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Happy Career Trails Begin With Your Interests


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What Interest Profile Fits You?

Interest information can start you on the trail of a career where you look forward to work each day. Think about your interests. Do you have hobbies or activities that you do to the point of losing track of time? What kinds of activities are they? Did you know that you could investigate the kinds of jobs that may use your interests? Once you identify your interests, LaborMarketInfo can provide a list of occupations that may be just the job for you.

According to interest research, there are six vocational personality types, commonly referred to by the acronym R–I–A–S–E–C. Profiles of these six interest profiles are presented below. Which profile fits your interests best?

Image of the RIASEC Interest Profiles

REALISTIC OCCUPATIONS involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and 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.

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

ARTISTIC OCCUPATIONS 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.

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

ENTERPRISING OCCUPATIONS 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.

CONVENTIONAL OCCUPATIONS 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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