Conscientiousness is one of the Big Five personality traits and it indicates how self-disciplined and thorough a person is.
A person who scores high on the conscientious scale tends to display high-levels of self-discipline, strive for achievement and are organized and dutiful. On the opposite end of the scale, individuals who score low on conscientiousness tend to be careless, easy-going and spontaneous.
Conscientiousness is measured on the facets of self-efficacy, orderliness, dutifulness, achievement-striving, self-discipline and cautiousness.
Conscientious individuals are time bound, planned and organised and therefore tend to succeed in jobs that require routine and meeting deadlines. Examples of careers that conscientious individuals will strive in include jobs in the public sector, such as the military or police, as a lawyer, or in careers that involve data analysis and research.
Highly conscientious individuals may struggle in careers the require them to be spontaneous, easy-going or have erratic schedules. This includes careers such as an artist or media producer.