The Career Interest Assessment is derived from the O*NET Interest Profiler. The Interest Profiler, developed by the U.S. Department of Labor, is based on the most up-to-date knowledge of vocational theory and practice and decades of research by leading vocational psychologists. It was based in part on a detailed survey of existing assessment tools and refined through extensive testing and feedback. The assessment uses 180 items describing work activities and representing a wide variety of occupations and training levels to measure the importance to an individual of six interest areas: Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising, and Conventional.
These RIASEC interest areas were developed by John Holland through extensive research and are widely accepted and used by counselors. They can be matched to jobs to provide individuals with insight into professions consistent with their interests. A user’s results from the assessment rank the interest areas most important to them and suggest careers and industries aligned with those interests.