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Holland Test & Descriptions

RIASEC scores are based on John Holland's theory that occupations can be divided into six different categories: Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising, and Conventional. Usually, you are a combination of two or three.  This RIASEC Test is one way you can find out which areas you score highest in.
  • Realistic
    • REALISTIC occupational personality types like to work with their hands, focus on things in the physical world and use physical skills. They like to explore places and things and frequently have a desire for adventure. They like to repair and make things with their hands, tools, and machines. Outdoor work is often preferred.
      • Characteristics: stable, assertive, physical strength, practical
      • Problem Solving: Prefers problems that are concentrate rather than abstract. Wants practical solutions that can be acted out.
  • Investigative
    • INVESTIGATIVE occupational personality types tend to focus on ideas. They enjoy collecting and analyzing data and information. They are curious and tend to be creative and original. Investigative types are task oriented, and tend to prefer loosely structured situations with minimal rules or regulations, although some structure contributes to their creativity.
      • Characteristics: Reserved, independent, analytical, logical
      • Problem Solving: Prefers to think through, rather than act out problems.
  • Artistic
    • ARTISTIC occupational personality types are the most creative of all the types and tend to focus on self-expression through various forms/mediums: images, materials, music, words, movement, as well as systems and programs. They are able to see possibilities in various settings and are not afraid to experiment with their ideas. They like variety and tend to feel cramped in structured situations.
      • Characteristics: Intuitive, creative, expressive, unconventional
      • Problem Solving: Deals with problems in intuitive, expressive, and independent ways. Tends to be adverse to rules.
  • Social
    • The SOCIAL occupational personality type is concerned with people and their welfare. Social types make friends easily and tend to have well developed communication skills. They enjoy working with groups or individuals, using empathy and an ability to identify and solve problems, and tend to be high achievers and good leaders.
      • Characteristics: Humanistic, verbal, interpersonal, responsible
      • Problem Solving: Deals with problems through feelings. Flexible approach to problems.
  • Enterprising
    • ENTERPRISING occupational personality types are goal-oriented and want to see results. They work with and through people, providing leadership and delegating responsibilities for organizational and/or financial gain. These people tend to function with a high degree of energy. They prefer business settings, and often want social events to have a purpose beyond socializing.
      • Characteristics: Persuasive, confident, demonstrate leadership, interest in power/status
      • Problem Solving: Attacks problems with leadership skills. Decision Maker.
  • Conventional
    • CONVENTIONAL occupational personality types are oriented to completing tasks initiated by others. They pay attention to detail, and prefer to work with data, particularly in the numerical, statistical, and record-keeping realm. They have a high sense of responsibility, follow the rules, and want to know precisely what is expected of them.
      • Characteristics: Conscientious, efficient, concern for rules and regulation, orderly
      • Problem Solving: Prefers clearly defined, practical problems. Prefers to solve problems by applying rules.