Nicholas Lore used spatial, tangible and nonspatial aptitude in his career guides. One should stand out as being more or less dominant in each person, though some people may be fairly even in two or all three. Plus certain fields require ability in more than one. Here are sketches of all three based on Lore’s descriptions.
Spatials have an inborn talent for precisely visualizing and working with 3-D reality and objects. Architects, surgeons, engineers, mechanics, microbiologists, etc. If you enter these professions lacking spatial ability, as some people do without knowing it, you’re going to struggle.
Nonspatials tune into concepts outside 3-D reality and work naturally with ideas and information. A spatial looks at a house and thinks more about the structure and physical aspects. A non spatial wonders more about the lives of the occupants, the investment value, the feeling it projects, or other non material perceptions, impressions or abstractions about the house. Examples: psychology, literature, religion, political science, statistics, economics.
Tangibles are more hands-on reality. Work that intimately involves the physical world—but without the necessity to actually think in 3-D. They tend to apply things and ideas to get a real world result. According to Lore, it’s also the information technologist’s ability to mentally visualize network connectivety, like a picture of a schematic in the mind’s eye. FBI agents use this ability to put together real world facts and evidence to solve cases. Examples: network engineering, database design, graphic arts, web site design, gardening, cooking, restaurant and retail management, production, zoology, wildlife biology, sports.
You can combine this with your mbti type and maestro/tribal preference. Lore’s book Now What? has a section listing careers for each.