Career Interests Game

Welcome to the Career Interests Game! This is a game designed to help you match your interests and skills with similar careers. It can help you begin thinking about how your personality will fit in with specific work environments and careers. Come play along and see what happens! For more information about the Career Interests Game, careers, majors, and self-assessments (the SDS, Focus 2, and the Missouri Occupational Card Sort), call or come by the MU Career Center.

This exercise is based on Dr. John Holland’s theory that people and work environments can be loosely classified into six different groups. Different peoples’ personalities may find different environments more to their liking. While you may have some interests in and similarities to several of the six groups, you may be attracted primarily to two or three of the areas. These two or three letters are your Holland Code.

Imagine walking into a room in which the six groups of people below are already interacting. Read the descriptions of each group and list the group you would be drawn to first, then your second choice, and finally your third choice.

For example, if you choose R then E and then S you would most resemble the Realistic type, somewhat less resemble the Enterprising type, and resemble the Social type even less. The types that are not in your code are the types you resemble least of all. Most people, and most jobs, are some combination of two or three of the Holland interest areas.

Now hover your mouse over the color hexagon above.  Click on your first, then second and then third choices of the Holland categories to find out more information on areas of study at MU, career possibilities, co-curricular activities and hobbies that correspond to your strongest interest areas. This will give you additional ways of exploring career-related interests and getting involved in your career planning.

Realistic Investigative Artistic Social Enterprising Conventional
Holland Codes
Realistic Social
Investigative Enterprising
Artistic Conventional

Artistic

People who have artistic, innovating or intuitional abilities and like to work in unstructured situations using their imagination and creativity.

Scroll below and click on each section to learn more information about possible career paths and experiences for artistic people.

Conventional

People who like to work with data, have clerical or numerical ability, carry out tasks in detail or follow through on others’ instructions.

Scroll below and click on each section to learn more information about possible career paths and experiences for conventional people.

Enterprising

People who like to work with people, influencing, persuading, performing, leading or managing for organizational goals or economic gain.

Scroll below and click on each section to learn more information about possible career paths and experiences for enterprising people.

Investigative

People who like to observe, learn, investigate, analyze, evaluate or solve problems.

Scroll below and click on each section to learn more information about possible career paths and experiences for investigative people.

Realistic

People who have athletic or mechanical ability, prefer to work with objects, machines, tools, plants or animals, or to be outdoors.

Scroll below and click on each section to learn more information about possible career paths and experiences for realistic people.

Social

People who like to work with people to enlighten, inform, help, train, or cure them, or are skilled with words.

Scroll below and click on each section to learn more information about possible career paths and experiences for social people.

Are You?
  • Creative
  • Independent
  • Courageous
  • Intuitive
  • Expressive
  • Open
  • Imaginative
  • Original
  • Complicated
  • Innovative
  • Introspective
  • Idealistic
  • Unconventional
  • Impulsive
  • Nonconforming
  • Emotional
  • Sensitive
  • Sketch, Draw, Paint
  • Play a musical instrument
  • Write stories, Poetry, Music
  • Sing, Act, Dance
  • Design fashions or interiors
  • Attend concerts, theatres, art exhibits
  • Read fiction, plays, and poetry
  • Work on crafts
  • Take photographs
  • Express yourself creatively
  • Deal with ambiguous ideas
  • Photography
  • Taking dance lessons
  • Instrument
  • Performing
  • Visiting art museums
  • Homemade crafts
  • Writing stories, poems, etc.
  • Designing sets for plays
  • Painting
  • Desktop publishing
  • Travel
  • Speaking foreign languages
  • Sewing
  • Playing a musical

Explore Mizzou’s 300 degree programs and learn more about your interest areas at majors.missouri.edu.

COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCE

Art (ARE)
Ancient Mediterranean Studies (AIS)
Digital Storytelling (ASE)
English (ASE)
Film Studies (AES)
German (AIE)
Interdisciplinary (IAR)
Interdisciplinary: Peace Studies (IAE)
International Studies: Peace Studies (IAE)
Linguistics (IAS)
Philosophy (AIE)
Psychology (ISE)
Religious Studies (SAE)
Romance Languages (AIE)
Russian (AIE)
Theatre (AES)

COLLEGE OF BUSINESS

Business Administration: Economics (IAS)

COLLEGE OF EDUCATION

Elementary Education (SEA)
Secondary Education (SEA)

COLLEGE OF HUMAN ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES

Architectural Studies (IAE)
Architectural Studies, Interior Design (AES)
Textile & Apparel Management (ESA)

SCHOOL OF JOURNALISM

Journalism (EAS)

SCHOOL OF MUSIC

Music (AES)

Are You?
  • Well-organized
  • Conforming
  • Structured
  • Accurate
  • Orderly
  • Polite
  • Numerically inclined
  • Practical
  • Ambitious
  • Methodical
  • Thrifty
  • Obedient
  • Conscientious
  • Systematic
  • Persistent
  • Efficient
  • Work well within a system
  • Do a lot of paper work in a short time
  • Keep accurate records
  • Use a computer terminal
  • Write effective business letters
  • Follow clearly defined procedures
  • Use data processing equipment
  • Work with numbers
  • Type or take shorthand
  • Be responsible for details
  • Collect or organize things
  • Collecting memorabilia
  • Collecting any related objects
  • Studying tax laws
  • Arranging and organizing household or workshop, etc.
  • Keeping club or family records and files
  • Practicing Clutter’s Last Stand
  • Playing computer or card games
  • Reading home magazines
  • Writing family history

Explore Mizzou’s 300 degree programs and learn more about your interest areas at majors.missouri.edu.

COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE, FOOD AND NATURAL RESOURCES

Hospitality Management: Conference and Event Planning Management (ECS)

COLLEGE OF ARTS & SCIENCE

Mathematics: Actuarial Science and Mathematical Finance (IEC)

COLLEGE OF BUSINESS

Accountancy (CEI)
Business Administration: Finance and Banking (ESC)

COLLEGE OF EDUCATION

Early Childhood Education (SEC)
Educational Studies (SER)
Special Education (SEC)
Special Education: Cross Categorical Special Education (SEC)

COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING

Computer Science (ICS)

COLLEGE OF HUMAN ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES

Human Development and Family Science: Child Development and Education (SEC)
Human Development and Family Science: Child Life Specialist (SEC)
Human Development and Family Science: Early Childhood Education in a Mobile Society (SEC)

SCHOOL OF HEALTH PROFESSIONS

Clinical & Diagnostic Sciences: Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound (RIC)
Health Sciences (SIC)

SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK

Social Work (SEC)

Are You?
  • Self-confident
  • Adventurous
  • Agreeable
  • Assertive
  • Popular
  • Talkative
  • Sociable
  • Impulsive
  • Extroverted
  • Persuasive
  • Ambitious
  • Spontaneous
  • Enthusiastic
  • Inquisitive
  • Optimistic
  • Energetic
  • Initiate projects
  • Convince people to do things your way
  • Sell things or promote ideas
  • Give talks or speeches
  • Organize activities
  • Lead a group
  • Persuade others
  • Make decisions affecting others
  • Be elected to office
  • Win a leadership or sales award
  • Start your own service or business
  • Campaign politically
  • Meet important people
  • Have power or status
  • Discussing Politics
  • Attending Meetings and Conferences
  • Operating a Home Business
  • Reading Business Journals
  • Selling Products
  • Leading Campus of Community Organizations
  • Watching the Stock Market

Explore Mizzou’s 300 degree programs and learn more about your interest areas at majors.missouri.edu.

COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE, FOOD & NATURAL RESOURCES

Agribusiness Management (ESR)
Agricultural Systems Management (IER)
Hospitality Management (ECS)
Plant Sciences (REI)

COLLEGE OF ARTS & SCIENCE

Art History & Archaeology (IRE)
Communication (ESR)
Film Studies (AES)
History (ERS)
Interdisciplinary: Black Studies (SIE)
Interdisciplinary: Environmental Studies (IER)
Interdisciplinary: Peace Studies (IAE)
Interdisciplinary: Women’s and Gender Studies (SIE)
International Studies (IES)
International Studies: East Asian Studies (SEI)
International Studies: Environmental Studies (IRE)
International Studies: European Studies (SEI)
International Studies: International Business (ESR)
International Studies: Latin American Studies (SEI)
International Studies: Peace Studies (IAE)
International Studies: South Asian Studies (SEI)
Political Science (ESI)
Sociology (IER)

COLLEGE OF BUSINESS

Business Administration (ERS)
Business Administration: Finance and Banking (ESC)
Business Administration: International Business (ESR)
Business Administration: Management (ERS)
Business Administration: Marketing (ERS)
Business Administration: Real Estate (ERS)

COLLEGE OF EDUCATION

Early Childhood Education (SEC)
Elementary Education (SEA)
Special Education (SEC)
Special Education: Cross Categorical Special Education (SEC)

COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING

Biological Engineering (IRE)
Biomedical Engineering (IRE)
Computer Sciences (ICS)
Industrial Engineering (EIR)
Information Technology (IER)

COLLEGE OF HUMAN ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES

Architectural Studies, Interior Design (AES)
Nutrition and Exercise Physiology (ISE)
Personal Financial Planning (ESR)
Textile & Apparel Management (ESA)

SCHOOL OF JOURNALISM

Journalism (EAS)
Journalism: Strategic Communication (SIE)

SCHOOL OF LAW

Law (ESA)

SCHOOL OF NATURAL RESOURCES

Parks, Recreation & Sport (ESR)

Are You?
  • Inquisitive
  • Scholarly
  • Independent
  • Analytical
  • Cautious
  • Logical
  • Scientific
  • Intellectually self-confident
  • Complex
  • Observant
  • Reserved
  • Curious
  • Precise
  • Broad-minded
  • Think abstractly
  • Solve math problems
  • Understand scientific theories
  • Do complex calculations
  • Use a microscope or computer
  • Interpret formulas
  • Explore a variety of ideas
  • Use computers
  • Work independently
  • Perform lab experiments
  • Read scientific or technical journals
  • Analyze data
  • Deal with abstractions
  • Do research
  • Be challenged
  • Book club
  • species
  • Collecting rocks, stamps, coins, etc.
  • Astronomy
  • Computers
  • Amateur Radio
  • Crossword puzzles/board games
  • Visiting museums
  • Recreational flying
  • Preservation of endangered

Explore Mizzou’s 300 degree programs and learn more about your interest areas at majors.missouri.edu.

COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE, FOOD & NATURAL RESOURCES

Agriculture (RIS)
Agricultural Systems Management (IER)
Animal Sciences (RIE)
Biochemistry (IRE)
Environmental Sciences (IRS)
Plant Sciences (REI)

COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCE

Ancient Mediterranean Studies (AIS)
Anthropology (IRE)
Art History & Archaeology (IRE)
Biological Sciences (IRE)
Chemistry (IRE)
Economics (ISE)
Geography (IRE)
Geological Sciences (IRE)
Interdisciplinary (IAR)
Interdisciplinary: Black Studies (SIE)
Interdisciplinary: Environmental Studies (IER)
Interdisciplinary: Peace Studies (IAE)
Interdisciplinary: Women’s and Gender Studies (SIE)
International Studies (IES)
International Studies: East Asian Studies (SEI)
International Studies: Environmental Studies (IRE)
International Studies: European Studies (SEI)
International Studies: Latin American Studies (SEI)
International Studies: Peace Studies (IAE)
International Studies: South Asian Studies (SEI)
Linguistics (IAS)
Mathematics (IRE)
Philosophy (AIE)
Physics (IRE)
Political Science (ESI)
Psychology (ISE)
Sociology (IER)
Statistics (IRE)

COLLEGE OF BUSINESS

Business Administration: Economics (IAS)

COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING

Biological Engineering (IRE)
Biomedical Engineering (IRE)
Chemical Engineering (IRE)
Civil Engineering (IRE)
Computer Science (ICS)
Electrical Engineering (IRE)
Industrial Engineering (EIR)
Information Technology (IER)
Mechanical Engineering (RIE)

COLLEGE OF HUMAN ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES

Architectural Studies (IAE)
Human Development & Family Science (IRS)
Nutrition and Exercise Physiology (ISE)

COLLEGE OF VETERINARY MEDICINE

Medicine Biomedical Sciences (IRS)
Veterinary Medicine and Surgery (IRS)
Veterinary Pathobiology (IRS)

SCHOOL OF HEALTH PROFESSIONS

Clinical & Diagnostic Sciences: Clinical Laboratory Science (IRS)
Clinical & Diagnostic Sciences: Radiography (RIS)
Communication Science & Disorders (SIE)
Health Science (SIC)

SCHOOL OF JOURNALISM

Journalism: Strategic Communication (SIE)

SCHOOL OF NATURAL RESOURCES

Natural Resources Science & Management: Forest Resources (IRS)

 

Are You?
  • Practical
  • Thrifty
  • Self-controlled
  • Athletic
  • Curious about the physical world
  • Independent
  • Straightforward/frank
  • Stable
  • Ambitious
  • Mechanically inclined
  • Concrete
  • Systematic
  • A nature lover
  • Reserved
  • Persistent
  • Fix electrical things
  • Solve electrical problems
  • Pitch a tent
  • Play a sport
  • Read a blueprint
  • Plant a garden
  • Operate tools and machinery
  • Tinker with machines/vehicles
  • Work outdoors
  • Use your hands
  • Be physically active
  • Build things
  • Tend/train animals
  • Work on electronic equipment
  • Refinishing furniture
  • Coaching team sports
  • Landscaping
  • Growing plants/flowers
  • Building models
  • Taking exercise classes
  • Hunting/fishing
  • Repairing cars, equipment, etc.
  • Target shooting
  • Woodworking

Explore Mizzou’s 300 degree programs and learn more about your interest areas at majors.missouri.edu.

COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE, FOOD & NATURAL RESOURCES

Agriculture (RIS)
Agricultural Systems Management (IER)
Animal Sciences (RIE)
Biochemistry (IRE)
Environmental Sciences (IRS)
Hospitality Management (ERS)
Plant Sciences (REI)

COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCE

Anthropology (IRE)
Art History & Archaeology (IRE)
Biological Sciences (IRE)
Chemistry (IRE)
Geography (IRE)
Geological Sciences (IRE)
History (ERS)
Interdisciplinary (IAR)
Interdisciplinary: Environmental Studies (IER)
International Studies: Environmental Studies (IRE)
International Studies: International Business (ESR)
Mathematics (IRE)
Physics (IRE)
Statistics (IRE)

COLLEGE OF BUSINESS

Business Administration (ERS)
Business Administration: International Business (ESR)
Business Administration: Management (ERS)
Business Administration: Marketing (ERS)
Business Administration: Real Estate (ERS)

COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING

Biological Engineering (IRE)
Biomedical Engineering (IRE)
Chemical Engineering (IRE)
Civil Engineering (IRE)
Computer Engineering (RIS)
Electrical Engineering (IRE)
Industrial Engineering (EIR)
Information Technology (IER)
Mechanical Engineering (RIE)

COLLEGE OF HUMAN ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES

Human Development & Family Science (IRS)
Personal Financial Planning (ESR)

COLLEGE OF VETERINARY MEDICINE

Medicine Biomedical Sciences (IRS)
Veterinary Medicine and Surgery (IRS)
Veterinary Pathobiology (IRS)

SCHOOL OF HEALTH PROFESSIONS

Athletic Training (SRI)
Clinical & Diagnostic Sciences: Respiratory Therapy (SRI)
Clinical & Diagnostic Sciences: Radiography (RIS)
Clinical & Diagnostic Sciences: Nuclear Medicine (IRS)
Clinical & Diagnostic Sciences: Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound (RIC)

SCHOOL OF NATURAL RESOURCES

Natural Resources Science & Management: Fisheries & Wildlife Sciences (RES)
Natural Resources Science & Management: Forest Resources (IRS)

Are You?
  • Friendly
  • Understanding
  • Patient
  • Helpful
  • Cooperative
  • Empathic
  • Idealistic
  • Generous
  • Kind
  • Insightful
  • Responsible
  • Persuasive
  • Outgoing
  • Forgiving
  • Teach/train others
  • Express yourself clearly
  • Lead a group discussion
  • Mediate disputes
  • Plan and supervise an activity
  • Cooperate well with others
  • Work in groups
  • Help people with problems
  • Participate in meetings
  • Do volunteer work
  • Work with young people
  • Play team sports
  • Serve others
  • Volunteering with social action groups
  • Helping others with personal concerns
  • Religious activities
  • Writing letters
  • Meeting new friends
  • Going to parties
  • Joining campus or community
  • Attending sporting events
  • Playing team sports
  • organizations
  • Caring for children

Explore Mizzou’s 300 degree programs and learn more about your interest areas at majors.missouri.edu.

COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE, FOOD & NATURAL RESOURCES

Agribusiness Management (ESR)
Agriculture (RIS)
Agricultural Education (SEA)
Environmental Sciences (IRS)
Food Science & Nutrition (SEI)

COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCE

Ancient Mediterranean Studies (AIS)
Communication (ESR)
Economics (ISE)
English (ASE)
Interdisciplinary: Black Studies (SIE)
Interdisciplinary: Women’s and Gender Studies (SIE)
International Studies (IES)
International Studies: East Asian Studies (SEI)
International Studies: European Studies (SEI)
International Studies: International Business (ESR)
International Studies: Latin American Studies (SEI)
International Studies: South Asian Studies (SEI)
Philosophy (SAI)
Political Science (ESI)
Psychology (ISE)
Religious Studies (SAE)

COLLEGE OF BUSINESS

Business Administration (ERS)
Business Administration: Economics (IAS)
Business Administration: International Business (ESR)
Business Administration: Management (ERS)

COLLEGE OF EDUCATION

Early Childhood Education (SEC)
Educational Studies (SER)
Elementary Education (SEA)
Secondary Education (SEA)
Special Education (SEC)
Special Education: Cross Categorical Special Education (SEC)

COLLEGE OF HUMAN ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES

Architectural Studies, Interior Design (AES)
Human Development & Family Science (IRS)
Nutrition and Exercise Physiology (ISE)
Personal Financial Planning (ESR)
Textile & Apparel Management (ESA)

COLLEGE OF VETERINARY MEDICINE

Medicine Biomedical Sciences (IRS)
Veterinary Medicine and Surgery (IRS)
Veterinary Pathobiology (IRS)

SCHOOL OF HEALTH PROFESSIONS

Athletic Training (SRI)
Clinical & Diagnostic Sciences: Respiratory Therapy (SRI)
Communication Science & Disorders (SIE)
Health Science (SIC)

SCHOOL OF JOURNALISM

Journalism (EAS)
Journalism: Strategic Communication (SIE)

SCHOOL OF NATURAL RESOURCES

Natural Resources Science & Management: Forest Resources (IRS)
Parks, Recreation & Sport (ESR)

SCHOOL OF NURSING

Nursing (SIE)

SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK

Social Work (SEC)