Job Satisfaction Indicators

12 job temperament areas

The Job Satisfaction Indicators section consists of 96 items. The person is asked to respond whether they like, dislike or are neutral to a job temperament indicator. The scales are homogeneous and individual scale items are assigned position via a table of random numbers. The scales are attempting to measure the 12 job temperament areas found in Volume II of the Dictionary of Occupational Titles.


The number of tasks/ projects a person wants to have going on at any point in time. One’s preferred level of linearity in approaching tasks.

Adaptable to Repetitive Work

An individual’s preferred task cycling rate. The extent to which an individual needs the work environment to be marked by a high degree of predictability & structure.

Adapt. to Perform. under Specific Instructions

How much one likes following rules, regulations, policies, procedures, protocol, recipes, blueprints, directions, etc. How much direct/ hands on supervision is preferred.


The extent to which a person likes to control, direct, organize and be responsible for his/her own work and the work of others. [Taps into Leadership Style rather than management (which is a set of skills)]


The extent to which one finds people facilitative to a positive work environment.


Extent to which one needs to regulate one’s privacy.


How much a person likes to discuss, persuade, convince, and even argue with others.


How much one likes to procrastinate, prefers to work under pressure, and how much one needs deadlines in order to be sufficiently motivated to work.


How much a person likes making gut level, intuitive decisions based on one’s subjective impressions and feelings.


How much a person likes making decisions based on externally verifiable facts and data.


The extent to which an individual likes to express one’s self as unique in the way work is done, through dress, by how work and work space is organized, etc. The extent to which a person is territorial with respect to personal space & objects. How willing one is to conform to others’ standards of style and taste.


The extent to which an individual likes to pay attention to detail, the bottom line, the big picture.