Jackson Vocational Interest Survey

The Jackson Vocational Interest Survey is an education and career planning tool that provides a detailed snapshot of one’s interests and how they relate to the world of study and work.


The Jackson Vocational Interest Survey is an education and career planning tool that provides a detailed snapshot of one’s interests and how they relate to the world of study and work.

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There are over 36,729 possible careers in North America today, and over 284 academic majors. A few will make you very happy. The rest may leave you feeling unsatisfied and trapped. How will you find the one that is best for you? Taking a career test can help.  The JVIS is an education and career planning tool. It provides a detailed snapshot of your interests and how they relate to the world of study and work. It will focus your search for professional and academic satisfaction. You’ll have access to links, resources, and industry contacts to help you learn more about the careers and university majors that will help you make the most of your time and talent.


The Jackson Vocational Interest Survey consists of 289 pairs of statements describing job related activities and requires approximately 45 minutes to complete. Scoring yields a sex-fair profile along 34 basic interest scales. These scales encompass work role dimensions relevant to a variety of occupations and work style scales indicative of work environment preferences. The JVIS employs a forced-choice format, asking the respondent to indicate a preference between two equally popular interests. The JVIS test booklet was updated in 1991 to reflect current terminology. The JVIS Profile sheets and JVIS Reports have been revised to include 1995 norms.


  • Career and educational counselling with high school, college and university students
  • Career planning for adults, including mid-life career redirection
  • Valuable for corporate restructuring

Jackson Vocational Interest Survey Manual

The JVIS Manual, Second Edition, incorporates a number of changes including a description of the new norms based on a sample of 3,500 individuals, additional reliability analyses, descriptions of the computerized reports (Extended and Basic), and an up-to-date section of research on the JVIS. This Manual is a valuable resource for any user of the JVIS!

JVIS Test Booklet

Minor modifications were made to 16 items in the JVIS test booklet to reduce reading level, to maximize cultural fairness and to remove outdated terms.

Reliability and Validity

The JVIS manual provides thorough documentation on the reliability of the test. For example, the reliability of the 10 general occupational themes ranged from .82 to .92 with a median of .89. Median test-retest stability of the 34 basic interest scales was .84 to .88 with different samples. Examination of internal consistency yielded a median coefficient of .84.

Hand Scoring

Hand scoring requires no template and is unusually easy, with a basic interest profile plotted in ten minutes or less. Materials required for hand scoring include a manual, one reusable test booklet, one hand scorable answer sheet and one 1995 profile sheet per respondent.

Mail-in Scoring

Two reports are available via the mail-in service. The JVIS Extended Report includes the basic interest profile, a profile for 10 general occupational themes, a profile of similarity to 17 educational major field clusters, a ranking of 32 occupational group clusters, validity scales, an academic satisfaction score and other information. A narrative summary of the 3 highest-ranked educational and occupational clusters is particularly useful. Finally a section entitled “Where to Go From Here” offers information on related career exploration books and activities. The JVIS Basic Report contains the basic interest scales profile and data similar to the Extended Report but with preprinted interpretive information rather than the personalized narrative summaries. This report was redesigned in 1999 with a colourful new format.


Jackson Vocational Interest Survey for Window software allows you to administer and score the JVIS on your computer. The JVIS for Windows software produces three types of reports. The Extended Report is similar to that available from our Mail-in Scoring service. The Basic Report contains all of the profiles found in the Extended Report, but does not provide explanatory text and career information. The Data Report contains the scores found in the Basic Report in a format designed for use by other programs. The test is also available online.

French and Spanish Editions Available

JVIS test booklets are available in French and Spanish. Both versions have been updated to reflect current terminology. Extended reports for mail-in scoring are also available in French. JVIS for Windows administration and reports are now also available in French.

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