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The ESTP at Work

At work, the ESTP is motivated to solve logical problems in the moment. ESTPs have a solid grasp of the concrete realities of a situation and a good sense of the resources at their disposal. Because they understand the facts of the present, they are often able to quickly see a way out of difficult situations.

The ESTP relies on past experience to choose the best approach for the situation at hand. ESTPs are concrete and hands-on, and have a kinetic sense of how things work. Although ESTPs may have trouble envisioning abstract ideas, they are flexible in their approach: if something sounds logical, they are usually willing to give it a try.

ESTPs often choose careers that take advantage of their athleticism, their mechanical skills, or their ability to negotiate their physical surroundings. They tend to prefer objects to ideas and often like a tangible product. They may have trouble sitting still and often avoid being stuck behind a desk.

ESTPs like a job that is a bit unpredictable, and offers them some fun and adventure throughout the workday. They want a job which allows them plenty of flexibility to solve problems on the spot, without pressure to follow set procedures or plans.

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ESTP Careers to Avoid

It is important to note that any personality type can be successful in any occupation. However, some occupations are well suited to the natural talents and preferred work style of the ESTP, while other occupations demand modes of thinking and behavior that do not come as naturally to the ESTP. Occupations that require the ESTP to operate outside their natural preferences may prove stressful or draining, and often sound unappealing to ESTPs who are choosing a career.

The following occupations have been found to be unpopular among ESTPs, based on data gathered from surveys of the general population.

The ESTP on a Team

ESTPs are enthusiastic participants who enjoy identifying resources and moving dynamically through problems to find practical solutions. They’re often great in a crisis, when their flexibility and action orientation makes them a clear head in the crowd. They may act as the voice of reason and will often point the group toward using available means to take immediate action.

ESTPs often want to keep interactions fun and casual on a team, and may have conflict with team members who are overly serious or insist that things be done a particular way. ESTPs prefer to keep things open-ended and flexible, and colleagues who want to lock into a plan may find resistance from the ESTP, especially if the ESTP does not see immediate, concrete benefits to the proposed action. They do best when they’re allowed to solve problems in their own practical, no-nonsense way, without a lot of imposed structure or rules.

For more information: What's Your Type of Career?

The ESTP as a Leader

ESTPs are eager to take charge, especially in a crisis situation. They are energetic and persuasive, and read others easily to adapt their approach and move the group toward their own point of view. Blunt and assertive, ESTPs readily offer their opinion without much attention to office politics or personal reactions.

ESTP leaders seek efficiency and trust what they’ve seen done before. They sometimes struggle with long-range planning; they may have trouble visualizing the future and prefer to solve problems as they arise. They want action and movement, and will engage enthusiastically with their teams to produce immediate results.

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marty69 (not verified) says...

My father was an ESTP, that was before he got sick. People change when they get sick like that... so sick he woke up an INTJ. This is the stuff people don't like to talk about. God I hated him for it. I hate what it did to my mother. I hate what it did to me. #ESTPPROUD

Rick-Sanchez (not verified) says...

It's okay Morty, Your Grandpa loves you and you're a great kid. I'm sure being sick, your dad wasn't able to take you on adventures like you wanted. But that's alright. There's so many seasons ahead of us and plenty of adventures to go on in space

yo (not verified) says...

who asked

 

Jodocus (not verified) says...

Blunt

pencil allergy (not verified) says...

Sharp

verified (not verified) says...

Personality types are so changeable smh it's life-threatening. I'm sorry Marty I hate when that happens too. My frog recently acquired a strange disease, when it woke up it was a devil toad. These things are horrible I tell you. 

Big chungus (not verified) says...

Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaa boyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

Extremely ESTP (not verified) says...

Just curious anyone know if it's a good career for a estp to be an accountant or a bookkeeper? Becouse it didn't mention it . 
thanks 

Sharon K Page (not verified) says...

I'm an accountant and I love it!

bookeeper (not verified) says...

I mean it depends, I feel like you would get bored of it really quickly for an ESTP, but if you passionate than I guess, why not.

gmoney (not verified) says...

no it says energrtic and stuff can u read?

 

Guest (not verified) says...

I would die!!! 

DennisWw (not verified) says...

I think it would be very boring to be a bookkeeper. Now i'm a medical student and i wish to be an emergency doctor.

DgMyers (not verified) says...

Pretty sure that line of work will kill you.... its not exciting, no (not really) interaction with people.... dont do it... im a teacher... also not a real estp kind a job, but it gives autonomy, independence and its never boring... 

tripletvn (not verified) says...

Hi, quite obviously on average. ESTP are active, energetic, adaptive, and accounting/ bookkeeping is totally the opposite of that (repetitive, rigid). However, there are always exceptions, also, people could train and change their personality type. In general, detailed and quantitative jobs like accounting/ bookkeeping would fit INxx more, I think.

Patricia Rose (not verified) says...

Actually details and anything quantitative is definitely S, never N. N is big picture. Book keepers are generally ISTJ. 

LG (not verified) says...

Ah man, I hate the assumption that ESTPs can’t have serious discussions re feelings etc. I’m in youth work / community project management and have spent 10 years listening to people and making plans. Most ESTPs I know are highly organised, if adaptable. I’ve journaled and written since the age of 7 to curtail that myth(!), and I’m a Christian so spend a lot of time reflecting on my own actions and impact on others etc. Maybe some of this is learnt behaviour though. Also, pairing types up like this doesn’t necessarily work in reality - my best friend and sister are both INFPs! We are way more on the same wavelength than any of the suggested ideal types, and I am their biggest advocate and they are mine. We each appreciate what the other brings to the table. Energy balance wise, they enjoy my sense of adventure and I need their calmness. Do find preferences fascinating - notice similarities even in specific types who drink coke to those who get psoriasis etc etc, but it’s also pretty unhelpful when it’s inaccurate. Across the board, would be interested in reading more interviews with a variety of people from the same type. 

Olivia C :) (not verified) says...

Under the "ESTP Hobbies and Interests" section, it literally mentioned flying was that a typo or what I am an ESTP and I have never flown in my life nor have I ever met any other personality types who can fly. 

Ilayda (not verified) says...

I have flown on a lot of things tbh lol guess you've never tried acid lmao

Frog (not verified) says...

Hahaha...I thought the same thing... 

Toad (not verified) says...

Rotflmfao #:-)

Frog (not verified) says...

What MBTI type are you, Toad?

Toad (not verified) says...

I am INTJ in the summer, ESFJ in the winter, and when it's raining I become an INTP. How about you, Frog?

Frog (not verified) says...

Wow that's a large variety...do you have DID? 

I am an ESTP.

Toad (not verified) says...

Not that I know of...but I may suffer from the Dunning-Kruger effect...

ESTP? Everyone hates ESTPs.

Frog (not verified) says...

Wow the Dunning-Kruger effect, I'm not surprised ._.

I know, and it's annoying. I hate how ESTPS are always stereotyped as being harsh and emotionless, mean and manipulative. I've met both unhealthy and healthy ESTPs, and the differences between them are amazingly large. The unhealthy ones tend to project their insecurities outward, leading to manipulative behaviors, rudeness, constant passive-aggressiveness, and a complete lack of empathy. However, the healthy ones that work on developing their best traits and improving upon their worst traits have turned into well-balanced, hilarious, charming, intelligent doers. 

It's something I always see in the MBTI community, where this type is hated so much, possibly because when unhealthy, this type tends to project upon other people instead of drawing into themselves as you may see with other types. 

The sad thing is that many choose to be ignorant of this, not just with ESTPs but with other types and their stereotypes. MBTI is all in good fun, and sometimes you can make a joke out of stereotyping (because sometimes stereotypes are true), but it should never be how you judge a person as you see them. 

I see all too often people judging others based on SOLELY their personality type. It's this ignorance that prevents people from seeing outside a 4-letter personality type to the true meaning of the person within. MBTI is a tool that can help you learn more about how you and the others around you think, but it should never be the fundamental basis for any decision you make. 

Toad (not verified) says...

Wow I didn't know you actually had a brain lol Frog

That's a good point. I do see what you're saying. It pains me to say this, but I agree with you. 

JUST ON THIS ONE THING

NEVER ANYTHING ELSE 

Fresh from the depths of hell, 

Toad xx

Frog (not verified) says...

Ah Toad, you'll never change, will you?

Say hi to Satan for me-- oh wait you're him. :-0 hbtu 0-: btw 

Toad (not verified) says...

Lol thanks Frog. Have fun with Paula [INAUDIBLE] today. I heard she's a fun one. Half robot, is she? 

Frog (not verified) says...

That's what people say...I've also heard the theory that she's an alien from two galaxies over. I guess I won't know until I meet her for real today. Wish me luck and if you don't hear from me in a week, call 911.

Frog out. 

Lolwut (not verified) says...

Lol wut is this

Ryan Putman (not verified) says...

I'm ESTP and I live flying. Best feeling in the world.

James Nelson (not verified) says...

INTPs fly 

Fries (not verified) says...

If you can't fly you're probably not an ESTP. Im messing with you, the part that mentions "flying" refrences us using/operating an aircraft, and not literal flying.

the master (not verified) says...

i can 

Imes’ekzy (not verified) says...

yall are nerds except the ppl talking about potatoes and unicorns. I’m a freshman doing something for class. Yall sound smart as heyll too LMAOO

ABuk (not verified) says...

we are the best ESFJ are bad

Anonymousyeyw (not verified) says...

There are things about this that are true for me- I am a do-er. I am a risk taker, I am not always the most sensitive person in some ways, BUT in my work I walk with people as their children die and I am uniquely able to do this with great sensitivity, joining them in their grief without it destroying me. I also have a PhD, and all three of my degrees my GPAs have been 3.7-4.0, so this is also wildly inaccurate for me. 

WifeofanESTP (not verified) says...

Your comment reminds me a lot of my partner who is an ESTP. He is often at the scene of terrible tragedies and can be there in the moment, supporting people in their grief and pain and empathising, but can walk away and process what has happened without getting completely swamped in the trauma. He calls it compartmentalising. I think ESTPs get a bad reputation as being emotionally immature but I don't think thats the case at all. I think the ability to think clearly and quickly is the same tool ESTPs use to process and move on. Just a thought!

ENFPBUTTERFLY (not verified) says...

No thank you.

person (not verified) says...

umm it says im athletic...yea no

Aditya Nair (not verified) says...

I am not the least bit athletic or adventurous and I don't even like talking risks. They have also said that estps aren't lazy. Clearly I am an exception. I am very lazy. I think that maybe this is like 90-95% accurate 

khii (not verified) says...

ong

 

Watson (not verified) says...

I always hear this stereotypical version of ESTPs. I know two and they aren't adrenaline junkies or sports nuts they do enjoy eating, drinking, being active and hanging with a wide network of friends. They may seem irresponsible but they are highly resourceful, talented and smart. They like to think on their feet and not plan too much but they always seem to get things done. They can be sensitive to disrespect or abandonment. The two I know, one my husband and one a girlfriend are incredibly loyal to their partners and are deeply affected if they break up with them. They drown their sorrows with indulgence and distraction. They like to have fun but make no mistake about their business and street savy. They make money like it grows on trees even if they aren't the best savers. It always seems like they have enough. They are sharp about human interactions and they know how to talk to just about anyone, they see through lies, they detect falsity. Don't try to fool them, they see you a mile away. They add very complex people although you may not see it unless you are close to them and very perceptive, that's because they keep their inner feelings hidden, even from themselves. They are the least introspective people and it takes a lot for them to finally see the connections of their own emotions. But they feel a lot and they are usually generous, sympathetic and giving friends. Their loyalty, once earned is solid. But if you cross them or decive you can forget it, they'll never change their mind about you. I find them honorable and beneficiary although mostly self interested. They can balance that really well, they are all about win/wins. These Estps are competitive but if everyone gets something out of it, all the better. They are good people and I'm always on awe of their abilities. 

Renee Brooke (not verified) says...

Thank you for that summary! You have described me to a T! I have been in the wrong career for a while but making the best of it because it brought in the needed funds. But I am at a point in my life that although I still need to work I can probably look into other things that will speak to me more. I have been so miserable in my job for quite a while even though it's been a good job but now I am ready for a change and as I said your description was so spot on. I sent it to my college roommate and my husband and they were both in total agreement! Thank you for being so thoughtful in your discussion

Jessica W (not verified) says...

Thank you for the summary. Sounds just like me and I take it all as a compliment. 

Jron (not verified) says...

Wow this is literally me to a T, thank you

INFJLuke (not verified) says...

Watson,

Described my ESTP husband well. The stereotype one who always likes sports or is impulsive and unable to plan for the future. My husband makes money like it grows on trees too, but he is smart with his money. He always has an amount left over for emergencies despite how much he spends. His father is also ESTP and has stereotypical traits of infidelity and always playing sports, but that's not the only version out there. My husband is also very faithful and very hurt by anyone who lies or deceives him. Infidelity is a big red mark for him as well. We are in it for the long haul, but ironically he doesn't like to think much about the future despite having vague plans for it. 

Michèle (not verified) says...

Thanks for your description. I confirm. I'm a. ESTP, though I felt you were describing me. 

Robkat317 (not verified) says...

I just took the MB test for the first time a few days ago. I am an ESTP...your description pretty much describes me exactly. My husband of 20 years also read it and also completely agreed.

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