Careers for SP Types: ESTP, ESFP, ISTP, and ISFP

So you've taken the free career assessment personality test and you want to know what careers will fit you better? If so, you've come to the right place. Based on the empirical work of Isabel Briggs Myers, as well as later research by, we are pleased to be able to offer you the following overview of typical careers for the four SP types.

This page shows careers for the four SP types: ESTP, ESFP, ISTP, and ISFP. All SP types have the virtues of openness, ingenuity, flexibility, and improvisation, as well as great creativity.

ESTP Careers

ESTPs have boundless energy and hard-headed realism. They're gregarious and good at sizing up people. ESTPs frequently know just the thing to say to someone to make him or her feel good about what they're doing and to make him or her align themselves with the wishes of the ESTP. ESTP is probably the most hard-headed and realistic of the 16 types and they are rarely caught by surprise by anyone or anything. They are attracted to careers where they can be proactive and call the shots in their own style and speed - a speed which is frequently faster than that of other types.

ESFP Careers

ESFPs are optimistic, practical, and full of energy. They trust their instincts and do what comes naturally, which in their case will often be the right thing. They are good with people, and especially good at finding the best in people while avoiding their worst sides. When they meet someone who is sulking, ESFPs prefer to focus on the tasks at hand and to speak to people's good side rather than sit down for long and brooding talks. Because they are extroverted they love spending time around people and spending time on the job. A good and gregarious ESFP in the workplace is a boon to all members of the organization and the ESFP will frequently be the most popular face around.

ISTP Careers

ISTPs are action-oriented doers and analysts who have an easy time keeping cool under fire. They're self-confident and often have a wanton sense of humor. When there's a problem, the ISTPs are usually the first to notice and spring into action where their instincts guide them to do just the right thing. ISTPs are normally easy-going, preferring to let everyone go their own way. But when somebody wants to control them, there's a risk that the ISTP will put his foot down, telling the other person to mind his own business. Such are the values of an ISTP who wants everyone to be free to pursue their own ends and not be shoehorned by others into mediocrity and conformity.

ISFP Careers

ISFPs are very loyal, dependable and passionate. They feel a great sense of personal values and it is important for them that the job assigned to them is in harmony with these values as the job is tied up with their Feeling preference and also their self-worth. ISFPs excel when they are given the freedom to go their own way in their work and to do what they intuitively know is right without having to explain it to others or having to defend their actions in long conversations. ISFPs are usually drawn to the beautiful and quiet and they are perhaps the most aesthetic of all the types. People who get to know an ISFP often say that they have a completely different world inside that is more beautiful that anything they've ever seen.

Isabel Briggs Myers: Gifts Differing

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