Holland Code
Career Models

The Holland Code interest areas match interests to careers and college majors.

Are you interested in discovering a system that will help you identify your interests, abilities, and skills. Touch the interactive image to learn about Holland (RIASEC) Codes.

Holland Code or
work interest areas

The Holland (RIASEC) Code/ Work Interest Areas are:

  • Realistic
  • Investigative
  • Artistic
  • Social
  • Enterprising
  • Conventional
fireman - realistic personality


Realistic is one of the RIASEC Codes. Realistic types prefer to deal with Things.

  • A person with a Realistic Personality tends to be frank, practical, focused, mechanical, determined, or rugged.
  • Examples of Realistic Abilities include manipulating tools, doing mechanical or manual tasks, or doing athletic activities.


surgeon - investigative personality


Investigative is one of the RIASEC Codes. Investigative types prefer to deal with Things and Ideas.

  • A person with a Investigative Personality tends to be analytical, intellectual, reserved, independent, and scholarly.
  • Examples of Investigative Abilities include working with abstract ideas and intellectual problems.


Artist - artistic personality


Artistic is one of the RIASEC Career Types. Artistic types prefer to deal with Ideas and People.

  • A person with a Artistic Personality tends to be Complicated, Original, Impulsive, Independent, Expressive, and Creative.
  • Examples of Artistic Abilities include using imagination and feelings in creative expression .


broadcaster - social personality


Social is one of the RIASEC Codes. Social types prefer to deal with People.

  • A person with a Social Personality tends to be Helping, Informing, Teaching, Inspiring, Counseling, and Serving.
  • Examples of Social Abilities include interacting with people and concerned with the welfare of people.


hair stylist - enterprising personality


Enterprising is one of the RIASEC Codes. Enterprising types prefer to deal with Data and People.

  • A person with an Enterprising Personality tends to be Characteristics: Persuasive, Energetic, Sociable, Adventurous, Ambitious, and Risk-taking.
  • Examples of Enterprising Abilities include leading, managing, and organizing.


receptionist - conventional personality


Conventional is one of the RIASEC Codes. Conventional types prefer to deal with Data and Things.

  • A person with a Conventional Personality tends to be Careful, Conforming, Conservative, Conscientious, Self-controlled, and Structured.
  • Examples of Conventional Abilities include ordering activities paying attention to details.

OTHER Career Tests

Here are other career tests.

Explore Careers and College Majors
Format: On-Line
Reading Level: Youth/ Adult
Subject Area: RIASEC Codes, Interests,Abilities/Skills, Values
Databases: Occupations and Colleges/ Universities

Self Directed Search (Form R, Form E, Form Career Explorer)
Format:  Printed/On-Line
Reading Level: Youth/ Adult/ Children
Subject Area: RIASEC Codes, Interests, Occupations

Strong Interest Inventory®
Format: On-Line
Reading Level: Youth/ Adult
Subject Area: RIASEC Codes, Interests, Occupations


About Holland Codes

Dr. John L. Holland (1985) created Holland Code Career Model, Holland Hexagon Model or Holland (RIASEC) Codes.

Hollandcodes.com has developed the Holland & Color Codes Wheel. This model is used with a variety of career assessments. RIASEC Codes assessments are career assessment tests. Different assessments provide career cluster information, college major information, lists of careers, and job finder resources. There are print and internet resources.