What’s RIASEC?

Realistic – people who like to work with objects, tools, machines, and things in nature. Mechanical ability and technical competence are encouraged; people and other interpersonal issues tend to be overlooked. As coworkers, they tend to have traditional values and take a concrete and direct approach to the world. Rewards come from having a straightforward, relatively simple life and seeing tangible results of one‘s work.

Investigative – people who work to conduct thorough investigations of physical, biological, or cultural phenomena. Scholarship, math skills, and scientific ability are encouraged; direct leadership tasks tend to be overlooked. As co-workers, they generally are very involved in their own tasks and not too interested in frequent interactions with other people. Rewards come from freedom, satisfaction of curiosity, and a chance to develop one‘s own work style.

Artistic – people who work with words, music, or artistic media to create original results. Expression, sensitivity, intuition, nonconformity, and independence are encouraged; routine organizational tasks tend to be avoided. As co-workers, they tend to be emotional, expressive, and unconventional in dress and/or behavior.

Social – people who work with other people, teaching, caring, curing, leading, or helping them in some way. Cooperation, sociability, understanding, and flexibility are encouraged; physical tasks involving machines and tools tend to be avoided. As co-workers they are generally friendly, helpful, and interested in discussing problems. Rewards come from helping others, receiving appreciation, and being in a warm and supportive environment.

Enterprising – people who work with other people, selling, persuading, and leading. Assertiveness, competition, self-confidence, speaking ability, and leadership are encouraged; complex problem solving involving intangibles tend to be avoided. As co-workers, they tend to be concerned about power, status, and influence; they like to be in charge. Rewards come from a sense of achievement and being where the action is; the rewards are often in the form of money, power, and/or status.

Conventional – people who work with computers, manage records and communication, and perform administrative tasks. Organizational, computer, and financial skills are encouraged; artistic, individualistic, and nonconformist activities tend to be avoided. As co-workers, they tend to be orderly, persistent, and calm; stability is valued. Rewards come from seeing how one‘s input contributes to the smooth operation of an enterprise or community.

Posted on April 28, 2012, in Training. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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