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.

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Sep 29, 2014 02:20:34
i am a freelance writer and author. this personality type fit like a wet leather glove!
Sep 28, 2014 11:56:14
I'm an ISTP and I definitely need a lot of freedom in my career! I'm a ski/watersports instructor meaning I never work the same job, or live in the same place for more than 6months. I have a severe inability to look more than a couple of months into the future so definitely can't commit to a real job!
Sep 25, 2014 21:08:20
ISTP in the 3 tests I took and I have always been madly attracted to scientific journalism.
Sep 23, 2014 06:32:30
I think another good job would be something to do with languages and linguistics such as interpretation or working with companies overseas. This gives them some freedom in their jobs, the ability to go new places and learn new languages and things about different countries and cultures.
Sep 23, 2014 03:56:17
I'm ISTP and in school for historic preservation/building conservation... lots of problem solving.