Riasec Personality Types

Ever wondered why you just couldn’t love your job regardless of how successful you are? In some cases, it is the job that doesn’t love you, causing a lot of problems during your professional tenure.

It is possible that the career you chose is not the best fit for your personality, thus the conflicting and contradicting aspects of your work and personal life. This is where taking a personality test comes handy. A good example of a career key test is the Holland Codes Test that will help identify your personality against 6 types of personalities.

According to John Holland, developer of the Holland Codes or the Holland Occupational Themes (RIASEC), most people belong to one of six personality types. They can be realistic, investigative, artistic, social, enterprising or conventional. Each one of these personalities describe certain characteristics that would be suitable to a particular career.


Also known as doers, individuals with realistic personality likes to work with tools, machines and animals. It follows that they have good skills in using tools and equipment, and in working with plants and animals. They place great value on things that can be seen, touched and used. They also see themselves as mechanical and practical.

What a realistic is not is sociable and a people person. They often avoid any social activities, such as speaking in front of a huge crowd or teaching a group of students.

Some Career Options Where Realistic Individuals Would Excel At

  1. Agriculture
  2. Aerospace architect
  3. Astronomy
  4. Carpenter
  5. Chemistry
  6. Computer Engineer
  7. Firefighter
  8. Veterinarian
  9. Zoologist
  10. Driver


Investigative personality prefers the challenge of solving science or math problems, instead of selling, marketing or leading people. They have excellent skills and knowledge in understanding problems, resulting in their ability to find resolutions.

They see themselves as intellectual, precise and scientific, which shows their love for science. They’re also considered thinkers, because they prefer tasks that are scientific, medical, technical, scholarly, or anything that involves investigation, observation, exploration, thought and discovery.

Some Career Options Where Investigative Personality Would Excel At

  1. Librarian / Archivist
  2. Carpenter
  3. Chemist
  4. Counselor
  5. Dietitian
  6. Engineer
  7. Lawyer
  8. Physics
  9. Technical Writer
  10. Veterinarian


Individuals with artistic personality is also called creators, because of their penchant for creative activities. They’re often involved in drama, dance, music, creative writing, art, crafts, and other tasks that are not repetitive or highly ordered. They have good artistic abilities and value creative arts. They often see themselves as expressive, independent and original.

Some Career Options Where Artistic Personality Would Excel At

  1. Broadcast Journalism
  2. Architect
  3. Clergy
  4. Counselor
  5. Dance
  6. Fashion Design
  7. Fine Artist
  8. Technical Writer
  9. Musician
  10. Web Design


Also known as helpers, social personality is the antithesis of realistic. They prefer to help people rather than work with animals, or use machines and tools to achieve a particular goal. They excel at giving information, nursing, teaching or counseling. If investigative personality likes to solve math and science problems, social personality prefer to find the solutions to social problems. They are generally trustworthy, helpful and friendly.

Some Career Options That Social Personality Would Excel At

  1. Librarian /Archivist
  2. Clergy
  3. Community Organizer
  4. Customer Service
  5. Education
  6. Firefighter
  7. Social Advocate
  8. Social Work
  9. Teacher
  10. Veterinarian


Individuals with enterprising personality are also called persuaders, because they like to lead and persuade people. They excel at selling ideas and things, but tend to be poor in analytical and scientific thinking, and other activities that call for careful observation. Because they see themselves as sociable, ambitious and energetic, they work to succeed in business, politics or leadership roles.

Some Career Options That Enterprising Personality Would Excel At

  1. Architect
  2. Actuary
  3. Business
  4. Clergy
  5. Educational Administration
  6. Finance
  7. Fundraising
  8. Firefighter
  9. Market Research Analyst
  10. Lawyer


Also known as organizers, people with conventional personality are conservative and conscientious. They like to work with numbers, machines and records, provided that they are orderly. They avoid any activities that are ambiguous and unstructured. Conventional personality see themselves as orderly, organized and good at following a plan. Business success is highly valuable to them.

Some Career Options That Conventional Personality Would Excel At

  1. Tax Advisor/ Accounting
  2. Librarian / Archivist
  3. Chemistry
  4. Carpenter
  5. Customer Service
  6. Math Teacher
  7. Human Resources
  8. Pharmacist
  9. Nurse
  10. Business Trainer

You might have noticed that some jobs appear more than once under different personality types. This is because certain careers need a combination of different characteristics to succeed.

A veterinarian, for example, falls under realistic, investigative and social personalities. Not only do vets need to like working with animals and tools, they also need to be sociable to the farmers or animal owners.

A librarian / archivist, on the other hand, is suitable for individuals with investigative, social and conventional personalities. With the work involved in ensuring books and records are organized properly, a librarian must be precise (investigative), sociable (social), and good with working records (conventional) at the same time.

What the RIASEC personality types are for

If you are sure about the career you want to pursue, good for you. But if you are struggling, taking the Holland Codes Test will help you explore your interests. Consider the top two or three personalities before making a career choice.

After identifying your occupational personality type, get job information about the career you are eyeing on through O*NET of the U.S. Department of Labor. Everything you need to know about a particular occupation you will find through the O*NET database.

By working in a career that matches your personality, problems, such as unhappiness, job dissatisfaction and disengagement would be avoided. The chances of you switching careers might be slim as well.

RIASEC personality types are also used to determine which college major an individual must pursue. This way, they won’t have to change course or degree at some point in their academic years.