Your Strong Interest Inventory® Test General Occupational Themes

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The General Occupational Themes (GOT’s) included in your Strong Interest Inventory® test results were created to further clarify your high and low scores on the Occupational Scales, which provide information about how test taker’s answers match with people who work in and are satisfied with particular jobs.

There are six Strong Interest Inventory test General Occupational Themes (GOT’s), and these Themes play a precise and significant role in differentiating and interpreting Interest Inventory results and scores. General Occupation Themes consist of six categories. These include:

  • Realistic
  • Investigative
  • Artistic
  • Social
  • Enterprising
  • Conventional

Test takers are normally assigned three categories in the form of the first letter of each category, which help place you in occupations, which coincide with your categories. For instance a Strong Interest Inventory test  CIR Theme Code would be Conventional, Investigative and Realistic. A relation or correlation exists between the General Occupational Themes, and this is usually represented in what is referred to as the R-I-A-S-E-C Hexagon. The closer the letter or category on the hexagon, the closer the relation is between two or three categories. An example of the R-I-A-S-E-C hexagon can be seen below:

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Each of the six categories which make up The Strong Interest Inventory test GOT’s represents different behaviors, preferences and interests along with particular occupations that coincide with particular GOT’s. The following is a list of the definitions and Themes that correspond with each category on the General Occupational Theme Code R-I-A-S-E-C Hexagon.

The Strong Interest Inventory Test Realistic Theme

Those who score high on The Realistic Theme are known as “Doers”. They tend to be practical and straightforward, like activities, jobs, and co-workers in areas such as mechanical, construction, and repair activities. “Doers” enjoy working with computers, computer networks, tools and machinery. Typical work activities included in The Strong Interest Inventory test  Realistic Theme include doing jobs that produce tangible results, operating or designing heavy equipment or huge machinery and fixing, building and repairing. High scorers in The Realistic Theme are generally emotionally stable and reliable, inclined to take physical risks, practical, thrifty, shy and modest (CPP, 2005).

Sample Realistic occupations include:

  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • Law Enforcement Officer
  • Electrician
  • Radiological Technologist

The Strong Interest Inventory Test Investigative Theme

Those who score high on The Investigative Theme are known as “Thinkers”. They tend to be inquisitive and intellectual, have a strong scientific orientation. They enjoy gathering information, uncovering new facts or theories, and analyzing and interpreting data. They prefer academic or research environments, while often striving for advance degrees. . Those that score high in The Strong Interest Inventory Investigative Theme dislike selling and repetitive activities.  These people are generally independent, self-motivated, reserved, curious and introspective (CPP, 2005).

Sample Investigative Theme occupations include:

  • Dentist
  • University Professor
  • Physician
  • Psychologist

The Strong Interest Inventory Test Artistic Theme

Those who score high on The Artistic Theme are known as “creators” and value aesthetic qualities while having a great need for self-expression. People who fall into this category are generally at ease in academic and intellectual environments. The Strong Interest Inventory Test Artistic Theme includes such areas as visual art and design, performing arts, culinary arts, and writing and mass communication. Many people who fall into this category often express this theme in terms of observing the arts rather then participating in the arts themselves. People who score in the Artistic Theme tend to be independent, nonconforming, Impulsive, expressive, romantic, sensitive and free-spirited (CPP, 2005).

Sample Artistic Theme occupations include:

  • Graphic Designer
  • Musician
  • Reporter
  • Broadcast Journalist

The Strong Interest Inventory Test Social Theme

Those who score high on The Social Theme are known as “helpers” and prefer to work with people, enjoy working with groups, sharing responsibilities, and being the center of attention. People who score high in The Social Theme prefer to help, nurture, care, teach and instruct others. Individuals in The Social Theme GOT like to solve problems through discussing feelings and problems (CPP, 2005).

Sample Social Theme occupations include:

  • Social Worker
  • School Counselor
  • Elementary School Teacher
  • Minister

The Strong Interest Inventory Test Enterprising Theme

Those who score high on The Strong Interest Inventory Test Enterprising Theme are known as “persuaders” and seek positions of leadership, power and status. They enjoy working with other people and leading towards organizational goals and economic success. They enjoy working with people in general and directing others, and dislike scientific activities and long periods of intellectual effort (CPP, 2005).

Sample Enterprising Theme occupations include:

  • Realtor
  • Investment Manager
  • Marketing Manager
  • Flight attendant

The Strong Interest Inventory Test Conventional Theme

Those who score high on The Strong Interest inventory Test Conventional Theme are known as “organizers” and enjoy activities that require attention to organization, data systems, detail, and accuracy. Accounting and financial management are two areas of further enjoyment for these people. They also do well in large organizations though do not necessarily prefer to work with people over ideas and data. The Conventional Theme is opposite The Artistic Theme on The R-I-A-S-E-C Hexagon as the Conventional Theme reflects a preference for organization while The Artistic Theme shows a preference for unstructured and creative tasks (CPP, 2005).

Sample Conventional Theme occupations include:

  • Banker
  • Food Service Manager
  • Accountant
  • Paralegal

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