About ISTP – ‘The Crafter’

With a compelling drive to understand how and why things work, ISTPs are action-oriented doers focused on the present. They are practical, realistic, and possess an excellent ability to apply logic and reason. They are masters of tools from the microscopic drill to the supersonic jet, and they are happiest in careers that allow them to use technical skills and tools to problem solve, troubleshoot, or manage a crisis. As leaders, ISTPs are usually up-front leading the charge. ISTPs make up 5.4 percent of the U.S. population.

What ISTP Means

Introversion icon50.7%

of U.S.


You gain energy from your inner world.

Sensing icon73.3%

of U.S.


You value the actual, practical, and present.

Thinking icon40.2%

of U.S.


You base decisions on logic and facts.

Perceiving icon45.9%

of U.S.


You’re adaptable and prefer flexibility.

How Common ISTPs Are

ISTP bar graph

Characteristics of ISTPs

They Most Value
They Appear to Others As
Active, Capable, Concrete, Proficient
  • Quiet
  • Reflective
  • Practical
  • Action-Oriented
  • Objective
  • Rational
  • Logical
  • Flexible
  • Curious
  • Informal

Careers for ISTPs

Learn More

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