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The ISTP at Work

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. They enjoy troubleshooting and often look for occupations that allow them to apply their skills to solve practical problems.

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.

ISTPs value efficiency and logic, and want flexibility in their work. They prefer a job where they can be practical and action-oriented without being overly burdened by rules, procedure, or bureaucracy.

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ISTP 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 ISTP, while other occupations demand modes of thinking and behavior that do not come as naturally to the ISTP. Occupations that require the ISTP to operate outside their natural preferences may prove stressful or draining, and often sound unappealing to ISTPs who are choosing a career.

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

The ISTP on a Team

ISTPs are practical, task-oriented team members who are usually more focused on the problem at hand than the people involved. They tend to look for ways to contribute with immediate action, and are talented, straightforward troubleshooters. ISTPs rarely demand attention from the team, preferring instead to observe and jump in where they see an opportunity to get something done.

ISTPs bring an efficient energy to a team and usually take it upon themselves to take practical action where they see the need. Their rational analysis often cuts straight to the heart of a matter and helps others see how to move forward. However, they don’t tend to have much patience for abstract discussion, and may neglect the niceties of working with others. In fact, many ISTPs prefer to just do what needs to be done, rather than having to spend time informing or including others.

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

The ISTP as a Leader

In leadership positions, ISTPs tend to be flexible and hands-off, and expect their reports to be independent as well. They are practical and concrete in their approach, and will prefer to lead teams on projects where tangible results are seen quickly. Good in a crisis, ISTPs are energized by situations that must be acted on immediately, and will jump right in to get the job done.

ISTPs have a strong action orientation, and their understanding of tasks is often more kinetic than verbal. They often find it much easier to simply do something themselves than to explain it to someone else, which can create a challenge for ISTP leaders attempting to delegate. ISTPs often find it more natural to lead by example rather than explanation, and typically do best heading up teams of experienced, self-sufficient workers.

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Ches (not verified) says...

After reading a whole bunch of ISTP facts weakness from a number of websites... I can see why people think I'm rude, a jerk & most commonly... an @$$hole.

Luv you all, my fellow ISTP.

papi (not verified) says...

i can relate to that @$$hole part

MR. COMPUTER NERD (not verified) says...

Anyone else notice how creepy "The Craftsman's" eyes look at the top of this page?    XD

Susan Anderson (not verified) says...

And here I always contributed my  personality to being a 100 % Capricorn go figure 

Zlaty (not verified) says...

You mean you ATTRIBUTED your personality to being 100% Capricorn.

INFP here. I'm sorry, I couldn't resist.

Thanos (not verified) says...

Wow, this is so relatable! Too bad I had to kill Iron Man... Very cool!

Thanos (not verified) says...

Can relate, this really helps me so much. To bad I had to kill Iron Man... Very cool!

Tanold Drump (not verified) says...

yup

Jason cowart (not verified) says...

This is me.

Nikki says...

I don't feel that this personality type fits me. I have done this test twice this year and have the same results. I am pretty unpredictable, unemotional, friendly with a million interests. I like being crafty and finding solutions to any given problem. I don't feel like I grew up as a tomboy, but didn't mind getting my hands dirty and climbing trees. The outdoors are my absolute favorite. I can seem aloof as I don't care about things that are unimportant. I don't get caught up in being emotional. I am in the aviation industry, but not as a pilot. I have always thought about being a police officer but decided against it. Then again, I have thought about many occupations during my lifetime. 

Boosey Finn (not verified) says...

Sounds more like a ESFP or ESTP 

Sio’Noir (not verified) says...

You said it didn't fit you but everything you said about yourself was described in the texts. Try reading it again maybe. It definitely described you. 

J100 (not verified) says...

Military Officer should be in the avoid category. ISTPs fit best in military positions where technical/weapon mastery is key. Officers are overwhelmingly generalist administrators. At the very least if an ISTP is a military officer they should strive for a position like pilot, navigator, platoon leader, special ops, etc. Most officers (in fact most of the military) are in supporting functions that will not be well suited to an ISTP.

jovial kumar shrivastav (not verified) says...

Thoughts of an ISTP

according to me the test can basically change your life. Just think about it, that by knowing each others personalitity can help you to understand others in a better way because you know how to act infront of that that particular person that you like the most and you want him/her to get comfortable while he/she is talking to you. And you can also call it mind manipulating technique.

Mike Kaufmann (not verified) says...

Could you make the book suggestions for ISTPs please? I would be really curious and would try to read them. Thanks for all the given info, love it. 

Huien (not verified) says...

  • More likely than other types to suffer cardiac problems

I’m very curious as to this point mentioned. I’m a female ISTP who just hit 30 and have been experiencing heart ‘issues’ for the last year. X rays, blood tests and a treadmill test reveal nothing wrong but yet something in me is convinced this is not normal. The doctor concluded ‘stress’.  I experience anything from tightness, heart pounding and a prickly pain in my chest when this happens- usually when I feel fatigued and still push myself. Nothing to do with caffeine or mental stress in the moment. It’s a physical phenomenon and can even happen in bed when I experience fatigue. No breathlessness or panting or anxiety attacks. So I usually still remain functional and ignore it until it goes away, most of the time. I have a (relatively) healthy diet but struggle to meet my exercise goals as my heart and lungs don’t get stronger over time. Often I fall ill after moderate exercise. The only reason why I’m posting this here because of a health website is because I would like to know if it’s related to my personality type ? Please any answers or arrows pointing even in a somewhat vague direction would be appreciated. 

Matt in Seattle (not verified) says...

Huien, you said you have chest tightness and heart issues "usually when I feel fatigued and still push myself.".
It sounds like you are aware that you are not listening to your body when it tells you that it is fatigued and needs a rest.
So I think you may have answered your own question... when you are fatigued, rest, don't keep pushing. Our bodies are flesh and blood, not machines.  :)

I just previously read the ISTJ description and, like this ISTP description, it says that heart problems are more common for them...
I wonder what the common trait is with regard to the hear problems... the I, S or T ?  
Maybe its the "thinking"?  Maybe we overthink and stress our body out- or over react to things that upset us...
I know that type A personalities (people who get mad and overreact) have more heart problems.  

I focus on relaxing and letting go and not reacting to things that are upsetting (like I used to do). Driving in really bad traffic is a great way to observe how we might overreact to things and learn to stop resisting things we cannot change... which will reduce stress.

"Expending emotional energy over the uncontrollable is the definition of suffering".  - Dr. Paul Dobransky
"Know thyself".

I'm not any kind of professional on this topic in any way!

Jelena says...

I can recognise myself as an ISTP, as well as an INTP. Even when I'm taking the same test on a different pages, sometimes I get ISTP and sometimes I get INTP. Not really sure which one is my true type, because I can see myself in both of these types. Nevermind, I'm pretty satisfied with the results, it's accurate for me. 

Jelena says...

Yeah, I can see myself here, describing ISTP's, but I can recognise myself as an INTP's as well. Like both these types, so nevermind, I like the results anyway. 

Just Bob (not verified) says...

Well some of those jobs ain't the easiest to change career to! Would love to be a pilot or try again at mechanical engineering instead of civil/surveying but there's those pesky bills to pay!

mathies says...

This test is 100% accurate. I've always been interested in mechanics and inventing stuff. I draw on a daily basis. I also love to draw blueprints and write how-tos. you would not belive how hiper i get when im alone and am not doing anything.I have severe adhd but i know how to control it. Belive that this site is 100% accurate. I am an ISTP and i am proud to be one. ISTP IS A GOOD PERSONALLITY TYPE+

karan (not verified) says...

This is exactly like me every single thing i do is here ........OMG I like all those think like aviation i do archary

potato psoas says...

Here are some facts about ISTPs from someone who's been studying MBTI and cognitive functions for a while now, to help some of you confirm your results:

) ISTPs are very logically accurate

) ISTPs are very opinionated

) ISTPs like to debate

) ISTPs can be insensitive

) ISTPs can be very awkward in public

) ISTPs are very good at sport, arts and video games

) ISTPs can see into the future

) ISTPs find it draining to constantly learn about abstract topics - they would rather be playing

) ISTPs find social interaction draining

) ISTPs aren't the best at relationships

) ISTPs are independent and not traditionalists

) ISTPs are rebellious

) ISTPs find it incredibly invigorating to help people

) ISTPs detest "fake" people

) ISTPs can have mental breakdowns and anger issues

) ISTPs don't have the best abstract memory

) ISTPs have amazing kinesthetic memory

) ISTPs can be extremely lazy

) ISTPs lack empathy

) ISTPs are very stubborn

) ISTPs lack the ability to brainstorm and be creative

Farhanah says...

I got I, may be N or S, may be F or T, P but I think this one is the closest.

DeltaJan (not verified) says...

Jesus christ man. I took an rpg personality test that linked my result to this and this description is too hard to believe to be real. I never expected a personality test to be so accurate.

Guest (not verified) says...

Wow that's great

Jackie Tun (not verified) says...

This is me. However, I feel that these qualities are useful for other career paths than listed. Taking my own experience, I have two degrees and various scholarships. I will be training as a barrister (a type of English lawyer) shortly. The mechanics of the ISTP allow me to unravelling complex legal problems and present practical solutions to clients. I should state that I’m intending on practicing at the civil/commercial bar and as such an ISTP may not be as apt to practice at the family bar.

The often terse nature of ISTP’s are also particularly well suited to advocacy as is the ability to reduce complex concepts into simple terms. Persuasion is best done when everyone in the room understands what is being discussed.

Casting that aside . . . I did want to pursue a trade in secondary school.

Out west (not verified) says...

I jump out of airplanes to put out fires, generally don't like discussing plans over action, and all my hobbies involve crafting things. Pretty much nailed it.

Guest (not verified) says...

Im reposting this reply I gave to someone else's comment to the general thread in hopes I might get some more incite to my husband.

Yes! My husband took the test at my request early in our marriage and got infp. It didn't feel accurate to me. Now after a few years of marriage and many misunderstandings between the two of us he retook the test on his own and was honest and got istp. It is so accurate my jaw was on the floor. ... from rotflol

Guest (not verified) says...

I'm amazed, it just nailed it

Guest (not verified) says...

this is so true! i have always wanted something to describe me! this is a project that we are doing in school! its a cool idea and shows how my personality depends on my life style and the way i live it! i guess im a ISTP. i did it 2 times and it was the same both times!!

Sam Pequignot (not verified) says...

This is sooooo dumb

Diesel Mechanic/ Motorcycle rider (not verified) says...

This is amazing. I just got out of a long term relationship, and it nailed it perfectly. I was asking for action and she was more dreaming. this is scary accurate

Cookie Crumbles 1000 (not verified) says...

This is so true its creepy

Guest (not verified) says...

Interesting fact: Link from the Legend of Zelda series actually has this personality type. Any Zelda fans out there who are ISTPs?

Melody Hazi (not verified) says...

I've always felt mis-understood and an outsider, but as I have grown older I have found confidence in myself as an ISTP. As I kid I always took apart things like my parents old black and white TV to figure out how they worked. People see me as aloof ( I was nicknamed the Ice Queen), because I can not tolerate small talk, small people, lines, mediocrity. My motto is always jump and people see me as risk taker/daredevil, but I actually do think before jumping. I often give mixed signals that confuse people because I can be outgoing and gregarious if a topic interests me, but then pull back and am reserved for topics I find mundane. I work in technology and excel at troubleshooting and working under pressure finding solutions to problems needing resolving yesterday. I do not good with expressing compassion or feelings and people tend to think I am cold though I feel deeply. Now if one day I can finally find someone who gets and will put up with me. If you try to change or control me I will be gone faster then you can blink

Guest (not verified) says...

This fit me to a t. I am a woman and learned how to ride a motorcycle back in the early eighties. I loved speed. It gave me the biggest thrill of my life. I have always had a natural aptitude for machines also. I have never been one for small talk either

TheIntrovertedManiac (not verified) says...

I seem to be a complicated mix of ISFP and ISTP it seems. Kinda depends on how tired I am and my current mood, but I think I lean more towards this than ISFP.

Nickimite (not verified) says...

I agree with the majority of the content on this page, however it does seem pretty narrow, even by Myers Briggs standards. I am an ISTP and some of these things about me are true, however it fails to capture what other websites delineating what an ISTP is. This website is particularly bad at including borderline personalities, that is, personalities that are close to 50/50 in I/E S/N T/F and P/J. Simply put, it is overly stereotyping the ISTP personality. I attribute the number of people commenting in awe of this website to their lack of gathered comparable information and the desire of those who closely match to express their opinions, whereas the moderates are less likely to come forward. Good day.

potato psoas says...

You are definitely an ISTP. Your Ti is showing. Wonder what you've learnt in 7 months...

Guest (not verified) says...

it's absolutely true for me....really nailed it...

Gamer (not verified) says...

This describes me. I love technology and spend 76% of my time alone in my room. What else could fit better?

Lyddie (not verified) says...

I'm an INFP, while my husband for 11 years is ISTP. It was described here that I'm a challenging opposite for him. But I'm so in love with him so I fought with all my heart to keep him happy beside me. I think our relationship really works, and we are both satisfied with each other very much. I adore his ability and sense in things (he's like my personal Superman), and he loves me for appreciating all his works to the specific details. So IMO no matter which group you are, if you love a person deep enough, you could have a beautiful relationship with them by understanding their personality. And of course vise versa. ;) MBTI is the best in describe personalities, I believe. So much fun!

Nickimite (not verified) says...

I absolutely love the sound of your relationship with your husband. I also believe that any two personalities can have a beautiful, loving relationship. I do think it's funny how not-ISTP-like this post is. It is open, free, and expressive of the good things in your life. For an ISTP, generally it takes them until later in life to be able to open up at all. It is obvious to me how different our two personality types are, and I think it's wonderful you can be there to help your man grow as a person.

Guest (not verified) says...

interesting nonetheless

Guest (not verified) says...

As an istp i find this very true. But im dissappointed in the lack of job options that should be associated with istp's, like surgeons or lawyer. Im an istp college student who is aiming for a job in plastic surgery. these jobs make the most sense because it appeals to my love of fixing things, aesthetics, mechanics, and curiosity.

Feisfocused (not verified) says...

the jobs did seem limited

ECA (not verified) says...

This makes sense to me. This is spot on and describes me a lot.

Guest (not verified) says...

Part of the 2% :)

Chastinins (not verified) says...

i agree with you all i am a 14 yr old and they all match me! we are doing this for an English assignment and it is actually quite interesting!

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