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Careers for ESTP Personality Types

By Brenda Ellis,

Whether you're a young adult trying to find your place in the world, or a not-so-young adult trying to find out if you're moving along the right path, it's important to understand yourself and the personality traits that will impact your likeliness to succeed or fail at various careers. It's equally important to understand what is really important to you. When armed with an understanding of your strengths and weaknesses, and an awareness of what you truly value, you are in an excellent position to pick a career that you will find rewarding.

The following traits are generally found in ESTPs:

  1. Action-oriented
  2. Live in the present moment
  3. Dislike abstract theory without practical application
  4. Like to see immediate results for their efforts
  5. Fast-paced and energetic
  6. Flexible and adaptable
  7. Resourceful
  8. Seldom work from a plan - make things up as they go
  9. Fun to be around
  10. Highly observant
  11. Excellent memory for details
  12. Excellent people skills
  13. Good-natured
  14. Excellent ability to see an immediate problem and quickly devise a solution
  15. Attracted to adventure and risk
  16. May be flashy or showy
  17. Like initiating things - not necessarily following them through to completion

ESTPs have some advantageous traits that are unique to their personality type. Their skills of observation make them extremely good at correctly analyzing and assessing other peoples' motives or perspectives. Their people skills allow them to use this knowledge to their advantage while interacting with people. For this reason, ESTPs are excellent salespeople. They also have a special ability to react quickly and effectively to an immediate need, such as in an emergency or crisis situation. This is a valuable skill in many different professions, perhaps most notably in action-oriented professions, such as police work. ESTPs enjoy new experiences and dealing with people, and dislike being confined in structured or regimented environments. They also want to see an immediate result for their actions, and don't like dealing with a lot of high-level theory where that won't be the case. For these reasons, they should choose careers that involve a lot of interaction with people, and do not require performing a lot of routine, detailed tasks.

The following list of professions is built on our impression of careers that would be especially suitable for an ESTP. It is meant to be a starting place, rather than an exhaustive list. There are no guarantees that any or all of the careers listed here would be appropriate for you, or that your best career match is among those listed here.


Possible Careers Paths for ESTP

Sales Representatives
Marketing Personnel
Police / Detective Work
Paramedic / Emergency Medical Technician
PC Technicians or Network Cablers
Computer Technical Support