Career Enjoyment: administrator
An administrator is responsible for the smooth running of defined processes. This role is required in many organisations, and is often concerned not only with following procedures but also solving problems that arise during their execution. This career tends to have salaries in the range £10-25k (based on research in the UK). Typically, therefore, it has very low earnings potential.
Views from people doing the job
The common feedback from people in this career was:
- When people in the job described what they liked about it, the common themes that emerged were: meeting and interacting with people, working as part of a team, variety of tasks.
- When people described what they disliked about the job, the themes were: boring, menial tasks, overloaded with work, difficulty in implementing new ideas, lack of challenge, no intellectual stimulation, being stuck in the same place all day, stress, not enough people contact, long hours, complex projects, lack of procedures in the organization, having to do overtime because there aren't enough staff.
When we asked people in each career to rate their job for enjoyment, on a scale between 1 (low) and 6 (high), the average rating for all jobs was just over 3.5. The average score for this career - administrator - was 3.3, making it slightly less enjoyable than the average job. This is only one part of what makes a job enjoyable. You can find out how well your unique personality fits the job by completing our personality questionnaire.
The table shows the balance of preferences that are required in this career, using the language of the Myers Briggs model of personality. This career therefore involves:
|The demands of the job|
- Slightly more Extraversion than Introversion.
- Slightly more Sensing than iNtuition.
- Slightly more Thinking than Feeling.
- Slightly more Judgment than Perception.
The wheel provides a more detailed view of the types of behaviours required in this career. Each segment represents a behavioural style. Lighter segments indicate that you need to use that style more in the job. On a PC, you can hover the mouse over a segment for a brief description.Lighter/redder segments show the types of behaviour you will need to use more of, i.e.: solving practical problems; following defined procedures; designing new processes; solving immediate problems or crises.
Any dark segments would indicate styles where there is less demand than normal. However, there aren't any - which suggests that you have to be able to use all the styles (at different times).
Comparison with your personality
You can find out how well your personality matches this and all the other careers by completing the MMDI personality questionnaire.