RIASEC is a representation of personality types described in a theory of occupations formulated by psychologist John L. Holland. Career counselors and career seekers use these types to focus career exploration and research.
What is your occupational personality type? Use the following links to self assess and begin to explore and identify your interests.
Realistic – R (Doers)
- Like to work with their hands and focus on things in the physical world & use physical skills.
- Like to repair and work with tools, machines, or animals; outdoor work is often preferred.
- Prefer problems that are concrete rather than abstract; want practical solutions that can be acted out.
- Characteristics include stable, assertive, physical strength, practical.
Investigative – I (Thinkers)
- Tend to focus on ideas. Like to collect and analyze data and information of all kinds.
- Curious and tend to be creative and original.
- Task oriented and motivated by analyzing and researching.
- Tend to prefer loosely structured situations with minimal rules or regulations.
- Prefer to think through rather than act out problems.
- Characteristics include reserved, independent, analytical, logical.
Artistic – A (Creators)
- Creative and tend to focus on self-expression through all kinds of mediums: materials, music and words, as well as systems and programs.
- Able to see possibilities in various settings and are not afraid to experiment with their ideas.
- Like variety and tend to feel cramped in structured situations.
- Deal with problems in intuitive, expressive, and independent ways. Tend to be adverse to rules.
- Characteristics include intuitive, creative, expressive, unconventional.
Social – S (Helpers)
- Concerned with people and their welfare.
- Tend to have well developed communications skills and like to help, encourage, counsel, guide, train, or facilitate others.
- Enjoy working with groups or individuals, using empathy and an ability to identify and solve problems. Value cooperation and consensus.
- Deal with problems through feelings. Flexible approach to problems.
- Characteristics include humanistic, verbal, interpersonal, responsible.
Enterprising – E (Persuaders)
- Work with and through people, providing leadership and delegating responsibilities for organizational and/or financial gain. Goal-oriented and want to see results.
- Tend to function with a high degree of energy.
- Prefer business settings, and often want social events to have a purpose beyond socializing.
- Attack problems with leadership skills. Decision-Maker.
- Characteristics include persuasive, confident, demonstrate leadership, interest in power/status.
Conventional – C (Organizers)
- Like to pay a lot of attention to detail and organization, and prefer to work with data, particularly in the numerical, statistical, and record-keeping realm.
- Have a high sense of responsibility, follow the rules, and want to know precisely what is expected.
- Prefer clearly defined, practical problems and to solve problems by applying rules. Oriented to carrying out tasks initiated by others.
- Characteristics include conscientious, efficient, concern for rules and regulation, orderly.