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John Holland developed a popular format for determining interests, which is included here. Holland's code comprises six personality types:
- Realistic (R)
- Investigative (I)
- Artistic (A)
- Social (S)
- Enterprising (E)
- Conventional (C)
|work with machines||fix mechanical objects||mechanical|
|work outdoors||plant a garden||nature lover|
|work with hands||operate machinery||practical|
|build things||read a blueprint||problem solver|
|explore ideas||do science experiments||inquisitive|
|analyze data||solve math problems||precise|
|use computers||perform basic programming||abstract thinker|
|read science fiction||interpret formulas||independent|
|read fiction, plays||write stories||imaginative|
|work on crafts||design new things||innovative|
|act, sing, listen to music||play or compose music||creative|
|take photographs||sketch, draw, or paint||intuitive|
|help people||teach/train others||helpful|
|do volunteer work||plan activities||outgoing|
|play team sports||host an event||insightful|
|work in groups||lead meetings||friendly|
|meet people||initiate projects||assertive|
|make decisions that affect others||sell or promote||persuasive|
|negotiate sales/deals||make speeches||enthusiastic|
|participate in political activities||convince others||persistent|
|work with numbers||keep accurate records||organized|
|be responsible for details||statistical work||mathematical|
|learn computer programs||operate computers||efficient|
|follow directions||write business letters||conscientious|
Data, People, Things, and Ideas
A second way of looking at occupations is to measure them in terms of Data, People, Things, and Ideas.
- Realistic people like working with Things in occupations such as chef, air traffic controllers, carpenters, and builders.
- Investigative people like working with Data in occupations such as medical technician, computer programmer, engineering, andscience.
- Artistic people like working with Ideas in occupations such as commercial artist, musician, and interior design.
- Social people like working with People in occupations such as teaching, counseling, and care of elderly people.
- Enterprising people like working with People and Data in occupations such as business leadership, marketing, entrepreneurship, and politics.
- Conventional people like working with Data in such occupations as accounting, administrative assistance, and paralegal.
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