Career Enjoyment: police officer
A police officer is appointed by the government to uphold the law in various situations, e.g. controlling traffic, investigating crime, or maintaining order at public events. Police officers have both a great deal of power and responsibility in using it ethically. This career tends to have salaries in the range £25-55k (based on research in the UK). Typically, therefore, it has a high 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: action, solving problems, working with a team of committed people, helping others, making a difference, saving lives, freedom to manage own time, dealing with a variety of people, responsibility.
- When people described what they disliked about the job, the themes were: impersonal discipline, time pressures, high workload, criticism by others, restrictions, repetitive work, lack of room for individuality.
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 - police officer - was 3.6, making it slightly more 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.
- 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; maintaining good relationships; solving immediate problems or crises; doing things that have an immediate impact on people.
The job does not involve as much: strategic thinking; thinking about what motivates people; challenging the status quo; starting new initiatives.
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.