Career assessment test (Holland Code) (RIASEC)

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The Holland Code (RIASEC) career assessment test was originally developed by John Holland. It tells you what type of careers are ideal for you based on your interests and the things you like to do. When it comes to choosing a career, taking into account your interests can have a significant impact on your job satisfaction levels.

This test is based on the theory that work environments and people can be broadly classified into six groups. Each letter in the acronym RIASEC stands for one of these groups. RIASEC stands for Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising and Conventional. This interests-based career assessment test will tell you where you lie on each of these scales.

This test reveals which of these six RIASEC domains is your strongest area and suggest some career choices based on the same. Also, when you’re done with the test, you’ll obtain your Holland code that you can use to get highly-specific career recommendations based on a combination of your strongest domains.

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Taking the career assessment test

The test consists of 48 items, each describing an activity. You have to answer based on how much you’d enjoy doing these activities on a 5-point scale ranging from ‘Dislike’ to ‘Enjoy’. You don’t necessarily need to have done each of these activities and don’t worry if you don’t have the relevant qualifications. Just ask yourself what your enjoyment level is likely to be if you were asked to do these activities. Your personal information will not be collected and your results will be kept confidential. The test takes around 5-10 minutes to complete.


Liao, H. Y., Armstrong, P. I., & Rounds, J. (2008). Development and initial validation of public domain Basic Interest Markers. Journal of Vocational Behavior73(1), 159-183.

1.Test the quality of parts before shipment.
2.Study the structure of the human body.
3.Conduct a musical choir.
4.Give career guidance to people.
5.Sell restaurant franchises to individuals.
6.Generate the monthly payroll checks for an office.
7.Lay brick or tile.
8.Study animal behaviour.
9.Direct a play.
10.Do volunteer work at a non-profit organization.
11.Sell merchandise at a department store.
12.Inventory supplies using a hand-held computer.
13.Work on an offshore oil-drilling rig.
14.Do research on plants or animals.
15.Design artwork for magazines.
16.Help people who have problems with drugs or alcohol.
17.Manage the operations of a hotel.
18.Use a computer program to generate customer bills.
19.Assemble electronic parts.
20.Develop a new medical treatment or procedure.
21.Write a song.
22.Teach an individual an exercise routine.
23.Operate a beauty salon or barber shop.
24.Maintain employee records.
25.Operate a grinding machine in a factory.
26.Conduct biological research.
27.Write books or plays.
28.Help people with family-related problems.
29.Manage a department within a large company.
30.Compute and record statistical and other numerical data.
31.Fix a broken faucet.
32.Study whales and other types of marine life.
33.Play a musical instrument.
34.Supervise the activities of children at a camp.
35.Manage a clothing store.
36.Operate a calculator.
37.Assemble products in a factory.
38.Work in a biology lab.
39.Perform stunts for a movie or television show.
40.Teach children how to read.
41.Sell houses.
42.Handle customers bank transactions.
43.Install flooring in houses.
44.Make a map of the bottom of an ocean.
45.Design sets for plays.
46.Help elderly people with their daily activities.
47.Run a toy store.
48.Keep shipping and receiving records.

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