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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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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 

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.

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. 

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!

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...

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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. 

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.

Guest A (not verified) says...

I'm going through bit of an identity crisis and think what you have described here about the two ESTPs you know is totally relatable to me. I always thought I was an ENTJ but think ESTP could be more suited.  Thank you for sharing.  

Dung beatle estp (not verified) says...

Its funny reading these comments... pretty sure people dont know how to judge your own character. Who you want to be not who you really are play a huge factor

ISTJ here (not verified) says...

In a relationship with an  ESTP.....so very frustrating! He is pushy, rude, rule-breaker type (drives offensive/never uses turn signal, etc) and has no GOALS for the future. He says he "hates people" yet seems to strive to be the center of attention when in a crowd, believes he is the only one with common sense, impatient with hesitance, and what I believe to be a narcissist. How is it possible to even get along with this type of person?

ESTP here (not verified) says...

It is helpful to remember that no one is perfect or their ideal self, especially not all the time.

(If you look on the Meyer's Briggs website, you'll see sections describing their personality traits when they are "at their best", "when they're stressed" and even "in a relationship".)

It's also possible to have a personality disorder (Narcisim, bi-polar, borderline, anti-social, etc.) no matter which MBTI they fall under. 

Myra (not verified) says...

Hello,

Totally resonated with you. I met one, I also thought him as a Narcissist. No respect to authority, pushy, aggressive and self-centered. He never considers about the needs of others but always think about his self-interest. Very selfish! I already dropped the ball thinking that that's not going to work. Be sure not to let him control you and hurt you before you make up your mind to pack up. He ain't going to change for anyone but will definitely demand you to change for him. I hope my post helps you too. 

INTJ

ISTP (not verified) says...

You've just got to roll with him. God knows you can't change him. I'm married to one too and it's like being married to a force of nature. Definitely fun, but it can be hard and frustrating to keep up. If you don't like him dump him, he is what he is. If you'd rather keep them go with the flow and enjoy the life of adventure (while remembering to pay the bills on time bc he ain't gonna)

Kyleigh (not verified) says...

Why do I have to have the same personality type as Trump?

Susman42069 (not verified) says...

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lyric schwalbach (not verified) says...

pie is bad

lyric schwalbach (not verified) says...

pie is bad

INFP bunny (not verified) says...

Yes this sound a lot like my Nephew, I love him to bits but he can drive me up the wall. LoL

fortniteGamer (not verified) says...

wtf this great 

devon bourrie (not verified) says...

i think that this test best thing ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Guest (not verified) says...

Not sure if anyone noticed, but during the video it says, "Careers for ENFPs" lol

Sincerely,

INFJ

Ryonna Lee (not verified) says...

I like basketball best, because that's what I am good at the most. I dislike hobbies that don't contain sports.Other personalities are not like me, some people like sitting in the hosue watching television while I like going outside to play sports. Some people dislike sports.

Savaira (not verified) says...

This describe me perfectly right

Guest (not verified) says...

My mom is ESTP,I am INFJ... worst combination ever! Total helicopter mom.

5621086 says...

WHY DOESNT ANYONE LIKE ME OR WANT TO DATE ME I HATE BEING ME

PteMills (not verified) says...

I know your comment is 3 years old and you'll probably never read this but big mood 

lyric schwalbach (not verified) says...

i will 

Natttttt (not verified) says...

I'm an ENFP who fell madly in love with an ESTP I was hooking up with. The romantic, passionate Feeler inside me came out and next thing I knew, the ESTP ghosted me out of the blue. This helps explain why it wasn't a match.

Myra (not verified) says...

ENFP Friend,

I do want to hear about what happened though?

INTJ Friend

oops (not verified) says...

close enough.

Guest (not verified) says...

This is definitely me all the way around except for the sports. I dont like sports all that much.

LiLing Oh (not verified) says...

I am a huge majority of ESTP.
I have no patience with hearing people with their emotional woes... uncomfortable...
I extremely dislike people who make decisions based on feelings, which is not logical or factual at all!
As ESTP, I speak my thoughts out directly. Well, we need to clear the air with a good confrontation, right? Haha

Guest (not verified) says...

Very accurate

Guest (not verified) says...

Wow pretty f ing accurate. I read this is only for 4% of the population! How many of us have a mental illness? ADHD or Bipolar maybe?

5621086 says...

i have adhd and autism and was chosen as a estp. i am so sad as i hate being a teen with these conditions.

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