Relationship between Personality Factors and Job Satisfaction among High School Teachers


Department of Psychology Teacher Training University


The purpose of the present study was to investigate the relationship between the Big Five personality factors and job satisfaction variables among high school teachers in Pune (India) in 2008. A sample consisted of 121 female and 102 male teachers teaching at high schools in Pune, India were randomly selected. The Neo-Five Factors Inventory (NEO-FFI) by Costa and McCrae (1992) and Job Descriptive Index (JDI) by Smith, Kendall and Hulin (1969) were used. To analyze the data Pearson correlation was used. The results showed that neuroticism predicted (low) job satisfaction on all the job satisfaction facets except pay. Extraversion predicted satisfaction with people at work. Openness predicted (low) job satisfaction in general and satisfaction with promotions and people at work. Agreeableness predicted satisfaction with people at work. Conscientiousness predicted satisfaction with work. The results indicated that the Big Five personality factors can well predict the job satisfaction among high school teachers.