Group Dynamics and the Public Sphere

Psychology in the Workplace

How are different personality types suited for different types of jobs?

There is a large body of research examining how different personality types fit different types of jobs. The Strong-Campbell Interest Inventory is a well known test that aims to match personal interests, personality types, and occupational choice. This and similar tests are used in vocational counseling to help people decide on a career direction. According to their interests, people are characterized according to six personality dimensions: realistic, investigative, artistic, social, enterprising, and conventional (RIASEC). The pattern of test scores is then matched to professions whose members have similar patterns of test scores. For example, mechanics and construction workers score high on realistic, biologists and social scientists score high on investigative, and clinical psychologists and high school teachers score high on social. Newer adaptations of this test, such as the Campbell Interest and Skill Survey and the Strong Interest Inventory, have also been developed.


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