Portland, OR (PRWEB) November 21, 2011
Career guidance leader Career Key, http://www.careerkey.org, has updated the career options of its career test, adding new ones that reflect changes in the economy and world of work. The Career Key assessment helps youth and adults identify careers that match their interests and personality based on the respected Holland’s Theory of Career Choice.
“For future job satisfaction and success, it’s important to choose a career that matches one’s interests and Holland personality using a scientifically valid career test,” says Dr. Lawrence K. Jones, NCC, Career Key author, Professor Emeritus at North Carolina State University. “This semi-annual update continues our efforts to stay abreast of changes in occupations and ensure that test takers identify occupations that have a real future. We have removed occupations on the decline, like Switchboard Operator, for instance, and added promising ones like Network Architect.”
Occupations were added for all six Holland personality types, like Railroad Yardmaster (Realistic), Network Engineer (Investigative), Medical and Scientific Illustrator (Artistic), Nurse Informaticist (Social), Medical and Health Services Manager (Enterprising), and Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerk (Conventional).
The Career Key test measures the six Holland personality types; Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising, and Conventional (RIASEC). Test takers use the results to identify and explore over 250 occupations, organized by Holland personality type. Then they save those that interest them in a “personal job list”.
The information about each of the occupations comes from the respected Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH). Published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, it describes in detail the nature of the work, working conditions, the training and education needed, earnings, and expected job prospects. In other words, test takers are linked to the best source of information about jobs and their future.
In addition, the Career Key website has numerous career advice articles based on the best science and practices of the field, such as, Getting Started Choosing a Career, Career Change, Identify Your Skills, Military to a Civilian Career, Choosing a College Major or Training Program, and How Parents Can Help.
The Career Key test is one of the few scientifically valid measures of the Holland personality types, with peer-reviewed published studies about its validity and reliability. There are online and self-scoring, paper-pencil versions of the test, with popular group discounts for counselors and educators. Dr. Jones has worked closely with professionals in several countries adapting Career Key for their use, including Canada, the Caribbean, China, Vietnam, Korea, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Turkey, and Romania.
About The Career Key
Since 1997, Career Key has been the #1 Internet source for helping people choose careers and college majors. Advertising and registration-free, it offers a valid career test, information, and advice articles based on the best practices and science in the field.
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