ISTP careers

The list of typical ISTP careers is an excellent reflection of their personality type—colorful, diverse, and unpredictable. The ISTP personality is probably the most mysterious among all types; however, it is also one of the most versatile personalities. Please leave us a comment below if you believe we left some potential ISTP careers out. We really appreciate your ideas, suggestions or criticism. That being said, let us now take a look at some jobs that ISTPs would be really good at.

First, one of the most prominent ISTP traits is their curiosity, combined with the unquenchable thirst for facts and knowledge. ISTPs enjoy finding out how things work and how certain facts could be used to solve a difficult problem. People with this personality type are very practical and prefer the “hands-on” approach, and the best ISTP careers revolve around this. To list just a few examples, ISTPs are great mechanics, engineers, forensic scientists, etc. The key word here is “practical”—ISTPs dislike theory and abstract principles (though they are able to master them if necessary).

Second, ISTPs need a lot of freedom in their careers—after all, they belong to the Explorer (SP) type group. If their work environment is too structured, the ISTP will soon feel very tired and bored; people with this personality type need variety and action. ISTPs are brilliant troubleshooters, and they do not mind taking risks. As mentioned in the description of the ISTP personality type, ISTPs are born for crisis situations. People with this personality type are commonly found in relatively risky careers; for instance, ISTPs often become firefighters, paramedics, detectives, pilots, drivers, and so on.

Third, ISTPs are very results-oriented, self-confident, and loyal. Long-term thinking is not their strongest suit; consequently, people with this personality type prefer to see instant results. ISTPs also tend to be quite relaxed and avoid inflexible commitments. These traits are quite unusual, but there are some careers that make very good use of them; for instance, ISTPs can be outstanding policemen, system analysts (freelance if possible), athletes, or entrepreneurs.

Workplace Habits


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Sep 19, 2014 20:56:29
any painter/graphic designer ISTP?
Sep 21, 2014 19:40:04
me :D
Sep 18, 2014 21:26:52
I'm studying linguistics and want to teach people language (which is a pretty immediate result and rather "hands on" (in a not hand-sy way I suppose)) and this kind of made me feel better about choosing what I have! I'd love to be a forest ranger too... guess we'll see, eh?
Sep 17, 2014 01:41:44
ISTP thinking of law school but I love working as a technician @ the IT department in my school
Kierra Louisor-Arnold
Sep 09, 2014 14:12:04
also working with children in a afterschool/summer camp/coaching position
Sep 01, 2014 06:09:39
Now studying engineering. Thank god, I'm an ISTP..