A List of ISTJ Careers

Updated February 21, 2017

The Myers & Briggs Foundation states that the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) personality test is based on C.E. Jung's theory of psychological types. Your psychological type is ISTJ if you prefer relating to your world by using introverted, sensing, thinking and judging skills. describes an ISTJ person as having a keen sense of right and wrong, dedicated to duty, punctual, dependable and playing by the rules. American presidents who were ISTJ include: Andrew Johnson, Benjamin Harrison, George H.W. Bush, Harry Truman and George Washington, but there are many other careers suited to ISTJ people.

Police and Detectives

Law enforcement may be a good career choice for an ISTJ because it demands a sense of fair play, community mindedness, adherence to rules and willingness to take a leadership role, according to the website Personality Page. The need for police and detectives is predicted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics to grow 10 per cent between 2008 and 2018. A base salary range for a police sergeant as of 2010 is between £31,600 and £50,487.

Medical Doctor

You might think about becoming a medical doctor if your personality type is ISTJ. ISTJs like to work alone, but also work well on teams. They like to analyse information, are extremely observant, can be trusted to follow through on tasks and apply logical thinking when making decisions. All of these ISTJ characteristics are important for becoming a successful medical doctor. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the need for medical doctors will grow 22 per cent between 2008 and 2018. A family practice physician can expect to earn between £83,842 and £138,888 as of 2010, according to

Computer Programmers

Computer programming may be another suitable career for ISTJs. Computer programmers spend a considerable amount of time working alone, but may be called upon to collaborate in a team environment. They need a structured, orderly environment in which to do their jobs, and they apply logic and analysis to work situations. Computer programmers are often called upon to work hard and long hours to complete projects. All of these characteristics are common to the ISTJ personality. The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that the need for computer programmers will decline slowly, about 3 per cent, between 2008 and 2018. puts the base salary for a Programmer I position between £27,284 and £43,871 as of 2010.

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Mary McNally has been writing and editing for over 13 years, including publications at Cornell University Press, Larson Publications and College Athletic Magazines. McNally also wrote and edited career and computer materials for Stanford University and Ithaca College. She holds a master's degree in career development from John F. Kennedy University and a bachelor's degree from Cornell University in counseling.