O*NET Career Interests Inventory, Third Edition

Use the O*Net Career Interest Inventory to help individuals uncover their top RIASEC (Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising, and Conventional) interest areas.

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Use the O*Net Career Interest Inventory to help individuals uncover their top RIASEC (Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising, and Conventional) interest areas. 

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This best-selling inventory helps individuals match their interests to O*NET job titles. In just 30 minutes, test takers respond to 180 work activity statements, uncover their top RIASEC (Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising, and Conventional) interest areas, and review an extensive list of related O*NET occupations categorized by required preparation (the U.S. Department of Labor’s five “job zones”). In-depth suggestions for further research help individuals explore career options. A job information worksheet gives guidance for evaluating occupations.

In this edition, the work activity statements have been reviewed and updated to reflect changes in technology, the economy, and the workplace. The job titles have been extensively updated to conform to the latest O*NET taxonomy.

This inventory is self-scoring and self-interpreting and is based on decades of research. It makes an ideal starting point for anyone engaging in career exploration.

The O*NET Career Interests Inventory consists of 180 items representing work, learning, and leisure activities such as “Market a new line of clothing” or “Study the personalities of world leaders.” These activities are scored as either like, unsure, or dislike. Results are totaled in six dimensions corresponding to the six interest areas of the Holland scale: Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising, and Conventional. A high score indicates a high interest in that area.

The assessment folds out to a 6-panel “Work Interests to Careers Chart” listing more than 850 job titles arranged within the six interest groupings. The job titles are further organized into subgroups based on the level of education or training required. These job titles come from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Information Network (O*NET). The inventory also tells the user where to get information on these O*NET jobs, provides a “Job Information Worksheet” to help the user gather information on jobs of high interest, and provides space to set future goals.

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