With a compelling drive to understand how and why things work, ISTPs are action-oriented doers focused on the present. They are practical, realistic, and possess an excellent ability to apply logic and reason. They approach their environments with a flexible logic, looking for practical solutions to the problems at hand.


ISTPs are happiest in careers that allow them to use technical skills and tools to problem solve, troubleshoot, or manage a crisis. As leaders, ISTPs are usually up-front leading the charge. At work, the ISTP is motivated by a desire to achieve and utilize technical expertise. ISTPs enjoy mastering and manipulating the tools of their trade, whatever they may be: the traditional hammers and saws, or the more modern tools of business or technology. ISTPs prefer tasks with a tangible result, and typically feel most satisfied when they have built something concrete. Many ISTPs enjoy occupations that involve physical activity, often with an aspect of risk or danger, and dislike being stuck at a desk. They are most often energized by action, and want to jump in to get things done rather than spend much time planning or theorizing.



  • Most Value: Efficiency

  • Appear to Others as: Active, capable, concrete, proficient

  • Strengths: Practical and creative, problem solving, common sense and world savvy, flexible

  • Areas for Growth: Insensitive, risk-seeking behaviors, impatient, private and reserved


Other Characteristics:

  • Quiet

  • Reflective

  • Practical

  • Action-Oriented

  • Objective

  • Rational

  • Logical

  • Flexible

  • Curious

  • Informal


Common Careers:


  • Carpenter

  • Surveyor

  • Mechanic

  • Commercial Designer

  • Landscape Architect

  • Building Inspector

  • Forester

  • Farmer or Rancher

  • Exercise Physiologist

  • Athletic Trainer

  • Dental Hygienist

  • ER Physician

  • Chef

  • Photographer

  • Jeweler


  • Securities Analyst

  • Purchasing Agent

  • Financial Manager

  • Software Developer

  • Systems Analyst

  • Database Administrator

  • Software Tester

  • Property Manager

  • Office Manager

  • Cost Estimator

  • Economist

  • Budget Analyst

  • Financial Planner

  • Paralegal

  • Criminalist






  • Biologist

  • Geologist

  • Police Officer

  • Firefighter

  • Private Investigator

  • Military Officer

  • Intelligence Agent

  • Airline Pilot

  • Ship and Boat Captain

  • Flight Engineer

  • Civil Engineer

  • Mechanical Engineer

  • Electrical Engineer

  • Air Traffic Controller

  • Machinist


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