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Personality and Career Success

Title: Personality and Career Success: Concurrent and Longitudinal Relations.
Name(s): Sutin, Angelina, author
Costa, Paul, author
Miech, Richard, author
Eaton, William W., author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: serial
Date Issued: 2009
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: The present research addresses the dynamic transaction between extrinsic (occupational prestige, income) and intrinsic (job satisfaction) career success and the Five-Factor Model of personality. Participants (N = 731) completed a comprehensive measure of personality and reported their job title, annual income, and job satisfaction; a subset of these participants (n = 302) provided the same information approximately 10 years later. Measured concurrently, emotionally stable and conscientious participants reported higher incomes and job satisfaction. Longitudinal analyses revealed that, among younger participants, higher income at baseline predicted decreases in Neuroticism and baseline Extraversion predicted increases in income across the 10 years. Results suggest that the mutual influence of career success and personality is limited to income and occurs early in the career.
Identifier: FSU_migr_mhs-0036 (IID), 10.1002/per.704 (DOI)
Keywords: personality, Five-Factor Model, occupations, income, job satisfaction
Note: Published in final edited form as: Eur J Pers. 2009 March 1; 23(2): 71–84.
Citation: Sutin AR, Costa PT Jr, Miech R, & Eaton WW. (2009). Personality and Career Success: Concurrent and Longitudinal Relations. Eur J Pers, 23(2):71-84.
Subject(s): Human behavior
Medical sciences
Mental health
Social psychiatry
Social aspects
Social sciences
Associations, institutions, etc.
Economics -- Sociological aspects
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Owner Institution: FSU
Is Part of Series: Behavioral Sciences and Social Medicine Faculty Publications.
Is Part Of: European Journal of Personality.
Issue: 2, 23

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Sutin, A., Costa, P., Miech, R., & Eaton, W. W. (2009). Personality and Career Success: Concurrent and Longitudinal Relations. European Journal Of Personality. Retrieved from