How to Choose The Right Career? – Part 3

continuation of... How to Choose The Right Career? – Part 2

At this point, you’re done taking the exam and eager to know the result.

To help you understand and rate the accuracy of the test, here is the description of each of the categories included in the test.

Category R means “Realistic”

  • Active and stable.
  • Enjoy hands-on or manual activities such as building, mechanics, machinery operation and athletics.
  • They enjoy engaging in physical activity and often like being outdoors and working with plants and animals.
  • People who fall into this category generally prefer to “learn by doing” in a practical, task-oriented setting, as opposed to spending extended periods of time in a classroom or office.
  • Realistic types tend to communicate in a frank, direct manner and value material things.
  • They perceive themselves as skilled in mechanical and physical activities, but may be uncomfortable or less adept with human relations.
  • The preferred work environment of the realistic type fosters technical competencies and work that allows them to produce tangible results.
  • Typical realistic careers:  military, electrician, engineer and veterinarian.

Category I means “Investigative”

  • Analytical, intellectual and observant.
  • Enjoy research, mathematical or scientific activities.
  • They are drawn to ambiguous challenges and may feel stifled in highly structured environments.
  • People who fall into this category enjoy using logic and solving highly complex, abstract problems.
  • They are introspective and focused on creative problem-solving, therefore investigate types often work autonomously and do not seek leadership roles.
  • They place a high value on science and learning, and perceive themselves as scholarly and having scientific or mathematical ability but lacking leadership and persuasive skills.
  • They preferred work environment of the investigative type encourages scientific competencies, allows independent work, and focuses on solving abstract, complex problems in original ways.
  • Typical investigative careers: medical technologists, chemist and system analyst.

Category A means “Artistic”

  • Original, intuitive and imaginative.
  • Enjoy creative activities such as composing or playing music, writing, drawing or painting, and acting in or directing stage productions.
  • They seek opportunities for self-expression through artistic creation.
  • People who fall into this category prefer flexibility and ambiguity, and have an aversion to convention and conformity.
  • Generally impulsive and emotional.
  • Tend to communicate in a very expressive and open manner.
  • They value aesthetics, and view themselves as creative, non-conforming, and as appreciating or possessing musical, dramatic or writing abilities while lacking clerical or organizational skills.
  • Preferred work environment is the type that fosters creative competencies and encourages originality and use of imagination in a flexible, unstructured setting.
  • Typical artistic careers:   musician, reporter and interior decorator.

Category S means “Social”

  • Humanistic, idealistic, responsible and concerned with the welfare of others.
  • Enjoy participating in group activities and helping, training, caring for counseling or developing others.
  • They are generally focused on human relationships, and enjoy social activities and solving interpersonal problems.
  • Seek opportunities to work as part of a team, solve problems through discussions and utilize interpersonal skills but may avoid activities that involve systematic use of equipment or machines.
  • They genuinely enjoy working with people, therefore they communicate a warm and tactful manner and can be persuasive.
  • They view themselves as understanding, helpful, cheerful and skilled in teaching, but lacking mechanical ability.
  • The preferred work environment of social type encourages teamwork and allows for significant interaction with others.
  • Typical social careers:   teacher, counselor and social worker.

Category E means “Enterprising”

  • Energetic, ambitious, adventurous, sociable and self-confident.
  • Enjoy activities that require them to persuade others, such as sales and seek out leadership roles.
  • They are invigorated by using their interpersonal, leadership and persuasive abilities to obtain organizational goals or economic gain, but may avoid routine or systematic activities.
  • They are often effective public speakers and are generally sociable, but may be viewed as domineering.
  • They view themselves as assertive, self-confident and skilled in leadership and speaking, but lacking in scientific abilities.
  • The preferred work environment is the type that encourages them to engage in activities such as leadership, management, selling and rewards them through attainment of money, power and status.
  • Typical enterprising career:  salesperson, business executive and manager.

Category C means “Conventional”

  • Efficient, careful, conforming, organized and conscientious.
  • They are comfortable working within an established chain of command and prefer carrying out well-defined instructions over assuming leadership roles.
  • They prefer organized, systematic activities and have an aversion to ambiguity.
  • They are skilled in and often enjoy maintaining and manipulating data, organizing schedules and operating office equipment.
  • While they rarely seek leadership roles, they are thorough, persistent and reliable in carrying out tasks.
  • They view themselves as responsible, orderly, efficient and possessing clerical, organizational and numerical abilities.
  • Preferred work environment are the type that fosters organization competencies, such as record keeping and data management in as structured operation and places high value on conformity and dependability.
  • Typical conventional careers:  secretary, accountant, and banker.

We hope that this post and the test helped you discover the best career path to take or at least gave you something to learned from.


  1. sher estrada says:

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  2. The test is absolutely fantastic and has helped me a great deal. Thank you, thank you!

  3. Glad it helped you! 🙂

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