Match Your Interests to Occupations

Match Your Interests to Occupations
Before you choose a career or start a job search, you should know which careers match your personality. Picking the right job increases your chances of future job satisfaction and career success.


Interest Profiler Assessment online
Taking an interest assessment can help you understand which careers might be the best fit for you. An interest assessment will give you a broad list of career options that match your interests.

Begin here for the Interest Profiler Assessment online:  Interest Profiler


Interest Profiler Assessment Results
Have a two or three-letter interest code? See the occupations which match your results based on the interest group.

Begin here for your Interest Profiler Assessment Results online: Interest Profiler Results


Discover Your Interests at: My Next Move
- My Next Move is an interactive tool for job seekers and students to learn more about their career options. The site has tasks, skills, salary information, and more for over 900 different careers. Users can find careers through keyword search; by browsing industries that employ different types of workers; or through the O*NET Interest Profiler, a tool that offers personalized career suggestions based on a person's interests and level of work experience. 


Interest Profiler Assessment Exercise Form
Read the directions below to begin Interest Profiler Assessment Exercise (NOTE: provides same results as online version):

  1. Fill in the circles next to the activities that you like to do.
  2. Then, add the columns at the bottom of the exercise. Write down the number of filled circles for each letter.
  3. The letters with the most circles are your interest code. Most people have a 2-3 letter interest code, also called a Holland Code.

Begin here for the Interest Profiler Assessment Exercise Form a.k.a. 'Match Your Interests to Occupations'Match Your Interests to Occupations (pdf)

Holland Code Letter Interest Code
R = Realistic people are DOERS
They are often good at mechanical or athletic jobs. They like to work with things like machines, tools or plants and they like to work with their hands. They are often practical and good at solving problems.
I = Investigative people are THINKERS
They like to watch, learn, and solve problems. They often like to work by themselves, tend to be good at math and science, and enjoy analyzing data.
A = Artistic people are CREATORS
They like to use their creativity and come up with new ideas. They usually want to work with less rules or structure. They enjoy performing (theater or music) and visual arts.
S = Social people are HELPERS
They like to work directly with people rather than things. They enjoy teaching, counseling, or curing others. They are often good public speakers with helpful, kind personalities
E = Enterprising people are PERSUADERS
They like to work with other people. They often like to influence, persuade or perform for people. They like to lead. They tend to be assertive and enthusiastic
C = Conventional people are ORGANIZERS
They are very detail oriented and like to work with data. They are often organized and good with numbers. They are also good at following instructions. They also like working in structured situations

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