An interest and/or career assessment can help you identify careers that meet your interests.

Interest assessments usually ask you a series of questions about what you like and don't like to do. Using that information, they match your likes and dislikes to careers. When you choose a career that matches your overall interests, you're more likely to enjoy your job. You're also more likely to be successful.

Since assessment results may relate to as many as 900 different occupations, don't panic if your results include careers that don't interest you. Experts recommended that you take more than one assessment to broaden your ideas before you make a decision. It can also be helpful to talk with a career counselor, family, and friends before making a career decision.

What can an assessment help you do?

  • Learn about occupations that are a good match for you
  • Decide where you need more training or experience
  • Identify the skills you bring to a job
  • Write more specific, detailed resumes and cover letters
  • Consider careers you may not have thought about before

What can’t as assessment help you do?

  • Guarantee that you will like a particular career
  • Ensure that careers you are suited for will be in high demand by employers
  • Account for differences within the same career. For example, a nurse may work in different conditions in an emergency room compared to a nursing home. Also, different employers provide an environment that can make the same career more or less attractive.
Action Steps

Take the CareerOneStop Work Values Matcher to identify the work values most important to you. Use your results to explore careers and find workplaces that match your values.

Try CareerOneStop's Interest Assessment. You'll answer 30 quick questions online. Then you'll get a list of careers that might be a good fit for your likes and dislikes.

For in-depth skills identification, visit CareerOneStop's Skills Matcher. Answer 40 questions about your knowledge and experience to identify career options that relate to your current skills.