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Using Your Codes to Explore Occupations

Once you have your interests/codes, from your most-preferred to your least-preferred, you can use them to explore careers.  Your interests identify your passion, and using your interests as a guide will help you find occupations that will be satisfying and rewarding to you. 

Remember, though, that using your identified interests to discover careers that could work for you is only one of the many facets of the career exploration process.  Other factors to consider, when searching for the right career, are your skills, abilities, work values, goals, experience, education, and motivation, to name a few.  The more you know about yourself, the more likely you are to find the right career.

The six categories listed below represent the Holland Codes, developed by John Holland in 1985.  The six codes are R, I, A, S, E, and C; sometimes referred to as the RIASEC Theory.  Click on the links below to learn more about occupations under each code.  Start with YOUR top code and see what occupations may be of interest to you.  If, when you click on one of the links, you are asked for a user name and password, simply scroll down and provide your city or town and the zip code, and then sign in.


People with realistic interests like work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.  They enjoy dealing with plants, animals, and real-world materials, like wood, tools, and machinery.  They enjoy outside work.  Often people with realistic interests do not like occupations that mainly involve doing paperwork or working closely with others.


People with investigative interests like work activities that have to do with ideas and thinking more than with physical activity.  They like to search for facts and figure out problems mentally rather than to persuade or lead people.


People with artistic interests like work activities that deal with the artistic side of things, such as forms, designs, and patterns.  They like self-expression in their work.  They prefer settings where work can be done without following a clear set of rules.


People with social interests like work activities that assist others and promote learning and personal development.  They prefer to communicate more than to work with objects, machines, or data.  They like to teach, to give advice, to help, or otherwise be of service to people.


People with enterprising interests like work activities that have to do with starting up and carrying out projects, especially business ventures.  They like persuading and leading people and making decisions.  They like taking risks for profit.  These people prefer action rather than thought.


People with conventional interests like work activities that follow set procedures and routines.  They prefer working with data and detail more than with ideas.  They prefer work in which there are precise standards rather than work in which you have to judge things by yourself.  These people like working where the lines of authority are clear.

Source:  Holland’s Theory of Career Choice and You  (http://www.careerkey.org/asp/your_personality/hollands_theory_of_career_choice.html)

Go to Using the Codes to find a major.


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Perkins – Career Vocational & Technical Education