Date of Award

Fall 1991

Document Type

Dissertation - Restricted

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Education

Abstract

During the 20th century many people have tried to solve the mysteries of career/job satisfaction. What are the components necessary for one's life-long work to be satisfying? Answers to this question are not only important to the worker but also to the employer and perhaps, the economies of nations as well. The belief is that happy workers are productive workers. During a time in our own country's history when many displaced workers must seek new careers, the search for answers may be even more urgent. Finding answers to this question is by no means a simple task. Many factors contribute to a satisfying and productive career. Some of those factors relate to the job itself such.as: work environment, supervisors, and benefits. Other factors relate to the individual and include such things as: ability, interests, and personality characteristics. This study chose to further explore the issue of personality as it affects career satisfaction. The specific question the study attempts to answer is whether or not career satisfaction can be predicted from the Myers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator. Previous studies have suggested that a relationship does exist between MBTI types and satisfaction with one's job. Much of the research, however, has been conducted on the medical profession. This study has as its focus individuals who are in the parish ministry. It is the hope of this writer that relationships between the MBTI and ministry satisfaction might be established. If this is possible, it might prove valuable in the career decision making process by helping individuals identify their characterlogical strengths and weaknesses for ministry.

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