4 Hot Careers for ESTPs

Clinically Reviewed by Steven Melendy, PsyD. on April 13, 2011

ESTPs are persuasive, action-oriented people who love nothing more than to get things done. They thrive on challenge and are able to handle stressful situations with aplomb. ETSPs are the quintessential “just the facts” personality type. They want to get the facts on a situation so that they can take action as quickly as possible to mitigate or improve it. They're logical, quick on their feet and nimble in their minds. Hot careers for ESTPs let these dynamic people show others what they can do.


ESTPs who believe they would be highly capable in emergency situations should consider a career as a firefighter. Not only do firefighters put out fires, but they're also called on to help deal with other kinds of emergencies, such as car accidents. They sometimes provide medical treatment to injured people. Firefighting is filled with possible hazards of all kinds and appeals to brave, adventurous people who desire to help others and have a strong sense of public service.

If you want to become a firefighter, you will need to earn a high school diploma, and your employment opportunities can be enhanced by taking courses at a college, either two-year or four-year. You'll receive training through a program or at an academy that's affiliated with your local fire department. You may also be required to pass a written exam, a physical exam to test your coordination and strength, and a medical exam with drug screening.


If you're an ESTP who is good with your hands and enjoys problem-solving, you might want to look into a career as a mechanic. Today's mechanics perform all kinds of functions. They help maintain vehicles in good condition and repair them when they break down. As a mechanic, you will draw on a wide range of knowledge from basic mechanical repair to using high technology to diagnose problems with a vehicle's computerized components. If you're interested in becoming a mechanic, you'll need to earn a high school diploma. Your best bet would be to complete a high school vocational program that has earned certification from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence. You can also undergo automotive training at a trade school or a community college. New mechanics start out performing simpler tasks and enhance their prospects for advancement by gaining experience.

Police Officer

Another career well-suited to ESTPs who want to help people in need is that of police officer. You could become a uniformed officer for your locality or a state trooper who works to enforce vehicle and highway laws in your state. Other possibilities include careers in Federal law enforcement such as with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) or the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (BATF). All police officers must maintain alertness and readiness for danger, be willing to investigate suspicious or possibly dangerous circumstances, and respond to calls from people in need. Job preparation depends on what kind of police officer you want to become. To work for a local or state agency, you'll need a high school diploma, and a college degree would be helpful. To work for a Federal agency, you must earn a minimum of a Bachelor's degree. All police officers must undergo training, whether in a police academy or a Federal training center.

General Contractor

For an ESTP who has an entrepreneurial streak and excels at project management, a career as a general contractor would be a great choice. General contractors supervise all phases of construction to ensure that projects are completed in a timely fashion, within budget parameters. As a general contractor, you'll shoulder a great deal of responsibility, and you'll need to be a good decision maker. If you'd like to become a general contractor, you should earn a Bachelor's degree in civil engineering, construction technology or a related field. You'll also need experience working on construction sites. Every state in the United States requires that general contractors pass an examination to become licensed, but other requirements vary. Most general contractors are self-employed and run their own businesses.

Hot careers for ESTPs are those that allow these adventurous people to use their capacity for grace under pressure to aid others and function as effective decision-makers in high-stress situations.


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About the Clinical Reviewer

Steven Melendy, PsyD., is a Clinical Psychologist who received his doctorate from The Wright Institute in Berkeley, California. He specializes in using evidence-based approaches in his work with individuals and groups. Steve has worked with diverse populations and in variety of a settings, from community clinics to SF General Hospital. He believes strongly in the importance of self-care, good friendships, and humor whenever possible.


Dave Gumbrecht (not verified) says...

I think that being an military officer, offers a great way to portray ESTP. It shows hard work and what people will do for our country, it tells us that together we can achieve greatness and further more to come. My father, and grandfather were/ are in the military, always having a good laugh about stories they've told. My grandfather was stationed in Vietnam, endless nights of horror and terror having to fear whether or not you're going to live or die. Today he refers back to it as 'a serious matter'. I think that it's a serious matter not the benefits of being in the military are great, and that's not the reason why it matters, do it for the country, your people, and your family!

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