This research examines the relationship between the “Big 5” (e.g., Goldberg, 1990; Barrick & Mount, 1991) personality dimensions (i.e., conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness, openness, and emotional stability/neuroticism), job satisfaction, and two measures of career success (e.g., objective and subjective). This study’s aim is to enhance organizational research by demonstrating the mediating effects of job satisfaction on the personality and career success relationship. The study tests hypotheses using data collected from 299 working adults in the southeastern United States. Findings indicate that job satisfaction either fully or partially mediates several of the relationships between personality attributes and career success but not uniformly for objective and subjective measures. The paper concludes with a discussion of the study’s results, relevant strengths, limitations, and directions for future research.
Personality, Job Satisfaction, Career Success