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Welcome to your career report! There's a lot of information here, so take your time and read through it at your own pace.

Your report is split up into different sections, each of which addresses a different factor in your career search. You'll learn about your interests, your personality, and the jobs and work environments that suit you best. You'll get personalized advice and suggestions for exploring your career options and planning a successful job search.

You can read your report straight through, or you can skip to the sections that interest you most. Remember, your results are saved to your personal account. You can come back and refer to them anytime you need to.

So, let's get started!

Your Career Personality Type

What motivates you? What do you find satisfying? What sorts of tasks and activities could you do every day, without getting bored?

These are key questions to ask when searching for a career. Your ideal career will make the most of your strengths, so that your work feels natural and comfortable to you. It will also tap into your core motivations, so that you have a sense that what you do is important and authentic to who you are. It will also suit you in a practical sense, by asking you to work on the sorts of tasks and activities that you naturally enjoy.

These factors are different for every individual. Some people are motivated by money and fame, while others simply want to know they are making the world a better place. Some people like to use their minds in their work. Others prefer to use their hands. So which type of person are you?

In the following section, we'll look at the broad patterns revealed by your assessment. You'll discover the fundamentals of your personality type and how these key aspects of who you are can point you to a satisfying career.

You're a Persuasive Analyst

You are concerned with seeking truth and discovering the laws of the universe. For you, work is an opportunity to deeply explore problems that interest you and pursue greater understanding. You are naturally curious and interested in learning about the reasons things work the way they do.

You are a fundamentally curious person who enjoys learning about how and why things work. You explore ideas in a rational, critical manner, challenging expectations and assumptions to pursue deeper knowledge. You thrive in work environments where nothing is held sacred and you are free to try new approaches in search of a better way.

You are interested in exploration and innovation, and want work that allows you to use your logical problem-solving skills to come up with more efficient and effective solutions.

You are drawn to work that allows you to increase your influence and prominence. You like to persuade others to your point of view and see the impact of your ideas on the world around you. You enjoy being a leader and having others be motivated by your ideas.

How you think and solve problems

The chart below describes how you process information and how you approach the problem-solving process. To read this chart and the other charts in this section, look at the size of each quadrant. A larger area indicates that a particular style is a better fit for you. Smaller areas indicate that the style is not a very good fit.

Some of your charts will show a clear preference for one pattern. Others will show a more even spread over two or even three patterns. Where you have nearly equal scores for two or more patterns, you can expect that both patterns may describe you equally well.


Driven to make the world a better place. Creative and imaginative in coming up with insightful solutions to meaningful problems.


Wants to be of service to others. Prefers to work within established institutions to find ways to maintain stability and security for both self and others.


Likes to solve complex, rational problems. Uses analytical skills to come up with innovative ways to improve logical systems.


Wants to ensure accuracy and efficiency. Enjoys working within structured, logical systems to accomplish practical, real-world goals.

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How you get motivated

This chart shows how you are motivated in your work, including the factors that drive you to work as well as your overall level of motivation to work.


Desires achievement and willing to work hard to get it. Seeks status and financial rewards. Persistent in working toward success.


Motivated by achievement, but easily distracted. Excited by the prospect of success but may have trouble sticking with projects long enough to achieve it.


Driven by a sense of duty. Works toward goals out of sense of responsibility. Persistent even when work is unexciting and garners little attention from others.


Has little need for achievement. Prefers to keep life simple and low-key. Prefers work that is easy to accomplish and offers a minimum of stress and hassle.

How you interact with others

This chart describes your approach in relating to others. It shows what you need from your interpersonal interactions as well as how others may see you.


Is friendly and amiable. Likes to be congenial with coworkers and is often the first to befriend a new colleague. Appreciates social events to build team relationships.


Gentle and kind. Tends to be quiet and reserved, but appreciates having amicable, supportive relationships with colleagues.


Blunt and dominant. Enjoys working with others but does not need to be liked. Tends to take command of situations and enjoys competition.


Reserved and aloof. Tends to avoid personal relationships in the office, preferring to focus on the work. Wants to be judged on competence, not popularity.

How you communicate

This chart describes how you communicate your thoughts, experiences, and ideas to others. Your pattern reflects the information you choose to communicate as well as your style in doing so.


Enjoys expressing ideas and vision. Loves to brainstorm and discuss possibilities. Focuses on big-picture ideas and innovative goals for the future.


Thinks deeply before speaking, then shares carefully considered insights. Interested in theories, patterns, and interpretations.


Likes to communicate regularly to keep everyone informed. Makes sure everyone has all the information they need.


Communicates when necessary to convey specific information. Dislikes chitchat. Prefers fact-based, purposeful discussions that move a project along.

How you contribute to a team

This chart describes your style in working with a team, including the roles you typically take on and your contributions to the team effort.


Wants all team members to feel included in working towards a common goal. Works cooperatively to share achievements.


Stays attuned to relationships. Is less focused on the end product; prioritizes an enjoyable and cooperative process.


Focused on organization, clarity, and achieving outstanding results. Stays focused on stated goals with minimal attention to relationships.


Jumps in to solve logical problems. Focused on useful action and quick results. Acts spontaneously without waiting for others to keep up.

How you manage tasks and projects

This chart describes your style in approaching tasks and activities. Your pattern shows which type of tasks are most likely to appeal to you and take advantage of your strengths.


Has big, complex ideas and formulates plans to put them into action. Persistent and determined. Pursues ambitious goals.


Most excited when generating possibilities and ideas; less interested in implementation. Likes starting projects more than finishing them.


Works in an orderly, systematic manner. Wants clear expectations and standard procedures to follow. Persists until task is done correctly.


Wants quick results. Prefers clear-cut tasks that can be completed in a short time frame. Dislikes long-term projects.

Making the Most of Your Personality

Everyone has their own set of strengths and weaknesses. Career success does not come from being good at everything; rather, it comes from being aware of what you excel at so that you can take advantage of your strengths when you choose a career. Equally, it's important to be aware of your weak areas so that you can avoid roles that you do not have an aptitude for.

Let's look now at some of the strengths you can capitalize on in your career, as well as some of the weak spots you should be aware of.

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Your personal strengths

  • You are highly energetic and sociable. You have a talent for reaching out to others and engaging people. You will excel in highly social jobs where your ability to approach people and make new connections is crucial to your success. You are a socially motivated worker and will gravitate to a team environment, where you have the chance to earn the recognition and respect of others.

  • You are imaginative and forward-thinking, and talented at envisioning the future. You do not mind venturing into unknown territory and are enthusiastic about change and innovation. You are excellent at thinking abstractly, coming up with new ideas, and using your creativity to solve complex problems.

  • You have a high degree of stress tolerance, emotional stability, and resilience. You do not easily become anxious, depressed, or upset in stressful situations. More so than most people, you can handle a job with a high level of stress, as you will be able to overcome pressures that others might find overwhelming.

  • You are good at negotiating a balance between meeting your own needs and serving the needs of other people. You cooperate with others and look for compromise when you can, but you are careful not to sacrifice your own chances for success and advancement. You are able to get along with other people and function well on a team, while still making sure you are looking out for your own interests.

  • You take a relaxed, easygoing approach to life. You are unlikely to burn out from working too much, because you tend to prioritize rest and play. You are flexible and spontaneous, and function well in unpredictable work environments.

Your potential challenges

  • You like to be able to get along and cooperate with others most of the time. Although you can handle some conflict, a highly antagonistic work environment is likely to be difficult for you.

  • You may have trouble staying organized and following through with your commitments. It may be difficult for you motivate yourself to get things done, especially tasks that seem boring or difficult.

  • You may not spend much time planning for your future. It is possible you will become distracted from your career goals if you do not pay special attention to planning and following through.

  • You may have difficulty working on tasks that require you to be alone most of the time. You will tend to suffer from feeling isolated and unmotivated when you cannot interact with other people.

  • You generally need a good deal of creativity and variety in your work to stay engaged. You may become bored and frustrated with work that is routine or repetitive.

Tips to keep in mind

In the following sections of your report, we'll begin to look at specific careers you might consider, as well as some strategies for the career planning process. As you work through this information, keep in mind the principles you've learned about your personality and your core needs in your work. The following do's and don'ts can provide a helpful guide.

  • Look for a work environment that rewards both cooperation and competition. You will want to have the opportunity to work in concert with others, as well as take the initiative to advance your own goals.
  • Avoid workplaces that prioritize cooperating and getting along with others at the expense of producing quality work.
  • Avoid workplaces where employees seem to view each other only as competition, and rarely help or support each other.
  • Look for a role that allows you to spend most of your day interacting with other people. You will be most motivated when you can talk, share, and engage with others.
  • Avoid roles that require you to work in isolation much of the time. Without stimulation from other people, you will become drained of energy and motivation.
  • Look for a job that allows you to think creatively, be imaginative, and come up with innovative ideas. You will be happiest when you can invent original solutions to address complex problems.
  • Avoid jobs that require a significant amount of mundane or repetitive work, and those that do not make good use of your creativity and intellectual ability.

Your Interests In Depth

This section shows your top career interest areas. There are 6 total interest areas, each with its own set of typical work tasks, roles, and values. Some of these interest areas will appeal to you, while others will be less attractive. Choosing a career which is a good match for your interest profile ensures that you enjoy your daily work and get satisfaction out of your accomplishments.

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The Six Interest Areas

Each of the six interest areas describes a cluster of related work tasks and activities. People who are drawn to each of these interest areas tend to have certain characteristics, preferences, and personality traits in common.


Building jobs involve the use of tools, machines, or physical skill. Builders like working with their hands and bodies, working with plants and animals, and working outdoors.


Thinking jobs involve theory, research, and intellectual inquiry. Thinkers like working with ideas and concepts, and enjoy science, technology, and academia.


Creating jobs involve art, design, language, and self-expression. Creators like working in unstructured environments and producing something unique.


Helping jobs involve assisting, teaching, coaching, and serving other people. Helpers like working in cooperative environments to improve the lives of others.


Persuading jobs involve leading, motivating, and influencing others. Persuaders like working in positions of power to make decisions and carry out projects.


Organizing jobs involve managing data, information, and processes. Organizers like to work in structured environments to complete tasks with precision and accuracy.

Your Top Interests

Your top interest area is Persuading, which indicates that you are driven to lead, influence, motivate, and direct other people. You are interested in making your mark on the world by impacting the perspectives and decisions of others. You enjoy feeling powerful and important, and want to lead the way.

Top Job Tasks

  • Managing
  • Deciding
  • Strategizing
  • Selling
  • Motivating

Your Core Values

  • Influence
  • Leadership
  • Risk-Taking
  • Achievement
  • Initiative

Key Personality Traits

  • Assertive
  • Energetic
  • Confident
  • Ambitious
  • Adventurous

Because you are a Persuader, you will often gravitate to roles that allow you to sell other people on products, projects, or initiatives. You will find a natural home in the business world, but will enjoy any role where you can set a course of action and use your ingenuity and influence to achieve your goals. You may feel drawn to entrepreneurship and enjoy the risk inherent in starting a new venture.

Persuaders tend to be natural salespeople with a high energy level and enthusiasm for engaging with others. They are typically good at developing rapport with others, although they may overwhelm some with their aggressive drive. They are typically competitive, goal-oriented, and ambitious.

Persuaders like their work best when they can chase exciting goals, promote new ideas, and close important deals. As a Persuader, your primary career goal will be to find a job where you can take the lead to start and carry out initiatives, act quickly and decisively to set a course, and use your charisma to influence others.

Sample Jobs for Persuaders

  • Executive
  • Attorney
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Financial Manager
  • Personal Financial Advisor
  • Buyer or Purchasing Agent
  • Real Estate Agent or Broker
  • Securities Broker
  • Health Services Manager

Career Fields for Persuaders

  • Sales
  • Marketing
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Management
  • Public Relations
  • Legal
  • Politics
  • Real Estate

Areas of Study for Persuaders

  • Business Administration
  • Marketing or Advertising
  • Hospitality
  • Real Estate
  • Political Science
  • Communications
  • Law
  • Organizational Psychology

Your secondary interest area is Creating, indicating that you will be interested in using your creative talents and expressing yourself artistically through your work. You are tuned into aesthetics and seek work that allows you to connect with sensory experiences. You may enjoy art, music, drama, architecture, or literature, and like work that allows you to feel an element of your own creative expression. You value activities that allow you to use your imagination.

To satisfy your interest in Creating, look for a career that allows you freedom to express yourself. You will be happiest when you can imagine, envision, experiment, and create. You are interested in developing your own unique point of view and putting your personal spin on what you do.

Careers to Explore

In this section, we'll show you the top careers that match your interest profile. There are a few things to keep in mind as you read over these career suggestions:

1. These career titles are just a starting point. The careers listed here are among the most commonly found in the labor market and are careers that many people will recognize, like lawyer or physician. However, many people have jobs that don't exactly fit any of the descriptions listed here. You might end up with a job that combines several of these typical roles. You might have a job that's specific to one company or industry. Or you might invent a new career altogether! In short, do not limit your imagination to the jobs listed here. These are a representative sample of jobs that fit your personality, but they do not cover every possibility or opportunity that you will come across in your career path.

2. Your individuality is key. The careers in this section are listed generally by how well they fit your interest profile. However, you should not assume that the first career on the list is the best career for you, that the second career listed is the second-best, and so on. You may find careers that spark your interest anywhere on this list. You may also see several careers that do not interest you at all. This is normal and does not mean that your results are not accurate! Everyone is unique, and even someone with an identical interest profile to yours will have different inclinations, passions, and preferences. So while this assessment can point you in the right general direction and give you some good ideas to get started, the ultimate choice of your best career will be up to you.

3. Ultimately, the choice is yours. Because no assessment can tell you exactly which career will be perfect for you, the best way to think of this list is as a starting point for your career research. You can use this list to get ideas of careers that may suit you, but you'll still need to read more about each career that interests you, do real-world research (like interviewing or shadowing people in the field), and evaluate each career according to your own personal criteria. We'll discuss this in more detail later in your report, but for now, just read over this list with an open mind. See if any career ideas stand out as particularly interesting, and which seem worthy of further inspection.

With that in mind, let's look at some careers!

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Your Top Career Matches

This list includes the careers that best match your interest profile. For more information about any career, click the Read More link on the bottom right of the career listing. This will open a new window with a full description of that career.

Public Relations Manager
Creating, Persuading

Average Earnings: $89,430

Projected Growth: 13%

Public relations managers plan and direct the creation of material that will maintain or enhance the public image of their employer or client. Fundraising managers coordinate campaigns that bring in donations for their organization.

Public relations managers typically do the following:

  • Write press releases and prepare information for the media
  • Identify main client groups and audiences and determine the best way to reach them
  • Designate an appropriate spokesperson or information source for media inquiries
  • Help clients communicate effectively with the public
  • Develop their organization's or client’s corporate image and identity
  • Assist and inform an organization’s executives and spokespeople
  • Devise advertising and promotion programs
  • Assign, supervise, and review the activities of staff
  • Advertising and Promotions Manager
    Creating, Persuading

    Average Earnings: $80,222

    Projected Growth: -2%

    Advertising, promotions, and marketing managers plan programs to generate interest in a product or service. They work with art directors, sales agents, and financial staff members.

    Advertising, promotions, and marketing managers typically do the following:

  • Work with department heads or staff to discuss topics such as contracts, selection of advertising media, or products to be advertised
  • Gather and organize information to plan advertising campaigns
  • Plan the advertising, including which media to advertise in, such as radio, television, print, online, and billboards
  • Negotiate advertising contracts
  • Inspect layouts, which are sketches or plans for an advertisement
  • Initiate market research studies and analyze their findings
  • Develop pricing strategies for products to be marketed, balancing the goals of a firm with customer satisfaction
  • Meet with clients to provide marketing or technical advice
  • Direct the hiring of advertising, promotions, and marketing staff and oversee their daily activities
  • Art Director
    Creating, Persuading

    Average Earnings: $76,980

    Projected Growth: 12%

    Art directors are responsible for the visual style and images in magazines, newspapers, product packaging, and movie and television productions. They create the overall design of a project and direct others who develop artwork and layouts.

    Art directors typically do the following:

  • Determine how best to represent a concept visually
  • Determine which photographs, art, or other design elements to use
  • Develop the overall look or style of a publication, an advertising campaign, or a theater, television, or film set
  • Supervise design staff
  • Review and approve designs, artwork, photography, and graphics developed by staff members
  • Talk to clients to develop an artistic approach and style
  • Coordinate activities with other artistic or creative departments
  • Develop detailed budgets and timelines
  • Present designs to clients for approval
  • Producer or Director
    Creating, Persuading

    Average Earnings: $64,430

    Projected Growth: 10%

    Producers and directors create motion pictures, television shows, live theater, and other performing arts productions. They interpret a writer’s script to entertain or inform an audience.

    Producers and directors typically do the following:

  • Select scripts
  • Audition and select cast members and the film or stage crew
  • Approve the design and financial aspects of a production
  • Oversee the production process, including performances, lighting, and choreography
  • Oversee the post-production process, including editing, special effects, music selection, and a performance’s overall tone
  • Ensure that a project stays on schedule and within budget
  • Approve new developments in the production
  • Fundraiser
    Creating, Persuading, Organizing

    Average Earnings: $50,680

    Projected Growth: 17%

    Fundraisers organize events and campaigns to raise money and other donations for an organization. They may design promotional materials and increase awareness of an organization’s work, goals, and financial needs.

    Fundraisers typically do the following:

  • Research prospective donors
  • Create a strong fundraising message that appeals to potential donors
  • Conduct fundraising strategies for an organization
  • Identify and contact potential donors
  • Organize a campaign or event that will lead to soliciting donations
  • Maintain records of donor information for future use
  • Evaluate the success of previous fundraising events
  • Train volunteers in fundraising procedures and practices
  • Ensure that all legal reporting requirements are satisfied
  • Editor
    Creating, Persuading

    Average Earnings: $49,990

    Projected Growth: 0%

    Editors plan, review, and revise content for publication.

    Editors typically do the following:

  • Read content and correct for errors in spelling, punctuation, and grammar
  • Rewrite copy to make it easier for people to understand
  • Verify facts, using standard reference sources
  • Evaluate submissions from writers to decide what to publish
  • Work with writers to help their ideas and stories succeed
  • Plan the content of publications according to the publication's style and editorial policy
  • Develop story and content ideas while being mindful of the audience
  • Allocate space for the text, photos, and illustrations that make up a story
  • Approve final versions submitted by staff
  • Reporter, Correspondent, or Broadcast News Analyst
    Thinking, Creating, Persuading

    Average Earnings: $45,055

    Projected Growth: -6%

    Reporters, correspondents, and broadcast news analysts inform the public about news and events happening internationally, nationally, and locally. They report the news for newspapers, magazines, websites, television, and radio.

    Reporters, correspondents, and broadcast news analysts typically do the following:

  • Research topics and stories that an editor or news director has assigned to them
  • Interview people who have information, analysis, or opinions about a story or article
  • Write articles for newspapers, blogs, and magazines and write scripts to be read on television or radio
  • Review articles for accuracy and proper style and grammar
  • Develop relationships with experts and contacts who provide tips and leads on stories
  • Analyze and interpret information to increase their audiences’ understanding of the news
  • Update stories as new information becomes available
  • Interior Designer
    Creating, Persuading

    Average Earnings: $44,950

    Projected Growth: 19%

    Interior designers make interior spaces functional, safe, and beautiful by determining space requirements and selecting decorative items, such as colors, lighting, and materials. They read blueprints and must be aware of building codes and inspection regulations.

    Interior designers typically do the following:

  • Search for and bid on new projects
  • Determine the client’s goals and requirements of the project
  • Consider how the space will be used and how people will move through the space
  • Sketch preliminary design plans, including electrical layouts
  • Specify materials and furnishings, such as lighting, furniture, wall finishes, flooring, and plumbing fixtures
  • Prepare final plans, using computer applications
  • Create a timeline for the interior design project and estimate project costs
  • Place orders for materials and oversee installing the design elements
  • Visit after the project to ensure that the client is satisfied
  • Musician or Singer
    Creating, Persuading

    Average Earnings: $43,703

    Projected Growth: 8%

    Musicians and singers play instruments or sing for live audiences and in recording studios.

    Musicians and singers typically do the following:

  • Perform music for live audiences and recordings
  • Audition for positions in orchestras, choruses, bands, and other types of music groups
  • Practice playing instruments or singing to improve their technique
  • Rehearse to prepare for performances
  • Find locations for performances or concerts
  • Travel, sometimes great distances, to performance venues
  • Promote their careers by maintaining a website or social media presence or doing photo shoots and interviews
  • Advertising Sales Agent
    Creating, Persuading, Organizing

    Average Earnings: $43,480

    Projected Growth: 7%

    Advertising sales agents sell advertising space to businesses and individuals. They contact potential clients, make sales presentations, and maintain client accounts.

    Advertising sales agents typically do the following:

  • Locate and contact potential clients to offer advertising services
  • Explain to clients how specific types of advertising will help promote their products or services in the most effective way possible
  • Provide clients with estimates of the costs of advertising products or services
  • Process all correspondence and paperwork related to accounts
  • Prepare and deliver sales presentations to new and existing clients
  • Inform clients of available options for advertising art, formats, or features and provide samples
  • Deliver advertising or illustration proofs to clients for approval
  • Prepare promotional plans, sales literature, media kits, and sales contracts
  • Recommend appropriate sizes and formats for advertising
  • Graphic Designer
    Creating, Persuading

    Average Earnings: $42,400

    Projected Growth: 13%

    Graphic designers create visual concepts, by hand or using computer software, to communicate ideas that inspire, inform, or captivate consumers. They develop the overall layout and production design for advertisements, brochures, magazines, and corporate reports.

    Graphic designers typically do the following:

  • Meet with clients or the art director to determine the scope of a project
  • Advise clients on strategies to reach a particular audience
  • Determine the message the design should portray
  • Create images that identify a product or convey a message
  • Develop graphics and visual or audio images for product illustrations, logos, and websites
  • Create designs either by hand or using computer software packages
  • Select colors, images, text style, and layout
  • Present the design to clients or the art director
  • Incorporate changes recommended by the clients into the final design
  • Review designs for errors before printing or publishing them
  • Actor
    Creating, Persuading

    Average Earnings: $33,180

    Projected Growth: 13%

    Actors express ideas and portray characters in theater, film, television, and other performing arts media. They also work at theme parks or other live events. They interpret a writer’s script to entertain or inform an audience.

    Actors typically do the following:

  • Read scripts and meet with agents and other professionals before accepting a role
  • Audition in front of directors and producers
  • Research their character’s personal traits and circumstances to better portray them to an audience
  • Memorize and rehearse their lines with other actors
  • Discuss their role with the director and other actors to improve the overall performance of the show
  • Perform the role, following the director's directions
  • Announcer
    Creating, Persuading

    Average Earnings: $25,900

    Projected Growth: -4%

    Announcers present music, news, and sports and may provide commentary or interview guests about these topics or other important events. Some act as masters of ceremonies (emcees) or disc jockeys (DJs) at weddings, parties, or clubs.

    Radio and television announcers typically do the following:

  • Present music, news, sports, the weather, the time, and commercials
  • Interview guests and moderate panels or discussions on their shows
  • Announce station programming information, such as program schedules and station breaks for commercials, or public-service information
  • Research topics for comment and discussion during shows
  • Read prepared scripts on radio or television shows
  • Comment on important news stories
  • Provide commentary for the audience during sporting events, at parades, and on other occasions
  • Select program content
  • Make promotional appearances at public or private events
  • Lawyer
    Thinking, Persuading

    Average Earnings: $110,590

    Projected Growth: 13%

    Lawyers advise and represent individuals, businesses, and government agencies on legal issues and disputes.

    Lawyers typically do the following:

  • Advise and represent clients in courts, before government agencies, or in private legal matters
  • Communicate with their clients and others
  • Conduct research and analysis of legal problems
  • Interpret laws, rulings, and regulations for individuals and businesses
  • Present facts in writing or verbally to their clients or others and argue on their behalf
  • Prepare and file legal documents, such as lawsuits, appeals, wills, contracts, and deeds
  • Sales Manager

    Average Earnings: $97,260

    Projected Growth: 15%

    Sales managers direct sales teams of organizations. They set sales goals, analyze data, and develop training programs for the sales representatives of the organization.

    Sales managers typically do the following:

  • Resolve customer complaints regarding sales and service
  • Prepare budgets and approve expenditures
  • Monitor customer preferences to determine the focus of sales efforts
  • Analyze sales statistics
  • Project sales and determine the profitability of products and services
  • Determine discount rates or special pricing plans
  • Develop plans to acquire new customers or clients, through direct sales techniques, cold calling, and business-to-business marketing visits
  • Assign sales territories and set sales quotas
  • Plan and coordinate training programs for sales staff
  • Top Executive

    Average Earnings: $91,570

    Projected Growth: 0%

    Top executives devise strategies and policies to ensure that an organization meets its goals. They plan, direct, and coordinate operational activities of companies and organizations.

    Top executives typically do the following:

  • Establish and carry out departmental or organizational goals, policies, and procedures
  • Direct and oversee an organization’s financial and budgetary activities
  • Manage general activities related to making products and providing services
  • Consult with other executives, staff, and board members about general operations
  • Negotiate or approve contracts and agreements
  • Appoint department heads and managers
  • Analyze financial statements, sales reports, and other performance indicators
  • Identify places to cut costs and to improve performance, policies, and programs
  • Architect
    Thinking, Creating

    Average Earnings: $70,320

    Projected Growth: 16%

    Architects plan and design houses, office buildings, and other structures.

    Architects typically do the following:

  • Seek new work by marketing and giving presentations
  • Consult with clients to determine requirements for structures
  • Estimate materials, equipment, costs, and construction time
  • Prepare, design, and structure specifications
  • Direct workers who prepare drawings and documents
  • Prepare scaled drawings of the project
  • Prepare contract documents for building contractors
  • Manage construction contracts
  • Visit worksites to ensure that construction adheres to architectural plans
  • Multimedia Artist or Animator

    Average Earnings: $56,330

    Projected Growth: 14%

    Multimedia artists and animators create animation and visual effects for television, movies, video games, and other forms of media.

    Multimedia artists and animators typically do the following:

  • Create graphics and animation using computer programs and illustrations
  • Work with a team of animators and artists to create a movie, game, or visual effect
  • Research upcoming projects to help create realistic designs or animations
  • Develop storyboards that map out key scenes in animations
  • Edit animations and effects on the basis of feedback from directors, other animators, game designers, or clients
  • Meet with clients, other animators, games designers, directors, and other staff (which may include actors) to review deadlines and development timelines
  • Writer or Author

    Average Earnings: $53,070

    Projected Growth: 15%

    Writers and authors develop original written content for advertisements, books, magazines, movie and television scripts, songs, and online publications.

    Writers and authors typically do the following:

  • Choose subject matter that interests readers
  • Write fiction or nonfiction through scripts, novels, and biographies
  • Conduct research to obtain factual information and authentic detail
  • Write advertising copy for use by newspapers, magazines, broadcasts, and the Internet
  • Present drafts to editors and clients for feedback
  • Work with editors and clients to shape the material so it can be published
  • Physician or Surgeon

    Average Earnings: $186,044

    Projected Growth: 22%

    Physicians and surgeons diagnose and treat injuries or illnesses. Physicians examine patients; take medical histories; prescribe medications; and order, perform, and interpret diagnostic tests. They counsel patients on diet, hygiene, and preventive healthcare. Surgeons operate on patients to treat injuries, such as broken bones; diseases, such as cancerous tumors; and deformities, such as cleft palates.

    Physicians and surgeons typically do the following:

  • Take a patient’s medical history
  • Update charts and patient information to show current findings and treatments
  • Order tests for nurses or other healthcare staff to perform
  • Review test results to identify any abnormal findings
  • Recommend and design a plan of treatment
  • Address concerns or answer questions that patients have about their health and well-being
  • Help patients take care of their health by discussing topics such as proper nutrition and hygiene
  • Natural Sciences Manager
    Thinking, Persuading

    Average Earnings: $116,020

    Projected Growth: 8%

    Natural sciences managers supervise the work of scientists, including chemists, physicists, and biologists. They plan and direct research and development projects and coordinate activities such as testing, quality control, and production.

    Natural sciences managers typically do the following:

  • Work with top executives to determine scientific and technical goals of research and development and make detailed plans to accomplish these goals
  • Prepare budgets for projects and programs and determine staff, training, and equipment needs
  • Hire, supervise, and evaluate scientists, engineers, technicians, and other staff
  • Review the accuracy of their staff’s work and the soundness of the methods the staff uses
  • Monitor the progress of projects and prepare and review research, testing, and operational reports
  • Provide technical assistance to scientists, technicians, and support staff
  • Establish administrative procedures, policies, or standards—such as environmental standards
  • Communicate with clients and top management to explain proposals, present research findings, establish specifications, or discuss the status of a project
  • Mathematician
    Thinking, Creating, Organizing

    Average Earnings: $95,150

    Projected Growth: 22%

    Mathematicians use advanced mathematics to develop and understand mathematical principles, analyze data, and solve real-world problems.

    Mathematicians typically do the following:

  • Expand knowledge in mathematical areas, such as algebra or geometry, by developing new rules, theories, and concepts
  • Use mathematical formulas and models to prove or disprove theories
  • Apply mathematical theories and techniques to solve practical problems in business, engineering, the sciences, or other fields
  • Develop mathematical or statistical models to analyze data
  • Interpret data and report conclusions from their analyses
  • Use data analysis to support and improve business decisions
  • Read professional journals, talk with other mathematicians, and attend professional conferences to maintain knowledge of current trends
  • Economist
    Thinking, Persuading, Organizing

    Average Earnings: $83,590

    Projected Growth: 6%

    Economists study the production and distribution of resources, goods, and services by collecting and analyzing data, researching trends, and evaluating economic issues.

    Economists typically do the following:

  • Research and analyze economic issues
  • Conduct surveys and collect data
  • Analyze data using mathematical models and statistical techniques
  • Prepare reports, tables, and charts that present research results
  • Interpret and forecast market trends
  • Advise businesses, governments, and individuals on economic topics
  • Design policies or make recommendations for solving economic problems
  • Write articles for publication in newsletters and academic journals
  • Industrial Engineer
    Thinking, Persuading, Organizing

    Average Earnings: $73,820

    Projected Growth: 14%

    Industrial engineers find ways to eliminate wastefulness in production processes. They devise efficient ways to use workers, machines, materials, information, and energy to make a product or provide a service

    Industrial engineers typically do the following:

  • Review production schedules, engineering specifications, process flows, and other information to understand methods and activities in manufacturing and services
  • Figure out how to manufacture parts or products, or deliver services, with maximum efficiency
  • Develop management control systems to make financial planning and cost analysis more efficient
  • Enact quality control procedures to resolve production problems or minimize costs
  • Work with customers and management to develop standards for design and production
  • Design control systems to coordinate activities and production planning to ensure that products meet quality standards
  • Confer with clients about product specifications, vendors about purchases, management personnel about manufacturing capabilities, and staff about the status of projects
  • Management Consultant or Analyst
    Thinking, Persuading, Organizing

    Average Earnings: $73,570

    Projected Growth: 24%

    Management analysts, often called management consultants, propose ways to improve the efficiency of an organization. They advise managers on how to make organizations more profitable through reduced costs and increased revenues.

    Management analysts typically do the following:

  • Gather and organize information about the problem to be solved or the procedure to be improved
  • Interview personnel and conduct on-site observations to determine the methods, equipment, and personnel that will be needed
  • Analyze financial and other data, including revenue, expenditure, and employment reports
  • Develop solutions or alternative practices
  • Recommend new systems, procedures, or organizational changes
  • Make recommendations to management through presentations or written reports
  • Confer with managers to ensure that the changes are working
  • Computer Programmer
    Thinking, Organizing

    Average Earnings: $69,620

    Projected Growth: -3%

    Computer programmers write code to create software programs. They turn the program designs created by software developers and engineers into instructions that a computer can follow.

    Computer programmers typically do the following:

  • Write programs in a variety of computer languages, such as C++ and Java
  • Update and expand existing programs
  • Debug programs by testing for and fixing errors
  • Build and use computer-assisted software engineering (CASE) tools to automate the writing of some code
  • Use code libraries, which are collections of independent lines of code, to simplify the writing
  • Operations Research Analyst
    Thinking, Persuading, Organizing

    Average Earnings: $69,000

    Projected Growth: 22%

    Operations research analysts use advanced mathematical and analytical methods to help organizations investigate complex issues, identify and solve problems, and make better decisions.

    Operations research analysts typically do the following:

  • Identify and define business problems, such as those in production, logistics, or sales
  • Collect and organize information from a variety of sources, such as computer databases
  • Gather input from workers involved in all aspects of the problem or from others who have specialized knowledge, so that they can help solve the problem
  • Examine information to figure out what is relevant to the problem and what methods should be used to analyze it
  • Use statistical analysis or simulations to analyze information and develop practical solutions to business problems
  • Advise managers and other decision makers on the impacts of various courses of action to take in order to address a problem
  • Write memos, reports, and other documents, outlining their findings and recommendations for managers, executives, and other officials
  • Occupational Health and Safety Specialist
    Thinking, Organizing

    Average Earnings: $62,250

    Projected Growth: 11%

    Occupational health and safety specialists analyze many types of work environments and work procedures. Specialists inspect workplaces for adherence to regulations on safety, health, and the environment. They also design programs to prevent disease or injury to workers and damage to the environment.

    Occupational health and safety specialists typically do the following:

  • Identify hazards in the workplace
  • Collect samples of potentially toxic materials for analysis
  • Inspect and evaluate workplace environments, equipment, and practices for compliance with corporate and government health and safety standards and regulations
  • Design and implement workplace processes and procedures that help protect workers from potentially hazardous work conditions
  • Investigate accidents and incidents to identify their causes and to determine how they might be prevented in the future
  • Conduct training on a variety of topics such as emergency preparedness
  • Urban or Regional Planner
    Thinking, Creating, Persuading

    Average Earnings: $59,810

    Projected Growth: 19%

    Urban and regional planners develop plans and programs for the use of land. Their plans help create communities, accommodate population growth, and revitalize physical facilities in towns, cities, counties, and metropolitan areas.

    Urban and regional planners typically do the following:

  • Meet with public officials, developers, and the public regarding development plans and land use
  • Gather and analyze economic and environmental studies, censuses, and market research data
  • Conduct field investigations to analyze factors affecting land use
  • Review site plans submitted by developers
  • Assess the feasibility of proposals and identify needed changes
  • Recommend whether proposals should be approved or denied
  • Present projects to communities, planning officials, and planning commissions
  • Stay current on zoning or building codes, environmental regulations, and other legal issues
  • Historian

    Average Earnings: $54,530

    Projected Growth: 11%

    Historians research, analyze, interpret, and present the past by studying a variety of historical documents and sources.

    Historians typically do the following:

  • Gather historical data from various sources, including archives, books, and artifacts
  • Analyze and interpret historical information to determine its authenticity and significance
  • Trace historical developments in a particular field
  • Engage with the public through educational programs and presentations
  • Archive or preserve materials and artifacts in museums, visitor centers, and historic sites
  • Provide advice or guidance on historical topics and preservation issues
  • Write reports, articles, and books on findings and theories
  • Market Research Analyst
    Thinking, Persuading, Organizing

    Average Earnings: $48,645

    Projected Growth: 28%

    Market research analysts study market conditions to examine potential sales of a product or service. They help companies understand what products people want, who will buy them, and at what price.

    Market research analysts typically do the following:

  • Monitor and forecast marketing and sales trends
  • Measure the effectiveness of marketing programs and strategies
  • Devise and evaluate methods for collecting data, such as surveys, questionnaires, and opinion polls
  • Gather data about consumers, competitors, and market conditions
  • Analyze data using statistical software
  • Convert complex data and findings into understandable tables, graphs, and written reports
  • Prepare reports and present results to clients and management
  • Survey Researcher
    Thinking, Persuading, Organizing

    Average Earnings: $36,050

    Projected Growth: 24%

    Survey researchers design surveys and analyze data. Surveys are used to collect factual data, such as employment and salary information, or to ask questions in order to understand people’s opinions, preferences, beliefs, or desires.

    Survey researchers typically do the following:

  • Conduct background research on survey topics
  • Plan and design surveys and develop appropriate survey methods
  • Test their surveys to make sure that people will understand the questions
  • Conduct surveys and collect data
  • Account for and solve problems caused by non-respondents or other sampling issues
  • Analyze data using statistical software and techniques
  • Summarize survey data using tables, graphs, and fact sheets
  • Evaluate surveys, methods, and performance to improve future surveys
  • Choosing the Right Career

    Now that you’ve reviewed some possible careers, you may be wondering where to go next. Perhaps your list of suggested careers seems overwhelming and confusing. Perhaps you saw some career ideas that sounded interesting, but you’re not sure how to proceed, or how to decide which is really best for you. This section is designed to give you a roadmap that you can use to navigate forward as you explore your career possibilities.

    As you continue in your career search, it will be crucial that you have a system for evaluating your opportunities. You need a well-defined approach to looking at various careers and deciding whether they are worth further exploration. You’ve already taken the first step by assessing your interests, but now the task is to take that self-knowledge and translate it into a game plan for exploring your career options.

    The first step is to clearly understand your criteria for the career path you seek. You don’t need to know exactly which career is right for you, but you do need to know what you are looking for. You must understand the factors which are more important to your happiness and satisfaction in a career. Equally, you must understand the aspects of a career that you want to avoid, so that you don’t end up in a job that frequently requires you to do things that are not a good fit.

    This section will suggest some criteria that you may want to use as part of your career exploration process. These are based on your interest profile, but you will probably find that some of the suggested criteria seem more relevant to you than others. You may also find that you want to add to what is given here. Use these suggestions as a starting point to build your own system of evaluating possible careers.

    This is a sample report for the Career Personality Profiler. To see how you can choose the right career, take the test!

    What Makes Your Ideal Career?

    In choosing a career, you want to be mindful of the factors that are most important to you. Many of these factors will be based on your interests and personality, but some will be unique to you. This section will provide you with some guidance in the factors that may be important to you in your career search.

    Satisfying your core needs

    An ideal career should satisfy your most fundamental motivations to work. Although everyone wants to feel a sense of purpose, we all differ in how we like to feel that we contribute. To understand what sort of career will be satisfying, you must understand the factors that create satisfaction for you.

    Below, you will see a list of the factors that are most likely to be important to you in a career. Generally, if a career has all or most of these factors, you will find the day-to-day work satisfying. As you explore different careers, you can use this list as a sort of checklist for each potential career. The more closely a career seems to fit your list of core needs, the more likely you'll be happy with it in the long term.

    Your Core Needs:

    • Use my charisma and powers of persuasion to motivate and influence other people
    • Set exciting goals and take risks to achieve success
    • Increase my power and standing within my field
    • Promote novel ideas and impact key decisions to make my mark on the world
    • Use my creative talents to do something original and unique to me
    • Express my ideas, feelings and experiences
    • Experience my senses through art, design, music, drama, or other aesthetic media
    • Follow my inspiration to create what is authentic to me

    Doing tasks and activities that suit you

    One of the most important aspects of job satisfaction is the extent to which your daily work fits with your preferred types of activities. Although this may seem obvious, it can be easy to overlook the mundane day-to-day aspects of a job that sounds exciting in the abstract. Before you decide a job is right for you, be sure you understand what the everyday tasks of that job entail, and compare these tasks with your preferred tasks listed below.

    Your Preferred Tasks:

    • Selling products or services
    • Leading or managing a team
    • Pitching ideas or initiatives
    • Starting a new business or other venture
    • Speaking in front of groups of people
    • Influencing people to your way of thinking
    • Working with forms, colors, patterns, or other visual elements
    • Working with aesthetic or expressive media like dance, music, or drama
    • Creating a visually appealing presentation or design
    • Coming up with an original idea with few or no guidelines to follow
    • Working on what inspires you at the moment, rather than a predetermined task
    • Being imaginative, creative, and original

    Avoiding what you don't like

    Almost as important as understanding what tasks you enjoy is understanding which tasks and activites you would prefer to avoid. If some parts of a job are very appealing to you, but other aspects are boring, irritating, or otherwise unpleasant, it's unlikely you'll be happy in that job over the long term.

    For each career you're considering, take stock of the typical daily activities and make sure that you will not have to spend significant time on tasks you don't enjoy. Although nobody has a job that they love all the time, it is important to avoid career paths that require a lot of time spent on activities that you simply aren't suited to.

    Tasks to Avoid:

    • Working with tools or machines
    • Working with plants or animals
    • Repairing or maintaining things, especially mechanical systems
    • Building, constructing, or crafting things
    • Being athletic or physical
    • Making something tangible, practical and useful
    • Caring for others’ personal needs
    • Educating or training people
    • Counseling people on their personal issues
    • Looking after vulnerable people, including the sick, very young, or very old
    • Helping others grow and develop
    • Being supportive and sympathetic

    Asking the important questions

    As you explore careers, you will be asking many questions. You are probably already wondering about common concerns, like how much money you might make, how much education or training you will need, or how easy it might be to find a job in a particular field.

    But it’s also important that you ask questions that are personal to you and your interests. These questions will help you dial in to the careers that will suit your personality. Here, we suggest some questions that you may want to ask about each career you are seriously considering.

    You might answer these questions by doing research online, in books, magazines, or trade journals, or by interviewing people in the field. You may find that the answers to some questions are not a clear “yes” or “no,” and that’s fine. The goal is not to get black-and-white answers to every question, but to gain a better and more complete understanding of whether a career is a good fit for you.

    Your Key Questions:

    • Will this career allow me to influence and motivate other people?
    • Will I feel powerful and important in this career?
    • Will this career allow me to take risks and pursue exciting achievements?
    • Will this career give me a platform to share my ideas and persuade other people to my point of view?
    • Will this career allow me to come up with my own unique and original way of doing things?
    • Will this career allow me to be authentic and true to myself on the job?
    • Does this career take advantage of my creative talents?
    • Will this career put me in environments which are aesthetically pleasing and stimulating to the senses?

    The Next Step

    You've just made an excellent start to your career search process by exploring your interests, talents, preferences, and values. Give yourself a pat on the back!

    Although choosing a career isn't an easy process, it can be an incredibly rewarding one when done right. By doing an objective assessment of who you are and what you are suited to, you've already gotten off to a huge head start.

    You've digested a lot of information, so take a while to sit with it. When you're ready, come back to your list of careers and pick out the ones that sound most appealing. Click on the "Read more" link next to each of these careers to learn more about them. Use this as a jumping-off point to begin your own research.

    You have plenty of work ahead of you to find your ideal career, but you should now feel well prepared to get started. We wish you the best of luck in your search!

    This has been a sample report for the Career Personality Profiler. To get your own interest rankings, personality graphs, top careers, plus personalized advice to help you plan your career, take the test!