chapter  6
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Vocational Psychology and Personality

WithW. Bruce Walsh

The notion that personality relates in meaningful ways to the kinds of careers people select and their performance and satisfaction in those careers has a long and significant history in vocational psychology. There is a substantial database indicating that people tend tomove toward, enter, and remain in occupational environments congruentwith their personality traits. Stated differently, individuals in a given occupational environment tend to have similar personality traits. In addition, a large database demonstrates that personality is predictive of career choice behaviors, work values, vocational interests, and career satisfaction.