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.
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
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.
like to start up and carry out projects. They love business
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.
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
People are often not just one type,
but most of us prefer one type of activity more than others.