Explore Careers by Interest

Exploring Careers by your Interests

Birds of a feather flock together, or people with similar interest tend to go into similar occupations.

  • Read and decide which of the below career interest groups sounds most like you.
  • Click on the Heading to find out typical characteristics of people in this interest group and see a list of the types of occupations in which they work (this is not a complete list of occupations, but a list to help you begin to explore and brainstorm career options).
  • Research those occupations that interest you on the Occupational Outlook Handbook for job descriptions, qualifications, education needed, and much more!

Realistic - the "Do-ers"
People who have athletic or mechanical ability, prefer to work with objects, machines, tools, plants, or animals, or to be outdoors.

Investigative - the "Thinkers"
People who like to observe, learn, investigate, analyze, evaluate or solve problems.

Artistic - the "Creators"
People who have artistic, innovating or intuitive abilities and like to work in unstructured situations using their imagination and creativity.

Social - the "Helpers"
People who like to work with people to enlighten, inform, help, train, or cure them, or are skilled with words.

Enterprising - the "Persuaders"
People who like to work with people, influencing, persuading, performing, leading or managing for organizational goals or economic gain.

Conventional - the "Organizers"
People who like to work with data, have clerical or numerical ability, carry out tasks in detail or follow through on others' instruction.

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Realistic - the "Do-ers"

Are You?

  • practical
  • athletic
  • straightforward/frank
  • mechanically inclined
  • a nature lover
  • thrifty
  • curious about the physical world
  • stable
  • concrete
  • reserved
  • self-controlled
  • independent
  • ambitious
  • systematic
  • persistent

Can You?

  • fix electrical things
  • solve electrical problems
  • pitch a tent
  • play a sport
  • read a blueprint
  • plant a garden
  • operate tools and machinery

Do You Like To?

  • tinker with machines/vehicles
  • work outdoors
  • use your hands
  • be physically active
  • build things
  • tend/train animals
  • work on electronic equipment

Your Hobbies May Include:

  • Refinishing furniture
  • Growing plants/flowers
  • Playing sports
  • Hunting/fishing
  • Woodworking
  • Coaching team sports
  • Building models
  • Repairing cars, equipment
  • Target shooting
  • Landscaping
  • Taking exercise classes

If this sound a lot like you, check out these careers and more like them!

  • Air-Conditioning Mechanics
  • Aircraft Mechanic
  • Appliance Mechanics
  • Architectural Drafter
  • Automotive Engineer
  • Automobile Mechanic
  • Baker/Chef
  • Bookbinder
  • Bricklayer
  • Carpenter
  • Cement Worker and Terrazzo Worker
  • Compositor
  • Construction Worker
  • Corrections Officer
  • Dental Assistant
  • Dental Laboratory Technician
  • Dental Technician
  • Diesel Mechanic
  • Drafter
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Electrician
  • Electroplater
  • Exercise Careers
  • Farm Equipment Manager
  • Farmer Farm Manager
  • Firefighter
  • Fish Hatchery Manager
  • Floral Designer
  • Forester
  • Furnace Installer
  • Geodetic Surveyor
  • Glazier
  • Groundskeeper
  • Industrial Supervisor
  • Jeweler
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Line Installer
  • Logger
  • Machinist
  • Maintenance Repairer
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Metallurgical Technician
  • Oceanographer
  • Optician
  • Painter
  • Petroleum Engineer
  • Plumber
  • Practical Nurse
  • Printing Press Operator
  • Property Manager
  • Quality Control Manager
  • Radio/T.V. Repair
  • Sailor
  • Sheet Metal Worker
  • Structural Steelworker
  • Tailor
  • Tool and Die Maker
  • Truck Driver
  • Upholsterer
  • Water Quality Specialist
  • Welder
  • Woodworking

Investigative - the "Thinkers"

Are You?

  • inquisitive
  • analytical
  • scientific
  • observant
  • precise
  • scholarly
  • cautious
  • intellectually self-confident
  • introspective
  • reserved
  • broad-minded
  • independent
  • logical
  • complex
  • curious

Can You?

  • think abstractly
  • solve math problems
  • understand scientific theories
  • do complex calculations
  • use a microscope or computer
  • interpret formulas

Do You Like To?

  • explore a variety of ideas
  • use computers
  • work independently
  • perform lab experiments
  • read scientific or technical journals
  • analyze data
  • deal with abstractions
  • do research
  • be challenged

Your Hobbies May Include:

  • Book club
  • Astronomy
  • Crossword puzzles/board games
  • Preservation of endangered species
  • Computers
  • Visiting museums
  • Collecting rocks, stamps, coins, etc.
  • Amateur Radio
  • Recreational flying

If this sounds a lot like you, check out these careers and more like them!

  • Actuary
  • Agronomist
  • Anesthesiologist
  • Anthropologist
  • Archeologist
  • Biochemist
  • Biologist
  • Cardiopulmonary Technician
  • Cartographer
  • Chemical Engineer
  • Chemical Technician
  • Chemist
  • Chiropractor
  • Civil Engineer
  • Computer Engineer
  • Computer Programmer
  • Computer Systems Analyst
  • Dentist
  • Ecologist
  • Economist
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Geographer
  • Geologist
  • Hazardous Waste Technician
  • Horticulturist
  • Industrial Arts Teacher
  • Management Consultant
  • Marketing Research Analyst
  • Mathematician
  • Medical Lab Technologist
  • Meteorologist
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Pharmacist
  • Physician, General Practice
  • Physician Assistant
  • Psychologist
  • Research Analyst
  • Software Engineer
  • Statistician
  • Technical Writer
  • Veterinarian
  • Web Site Developer

Artistic - the "Creators"

Are You?

  • creative
  • intuitive
  • imaginative
  • innovative
  • unconventional
  • emotional
  • independent
  • expressive
  • original
  • introspective
  • impulsive
  • sensitive
  • courageous
  • open
  • complicated
  • idealistic
  • non-conforming

Can You?

  • sketch, draw, paint,
  • play a musical instrument
  • write stories, poetry, music
  • sing, act, dance
  • design fashions or interiors

Do You Like To?

  • attend concerts, theaters, art exhibits
  • read fiction, plays, and poetry
  • work on crafts
  • take photographs express yourself creatively
  • deal with ambiguous ideas

Your Hobbies May Include:

  • Photography
  • Performing
  • Writing stories, poems, etc....
  • Desktop publishing
  • Sewing
  • Taking dance lessons
  • Visiting art museums
  • Designing sets for plays
  • Travel
  • Playing a musical
  • instrument
  • Homemade crafts
  • Painting
  • Speaking foreign languages

If this sounds a lot like you, check out these careers and more like them!

  • Actor/Actress
  • Advertising Art Director
  • Advertising Manager
  • Architect
  • Clothing/Fashion Designer
  • Copywriter
  • Dancer Choreographer
  • Drama Teacher English Teacher
  • Fashion Illustrator
  • Graphic Designer
  • Interior Designer
  • Journalist/Reporter
  • Landscape Architect
  • Medical Illustrator
  • Museum Curator
  • Photographer
  • Writers/Editors

Social - the "Helpers"

Are You?

  • friendly
  • helpful
  • idealistic
  • insightful
  • outgoing
  • understanding
  • cooperative
  • generous
  • responsible
  • forgiving
  • patient
  • empathic
  • kind
  • persuasive

Can You?

  • teach/train others
  • express yourself clearly
  • lead a group discussion
  • mediate disputes
  • plan and supervise an activity cooperate well with others

Do You Like To?

  • work in groups
  • help people with
  • problems
  • participate in meetings
  • do volunteer work
  • work with young people
  • play team sports
  • serve others

Your Hobbies May Include:

  • Volunteering with social action groups
  • Writing letters
  • Joining campus or community organizations
  • Helping others with personal concerns
  • Meeting new friends
  • Attending sporting events
  • Caring for children
  • Religious activities
  • Going to parties
  • Playing team sports

If this sounds a lot like you, check out these careers and more like them!

  • Air Traffic Controller
  • Athletic Trainer
  • City Manager
  • College Professor
  • Community Planner
  • Counseling Psychologist
  • Counselor/Therapist
  • Cosmetologist
  • Cruise Director
  • Dental Hygienist
  • Detective
  • Dietitian
  • Elementary School Teacher
  • Family and Consumer Scientist Teacher
  • Hairstylist
  • High School Teacher
  • Historian
  • Hospital Administrator
  • Ind./Organizational Psychologist
  • Insurance Claims Examiner
  • Librarian
  • Medical Assistant
  • Medical Record Administrator
  • Nurse/Midwife
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Paralegal
  • Park Naturalist
  • Personnel Recruiter
  • Personnel, Training, and Labor Relations Specialist
  • Physical Therapist
  • Physical Therapy Aide
  • Police Officer
  • Preschool Worker
  • Professional Athlete
  • Probation and Parole Officer
  • Public Health Educator
  • Radiological Technologist
  • Real Estate Appraiser
  • Recreation Director
  • Recreational Therapist
  • Registered Nurse
  • Retirement Counselor
  • School Counselor
  • School Principal-Administrator
  • Social Worker
  • Sociologist
  • Special Education Teacher
  • Speech Pathologist
  • Teacher's Aid
  • Ticket Agent
  • Vocational-Rehab. Counselor
  • X-Ray Technician

Enterprising - the "Persuaders"

Are You?

  • self-confident
  • assertive
  • sociable
  • persuasive
  • enthusiastic
  • energetic
  • adventurous
  • popular
  • impulsive
  • ambitious
  • inquisitive
  • agreeable
  • talkative
  • extroverted
  • spontaneous
  • optimistic

Can You?

  • initiate projects
  • convince people to do things your way
  • sell things or promote ideas
  • give talks or speeches
  • organize activities
  • lead a group
  • persuade others

Do You Like To?

  • make decisions affecting others
  • be elected to office
  • win a leadership or sales award
  • start your own business
  • campaign politically meet important people
  • have power or status

Your Hobbies May Include:

  • Discussing Politics
  • Reading Business Journals
  • Watching the Stock Market
  • Attending Meetings and Conferences
  • Selling Products
  • Leading Campus or Community Organizations
  • Operating a Home Business

If this sounds a lot like you, check out these careers and more like them!

  • Advertising, marketing, and public relations managers
  • Advertising Sales Representative
  • Automobile Sales Worker
  • Financial Planner
  • Barber/Hairdresser
  • Bartender
  • Benefits Manager
  • Financial Manager
  • Buyer
  • Cook/Chef
  • Credit Analyst
  • Credit Manager
  • Dental Assistant
  • Educational - Training Manager
  • Educational Administrator
  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • Flight Attendant
  • Food Service Manager
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Funeral Director
  • Health Services Manager
  • Hotel Manager
  • Housekeeper
  • Industrial Engineer
  • Insurance Adjuster
  • Insurance Agent
  • Interpreter
  • Journalism
  • Lawyer/Attorney
  • Lobbyist
  • Manufacturer's Representative
  • Office Manager
  • Public Relations Representative
  • Real Estate Agent
  • Restaurant Manager
  • Retail Sales Person
  • Retail Store Manager
  • Sales Manager
  • Sales Representative
  • Social Service Director
  • Stockbroker
  • Tax Accountant
  • Travel Agent
  • Urban Planner

Conventional - the "Organizers"

Are You?

  • well-organized
  • accurate
  • numerically inclined
  • methodical
  • conscientious
  • efficient
  • conforming
  • orderly
  • practical
  • thrifty
  • systematic
  • structured
  • polite
  • ambitious
  • obedient
  • persistent

Can You?

  • work well within a system
  • do a lot of paper work in a short time
  • keep accurate records
  • use a computer terminal
  • write effective business letters

Do You Like To?

  • follow clearly defined procedures
  • work with computers
  • work with numbers be responsible for details
  • collect or organize things

Your Hobbies May Include:

  • Collecting memorabilia
  • Arranging and organizing household or workshop, etc.
  • Playing computer or card games
  • Collecting any related objects
  • Keeping club or family records and files
  • Reading home magazines
  • Studying tax laws
  • Practicing Clutter's Last Stand
  • Writing family history

If this sounds a lot like you, check out these careers and more like them!

  • Accountant
  • Accounting Clerk and Bookkeeper
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Bank Teller
  • Budget Analyst
  • Building Inspector
  • Cashier
  • Catalog Librarian
  • Clerk
  • Computer Operator
  • Cost Accountant
  • Court Reporter
  • Customs Inspector
  • File Clerk
  • Financial Analyst
  • Insurance Adjuster
  • Insurance Underwriter
  • Internal Auditor
  • Kindergarten Teacher
  • Legal Secretary
  • Library Assistant
  • Medical Records Technician
  • Medical Secretary
  • Safety Inspector
  • Tax Consultant