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Career Interest Survey

What are your interests?

The career interest survey contains 108 items, each a work-related activity. Those taking the survey are asked to rate, on a scale of one to five, how well they would like to perform that activity. Response options range from one being “dislike very much” to five being “like very much.”

After completion, you’ll add up those scores and find what career interest areas you gravitate toward most.



Career Interest Areas

Realistic Occupations – “Doers”

Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.

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Man working on an electrical box
hand typing on a calculator

Investigative Occupations – “Thinkers”

Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.

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Artistic Occupations – “Creators”

Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression, and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.


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man working on a desktop computer
kids sitting in a circle on the ground

Social Occupations – “Helpers”

Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.

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Enterprising Occupations – “Persuaders”

Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.


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man walking and looking at tablet
construction workers talking

Conventional Occupations – “Organizers”

Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.

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