What Tests Help You Find a Career Based on Your Interests?

by Steve Lander

If you don't know how to line your passions up with a job, taking a career aptitude test can help you to clarify your planning and thinking. These tests measure your skills and interests and use their own modeling systems to come up with fields that could be good matches for you. Given that these tests frequently have a broad database of careers to choose from, an assessment could open your eyes to a position that you would wouldn't have otherwise imagined.


The Defense Department uses the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery test as a part of bringing new people into the military and determining what they should do. The ASVAB is also given in high schools and other organizations as a career aptitude test, since it surveys a broad range of skills. In a skills-assessment setting, it is designed to help recommend areas that might be of interest for you as opposed to pigeon-holing you in a particular career.

Strong and MAPP Tests

Offered in over 70 percent of universities and colleges in the United States, the Strong Interest Inventory reviews both your interests and personality style. It compares your results to profiles of people already in the workforce to see which careers have been successful for people like you in the past. Typically, the test provides a list of the top 10 best occupations for you. Available in both free and paid versions, the Motivational Appraisal of Personal Potential has been available since the mid 1990s and is currently available online. It consists of 71 questions and can be used to match yourself to a particular career. It has also been correlated to the Strong Interest Inventory test.

Free Online Tests

You can also take a variety of free career tests online. The quality of these tests can vary, with some being helpful and some being less so. One way to find better quality tests is to focus on those offered by legitimate career sites. In addition, the Princeton Review offers a five-minute career test. Some collegiate career centers, such as the University of Missouri's, also provide online career tests.

Personality Profiling

Many career tests have elements of personality profiling embedded in them. Personality profiling tests attempt to gauge how you behave, think and communicate. Those traits can be helpful in determining what careers would be good fits for you. For instance, while an introvert might not be comfortable as a salesperson, but a job as a computer programmer could be a good match. Taking a personality profile test like the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Keirsey Temperament Sorter and DISC test can be another way to find the right career.

About the Author

Steve Lander has been a writer since 1996, with experience in the fields of financial services, real estate and technology. His work has appeared in trade publications such as the "Minnesota Real Estate Journal" and "Minnesota Multi-Housing Association Advocate." Lander holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Columbia University.

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