Careers for ESTP Personality Types
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.
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.