We surveyed 223 garbage collectors to learn what personality traits and interests make them unique. Here are the results.


Holland Codes

Garbage collectors are realistic and conventional

Garbage collectors tend to be predominantly realistic individuals, which means that they often enjoy working outdoors or applying themselves to a hands-on project. They also tend to be conventional, meaning that they are usually detail-oriented and organized, and like working in a structured environment.

If you are one or both of these archetypes, you may be well suited to be a garbage collector. However, if you are social, this is probably not a good career for you. Unsure of where you fit in? Take the career test now.

Here’s how the Holland codes of the average garbage collector break down:


Big Five

The top personality traits of garbage collectors are conscientiousness and extraversion

Garbage collectors score highly on conscientiousness, which means that they are methodical, reliable, and generally plan out things in advance. They also tend to be high on the measure of extraversion, meaning that they rely on external stimuli to be happy, such as people or exciting surroundings.

Once again, let’s break down the components of the personality of an average garbage collector: