ISTJs are responsible organizers, driven to create and enforce order within systems and institutions. They are neat and orderly, inside and out, and tend to have a procedure for everything they do. Reliable and dutiful, ISTJs want to uphold tradition and follow regulations.

At work, ISTJs are dependable and meticulous. ISTJs take deadlines and specifications very seriously, and work independently and systematically to complete the tasks they are given. Usually preferring to work alone, ISTJs do best in careers in which they can use their organizational skills and powers of concentration to create order and structure and therefore fit well into management positions.



  • Most Value: Productivity

  • Appear to Others as: Persistent, logical, practical

  • Strengths: Perseverance, planning, detail orientation, loyalty

  • Areas for Growth: Stubbornness, tactlessness, guilt, resistance to change


Other Characteristics:

  • Quiet

  • Reflective

  • Practical

  • Action-Oriented

  • Objective

  • Rational

  • Logical

  • Decisive

  • Rigid

  • Sticks to Plans


Common Careers:

Business and Financial

  • Accountant or Auditor

  • Budget Analyst

  • Claims Adjuster, Appraiser, Examiner, or Investigator

  • Compensation, Benefits, or Job Analysis Specialist

  • Financial Analyst

  • Financial Examiner

  • Financial Manager

  • Insurance Underwriter

  • Labor Relations Specialist

  • Loan Officer

  • Management Consultant

  • Personal Financial Advisor

  • Purchasing Manager, Buyer, or Purchasing Agent

  • Real Estate Appraiser 

  • Tax Examiner or Collector or Revenue Agent

Transportation and Material Moving

  • Airline or Commercial Pilot

  • Heavy or Tractor-trailer Truck Driver

  • Material Moving Machine Operator

  • Railroad Worker

  • Taxi Driver or Chauffeur

Architecture and Engineering

  • Aerospace Engineer

  • Agricultural Engineer

  • Biomedical Engineer

  • Cartographer

  • Chemical Engineer

  • Civil Engineer

  • Computer Hardware Engineer

  • Electrical Engineer / Technician 

  • Electro-mechanical Technician

  • Environmental Engineer / Technician

  • Health & Safety Engineer

  • Industrial Engineer/Technician

  • Marine Engineer or Naval Architect

  • Materials Engineer

  • Mechanical Engineer/Technician

  • Mining or Geological Engineer

  • Nuclear Engineer

  • Petroleum Engineer

  • Surveyor


  • Real Estate Broker or Sales Agent

  • Sales Manager

  • Sales Representative

  • Securities, Commodities, or Financial Services Sales Agent

Life, Physical, and Social Science

  • Agricultural or Food Science Technician

  • Agricultural or Food Scientist

  • Atmospheric Scientist, Including Meteorologist

  • Biological Technician

  • Chemical Technician

  • Chemist

  • Environmental Science and Protection Technician

  • Environmental Scientist or Specialist

  • Forensic Science Technician

  • Forest or Conservation Technician

  • Geological or Petroleum Technician

  • Natural Sciences Manager

Office and Administrative Support

  • Administrative Services Manager

  • Bill or Account Collector

  • Bookkeeping, Accounting, or Auditing Clerk

  • Financial Clerk

  • General Office Clerk

  • Information Clerk

  • Material Recording Clerk

  • Postal Service Worker


  • Court Reporter

  • Judge or Hearing Officer

  • Lawyer

  • Paralegal


  • Advertising and Promotions Manager

  • Architectural or Engineering Manager

  • Compensation or Benefits Manager

  • Property, Real Estate, or Community Association Manager


  • Actuary

  • Operations Research Analyst

  • Statistician

  • Nuclear Technician

Protective Services

  • Correctional Officer

  • Fire Inspector

  • Firefighter

  • Police Officer or Detective

  • Private Investigator

  • Security Guard or Gaming Surveillance Officer

  • Military

Installation, Maintenance, and Repair

  • Aircraft or Avionics Equipment Mechanic or Technician

  • Automotive Body or Glass Repairer

  • Automotive Service Technician or Mechanic

  • Diesel Service Technician or Mechanic

  • Electrical or Electronics Installer or Repairer

  • General Maintenance or Repair Worker

  • Heating, Air Conditioning, or Refrigeration Mechanic or Installer

  • Heavy Vehicle or Mobile Equipment Service Technician

  • Industrial Machinery Mechanic or Maintenance Worker or Millwright

  • Line Installer or Repairer

  • Medical Equipment Repairer

  • Small Engine Mechanic


  • Assembler or Fabricator

  • Baker

  • Butcher

  • Dental or Ophthalmic Laboratory Technician or Medical Appliance Technician

  • Industrial Production Manager

  • Jeweler or Precious Stone and Metal Worker

  • Metal or Plastic Machine Worker

  • Power Plant Operator

  • Quality Control Inspector

  • Semiconductor Processor

  • Stationary Engineer or Boiler Operator







    Computer and Information Technology

    • Computer and IS Manager

    • Computer Network Architect

    • Computer Programmer

    • Computer Support Specialist

    • Computer Systems Analyst

    • Database Administrator

    • Information Security Analyst

    • Network or Computer Systems Administrator

    • Software Developer

    • Web Developer

    Education, Training, and Library

    • Career or Technical Education Teacher

    • Library Technician or Assistant

    • Postsecondary Education Administrator

    Farming, Fishing, and Forestry

    • Agricultural Worker

    • Farmer/ Rancher or Other Agricultural Manager

    • Forest/Conservation Worker

    • Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant System Operator

    • Welder, Cutter, Solderer, or Brazer

    • Woodworker


    • Athletic Trainers or Exercise Physiologist

    • Dentist

    • Dispensing Optician

    • Exercise Physiologist

    • Medical Assistant

    • Medical or Clinical Laboratory Technologist or Technician

    • Medical or Health Services Manager

    • Medical Records or Health Information Technician

    • Medical Transcriptionist

    • Nuclear Medicine Technologist

    • Occupational Health and Safety Specialist

    • Occupational Health and Safety Technician

    • Optometrist

    • Orthotist or Prosthetist

    • Pharmacist

    • Pharmacy Technician/Aide

    • Physician Assistant

    • Physician or Surgeon

    • Podiatrist

    • Radiation Therapist

    • Radiologist / MRI Technologists

    • Surgical Technologist

    Construction and Extraction

    • Boilermaker

    • Brickmasons / Stonemasons

    • Carpenter

    • Cement Mason or Terrazzo Worker

    • Construction Equipment Operator

    • Construction Laborer 

    • Construction Manager

    • Construction or Building Inspector

    • Electrician

    • Painter

    • Plumber

    • Sheet Metal Worker

    • Structural Iron or Steel Worker


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