Intro to Occupational Interests



Reading Passage and Practice: Occupational Interest Groups
Math: Distance measurements in the English system; related formulas
Vocabulary: Occupational terms and concepts
: Description of a village, showing causes
Project: Create tables matching occupations with interest and skill requirements
Game: Solve the match challenge


NOTE: click on any words that are highlighted in yellow in italics to get a definition.

You can think of occupational interests as job activities that you might enjoy. There are many ways to find out what you like to do. One sure way is to make a list of things you do well. If you do something well, it is because you have done it a lot. And you do things a lot because you like to do them.

Think of a good mechanic. That person probably worked around mechanical things from childhood. A good bronco  rider rides horses a lot. A good accountant calculates a lot. You do often the things you like to do. A good mechanic probably wouldn't be interested in working indoors as an accountant. A mechanic wants to be around cars and engines.

The Interest Profiler, from The Occupational Information Network on the Internet (, groups occupations around six interest types.

  • Realistic
  • Investigative
  • Artistic
  • Social
  • Enterprising
  • Conventional

Read a short description of six types of workers, below. Can decide which one is most like you?


People with Realistic interests like work activities that have  practical problems and solutions. They like to work  with plants, animals, and things like wood, tools, and machinery. They enjoy outside work. People with Realistic interests do not usually like a lot of paperwork. They prefer not to work closely with other people. They like to solve problems by just "working with the parts until they go together." Farmers and carpenters are Realistic workers.


People with Investigative interests like activities that have to do with ideas. They like to think more than do physical activity. They like to search for facts. They like to figure out problems in their minds. They usually do not like to try to persuade or lead people. They like to solve problems by studying the facts before making a decision. Doctors and scientists are examples of  Investigative workers.


People with Artistic interests like activities that deal with art. They like to play with space, forms, designs, and patterns. They like self-expression in their work. They often cannot stand rules and prefer to be alone and independent as they produce. They like to solve problems by inventing a solution. Artists and graphic designers are examples of Artistic workers.


People with Social interests like help and work with others. They like to encourage learning and personal development. They prefer to communicate with people more than to work with objects, machines, or information. They like to teach, to give advice, and to help. They solve problems by talking about them until they can "see or feel" a solution. Teachers and nurses are examples of Social workers.


People with Enterprising interests like to start up and carry out projects. They love business ventures. They like persuading,  leading people and making decisions. They like taking risks to get what they want. These people solve problems by being very active. instead of thinking about "the right way" or "the logical way." Real estate agents and lawyers are examples of Enterprising workers.


People with Conventional interests like routines. They prefer working with data and detail more than with ideas. They like to meet standards instead of being judged by the opinion of other people.  They like clear authority. They solve problems by looking at the facts and coming up with "the right equation." Bookkeepers and accountants are examples of Conventional workers.

People are often not just one type, but most of us prefer one type of activity more than others.

If you want to find out more about each of these interest types, go to You will find many occupations discussed that you may like.










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