career, it’s wise to think strategically. Obviously, it’s important to look at employment outlook and expected salary ranges. However, it’s also a good idea choose a job path that meshes with your personality.

Matching your personality to a job that’s best-suited to your natural demeanor is important for long-term career satisfaction.

If you’re an introvert, or someone who prefers a calm environment, working in a loud hospital unit could be overwhelming. If you’re an extrovert, or someone who craves excitement and interaction, sitting at a desk all day may feel like an energy suck.

However, no matter what your personality type, there’s a good chance you’ll be able to find a career in the medical field that suits you.

(Which personality type are you? You may already have a good idea, but try taking this test from Psychology Today to gain a little more insight.)

Healthcare jobs for introverts

If you’re an introvert, you’re in good company. One-half to one-third of the population have introverted personalities.

Introverts may often be mistakenly considered shy, but that may not always be true. Rather, introverts often require some time alone to “recharge.”

An introvert may be more likely to eat lunch at his or her desk than join the group in the breakroom – not because he or she is afraid to talk to people or doesn’t like others, but simply because the person requires some time for quiet reflection.

Introverts are often excellent listeners. They may have exceptional problem-solving capabilities because of their tendency to quietly mull things over in a calm manner. They may also be excellent written communicators.

Those personality traits may make them ideal candidates to work in medical billing and coding as health claims specialists. The work is often largely independent and may require uninterrupted focus. Interactions with others are usually one-to-one rather than group-centered.

Healthcare jobs for extroverts

Extroverts are pretty easy to spot. These are the people who delight in engaging in conversation with friends and strangers. They seem to feed on the energy of being around people.

At work, extroverts thrive in jobs that allow them to interact with others. They often enjoy the novelty of a changeable schedule over repetitive tasks and may thrive in a fast-pasted environment.

For those reasons, extroverts may enjoy the work required of professional medical assistants, pharmacy technicians, or massage therapists. Each of these roles will allow extroverts to have the opportunity to interact with a variety of people in terms of patients and colleagues. Schedules and duties may differ from day-to-day, giving extroverts the jolt of novelty they often thrive on.

Want to know more? Request information about Salter’s professional training programs to further investigate whether any of these career choices is right for you.

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