Career Interest Inventory



Choosing a career is a matching process. Simply match your needs with the career that best fits them. The Career Interest Inventory assists you in this matching process. It will show you how to identify the healthcare careers most likely to satisfy you.

You

Career

 

Your needs, values, abilities, skills, interests, and aspirations.

 

The career’s demands and potential for satisfying your needs.

People can be grouped into six personality types. They are realistic, investigative, artistic, social, enterprising, and conventional. Healthcare careers can be grouped the same way. If you know what personality type you are most like, you can match it with a career found within that group.

Your Personality Type

Compatible Work Environment

 

Realistic
Investigative
Artistic
Social
Enterprising
Conventional

 

Realistic
Investigative
Artistic
Social
Enterprising
Conventional


How Do You See Yourself?

Read each statement below and decide how much it describes you. If the statement is very true of you, write a “2” on the line next to it. If the statement is mostly true of you, write in a “1.” If the statement does not describe you, write in a “0.”

R

_______ I like to work with animals, tools, or machines.
_______ Compared to others my age, I have good skills working with tools, mechanical drawings, machines, or animals.
_______ I am athletic, play a sport, and like to be physically active.
_______ I value practical things you can see or touch like plants and animals you can grow, or things you can build or make better.
_______  I love nature and like to work outdoors; my hobbies include landscaping and growing plants/flowers.
_______ I am practical, mechanical, and realistic.


I

_______ I like to study and solve math or science problems.
_______ I am good at understanding and solving science and math problems, compared to others my age.
_______ I enjoy crossword puzzles and board games.
_______ I value science and understand scientific theories.
_______ I am interested in preserving endangered species.
_______ I am precise, scientific, and intellectual.


A

_______ I like to do creative activities like art, drama, crafts, dance, music, or creative writing.
_______ Compared to others my age, I have good artistic abilities – in creative writing, drama, crafts, music, or art.
_______ I value the creative arts – like drama, music, art, or the works of creative writers.
_______ I am artistic, imaginative, original, impulsive, and independent.
_______ I like to work on crafts and take photographs.
_______ I can play a musical instrument and enjoy performing in front of people.


S

_______ I like to do things where I can help people: like teaching, first aid, or giving information.
_______ Compared to persons my age, I am good at teaching, counseling, nursing, or giving information.
_______ I express myself clearly and can lead a group discussion.
_______ I like to do volunteer work and religious activities.
_______ I value helping people and solving social problems.
_______ I am helpful, friendly, and trustworthy.


E

_______ I like to lead and persuade people, and to sell things or ideas.
_______ Compared to persons my age, I am good at leading people and selling things or ideas.
_______ I would like to start my own business and meet important people.
_______ I value success in politics, leadership, or business.
_______ I enjoy watching the stock market and reading business journals.
_______ I am energetic, self-confident, ambitious, and sociable.


C

_______ I keep accurate records and like to be responsible for details.
_______ I like to work with numbers, records, or machines in a set, orderly way.
_______ Compared to persons my age, I am good at working with written records and numbers in a systematic, orderly way.
_______ My hobbies include writing family history and genealogy.
_______ I value success in business and can write effective business letters.
_______ I am orderly and work well within a system.


Now add the number of points you have for each category. Write the sum on Line 1 on the next page.

Appealing Occupations

For the careers listed below, write a “2” next to those that definitely interest or attract you in some way. Write a “1” for those that might interest you. Write in a “0” for any that you are undecided about, does not sound interesting, or that you would dislike.

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Anesthesiologist-I
_______
Architect-A 
_______
Clinical Psychologist-S
_______
Computer Operator-C
_______
Dental Assistant-R
_______
 Dentist-I
_______
Director, Food Services-E
_______
Emergency Medical Technician-S
_______
EMS Dispatcher-C
_______
Engineering-Tool/Equip Designer-R
_______
 Firefighter-R
_______
Hosp Administrator/Office Manager-E
_______
Interpreter/Translator-E
_______
Medical Illustrator-A
_______
Medical Secretary-C
_______
Nurse/Midwife/Nurse Aide-S
_______
 Photographer-A
_______
Physician, General Practice-I

To the right of each career title you see a letter. Carefully add the number of points that you have for the seven personality types and write that sum in the space below on Line 2.

Now, add Lines 1 and 2 and put your total answer on Line 3 to get your score.

Line 1
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Line 2
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Line 3
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You will use your total scores on Line 3 to make construct your career interest inventory answer key.

Career Interest Inventory Key

Now you are ready to construct your Career Interest Inventory Key. Begin with the total number of points you have for each personality type from Line 3 of the previous page. Make a small dot on the graph below and above the appropriate column for that number. Once you have completed this task, draw a line connecting your dots to complete the answer key.


According to vocational psychologists, there are six types of people - realistic, investigative, artistic, social, enterprising, and conventional. The highest scores on your answer key are the personality types that you are like most.

On the next two pages, many careers are listed. They are grouped according to the six personality types. Read over the careers listed for the two or three personality types that are the highest on your answer key. Place a checkmark next to those in which you have interest and investigate to learn more about them!



Realistic Careers - “The Do-ers”


Dental Assistant Dental Laboratory Technician 
Dental Technician Firefighter
Optician Orthodontic Technician
Practical Nurse Safety Inspector


Investigative Careers - “The Thinkers”


Anesthesiologist  Audiologist
Biochemist  Biologist
Biomedical Engineer  Cardiologist
Chiropractor  Computer Programmer
Coroner/Forensic Medicine  Dentist 
Food Technologist  Geneticist
Gynecologist Hazardous  Waste Technician
Internist  Medical Lab Technologist
Medical Technologist   Microbiologist
Neurologist  Nurse Practitioner
Obstetrician  Ophthalmologist
Optometrist  Pediatrician
Pharmacist  Pharmacologist
Physician, General Practice  Podiatrist
Psychiatrist Psychologist
Radiologist Speech Pathologist
Surgeon Ultrasound Technologist
Urologist Veterinarian

Artistic Careers - “The Creators”


Architect Engineer Tool/Equipment Designer
Graphic Designer Medical Illustrator
Photographer Writer

Social Careers - “The Helpers”


Athletic Trainer Clinical Psychologist 
Counseling Psychologist Counselor/Therapist
Dental Hygienist  Emergency Medical Technician
Medical Assistant Medical Record Administrator 
Midwife Nurse
Nurse Aide Nurse Instructor
Occupational Therapist Physical Therapist
Physical Therapy Aide Physician Assistant
Radiology Technician Recreational Therapist
Respiratory Therapist Speech Pathologist 

Enterprising Careers - “The Persuaders”


Director, Food Services Funeral Director
Hospital Administrator Interpreter/Translator
Manager, Health Club  Office Manager 
Public Health Educator Public Relations Representative

Conventional Careers - “The Organizers”


Accountant Computer Operator
Dispatcher Insurance Clerk
Medical Records Technician Medical Secretary