ISTJs make up 12% of the US population.
ISTJs are responsible organizers, driven to create and enforce order within systems and institutions. They are reliable and dutiful, and motivated to uphold traditions and regulations. Although they are Introverted, ISTJs are rarely isolated; typical ISTJs know just where they belong in life, and like to understand how they can participate in established organizations and systems. ISTJs like to know what the rules of the game are, valuing predictability more than imagination. They are logical and methodical, and often enjoy tasks that require them to work with step-by-step reasoning to solve a problem. ISTJs work systematically to bring order to their own small parts of the world.
Popular hobbies for the ISTJ include concentration games like chess and Trivial Pursuit, playing computer games, watching sporting events, physical fitness, and playing solitary sports such as golf.
At work, ISTJs are dependable and meticulous. ISTJs take deadlines and specifications very seriously, and will work independently and systematically to complete the work they are given. ISTJs value a stable work environment with clear expectations and few surprises. They are at their best when they can create detailed plans of action and follow them with little deviation. Although ISTJs typically like to do a majority of their work independently, they often appreciate the value of participating on a team as well, so long as their colleagues are reasonable and businesslike and there is a clear hierarchy so that they know who is in charge. An ideal job for an ISTJ allows them to solve logical problems in an orderly way. An ideal work environment for an ISTJ is quiet, organized, and as predictable as possible, with rules and regulations that are well established and clearly adhered to by all.
In leadership positions, ISTJs are clear about expectations and procedures. They are action-oriented and practical, and lead their teams to achieve specified outcomes within clear timeframes. They prefer not to improvise and are most comfortable leading in their own areas of expertise, with employees that have demonstrated competence in the field. They are not skilled at politics, and may sometimes overlook niceties in their drive to control process and achieve team goals.
Popular careers for the ISTJ include:
- Office manager
- Efficiency analyst
- Chief Information officer
- Property manager
- Real estate appraiser
- Police officer
- Commercial airplane pilot
- Flight engineer
- Compliance inspector
- Technical instructor
- Computer programmer
- Database administrator
- Estate planner
- Budget analyst
- School administrator
- Medical technologist
In relationships, the ISTJ is loyal and reliable. ISTJs have a strong respect for tradition and often assume typical gender roles in their relationships, with male ISTJs taking on the role of provider and female ISTJs caring for home and family. ISTJs value stability, and tend to appreciate relationships that they can count on over the long term. They keep their promises and expect others to do the same. ISTJs are resoundingly logical and can be stubborn once they've decided on the best course of action; they usually like things done their way. They are typically most satisfied with a partner who can recognize and appreciate the hard work they put in to contribute to the household.
Good matches for the ISTJ include other Sensing Judgers (ESTJ, ISTJ, ESFJ, and ISFJ). Couples who share preferences for Sensing and Judging enjoy the highest rate of relationship satisfaction of all possible matches, possibly due to their shared respect for loyalty and tradition.
As parents, ISTJs are firm in their expectations and consistent in enforcing rules. They expect their children to be as dutiful as they are, and concern themselves with passing on a strong work ethic and the skills needed to maintain a home.
Famous ISTJs include Queen Elizabeth II, Harry Truman, Warren Buffet, George Washington, Queen Victoria, George H.W. Bush, and J.D. Rockefeller.
Interesting facts about the ISTJ:
- On personality trait measures, score as Calm, Stable, Steady, Cautious, and Conventional
- More likely than other types to experience cardiac problems and hypertension
- More likely than other types to experience chronic pain
- Among four highest types in college GPA
- More frequent among African Americans
- Personal values include Financial Security
- Most likely of all types to enjoy a work environment where “everything is done by the book”
- Overrepresented among bank officers, financial managers, MBA students, and small business owners
- Often found in careers in management, administration, law enforcement, and accounting