Realistic - R (Doers)
- Like to work with their hands and focus on things in the physical world & use physical skills.
- Like to repair and work with tools, machines, or animals; outdoor work is often preferred.
- Prefer problems that are concrete rather than abstract; want practical solutions that can be acted out.
- Characteristics include stable, assertive, physical strength, practical.
Investigative - I (Thinkers)
- Tend to focus on ideas. Like to collect and analyze data and information of all kinds.
- Curious and tend to be creative and original.
- Task oriented and motivated by analyzing and researching.
- Tend to prefer loosely structured situations with minimal rules or regulations.
- Prefer to think through rather than act out problems.
- Characteristics include reserved, independent, analytical, logical.
Artistic - A (Creators)
- Creative and tend to focus on self-expression through all kinds of mediums: materials, music and words, as well as systems and programs.
- Able to see possibilities in various settings and are not afraid to experiment with their ideas.
- Like variety and tend to feel cramped in structured situations.
- Deal with problems in intuitive, expressive, and independent ways. Tend to be adverse to rules.
- Characteristics include intuitive, creative, expressive, unconventional.
Social - S (Helpers)
- Concerned with people and their welfare.
- Tend to have well developed communications skills and like to help, encourage, counsel, guide, train, or facilitate others.
- Enjoy working with groups or individuals, using empathy and an ability to identify and solve problems. Value cooperation and consensus.
- Deal with problems through feelings. Flexible approach to problems.
- Characteristics include humanistic, verbal, interpersonal, responsible.
Enterprising - E (Persuaders)
- Work with and through people, providing leadership and delegating responsibilities for organizational and/or financial gain. Goal-oriented and want to see results.
- Tend to function with a high degree of energy.
- Prefer business settings, and often want social events to have a purpose beyond socializing.
- Attack problems with leadership skills. Decision-Maker.
- Characteristics include persuasive, confident, demonstrate leadership, interest in power/status.
Conventional - C (Organizers)
- Like to pay a lot of attention to detail and organization, and prefer to work with data, particularly in the numerical, statistical, and record-keeping realm.
- Have a high sense of responsibility, follow the rules, and want to know precisely what is expected.
- Prefer clearly defined, practical problems and to solve problems by applying rules. Oriented to carrying out tasks initiated by others.
- Characteristics include conscientious, efficient, concern for rules and regulation, orderly.