O*NET® Interest Profiler™

The O*NET Interest Profiler (IP) is a family of self-assessment career exploration tools that can help clients discover the type of work activities and occupations that they would like and find exciting. Clients identify and learn about broad interest areas most relevant to themselves. They can use their interest results to explore the world of work.

The O*NET Interest Profiler measures six types of occupational interests:

  • Realistic
  • Investigative
  • Artistic
  • Social
  • Enterprising
  • Conventional

Formats

Features O*NET IP Short Form
60 questions
O*NET Mini-IP
30 questions
Web-based version
Yes
English, Spanish
No
Paper-and-pencil version
Yes
English
No
Designed for mobile applications
No
Yes
Develop customized versions
Yes
Yes

Features

  • Compatible with Holland's R-I-A-S-E-C Interest Structure (Holland, 1985)
    • rich and extensive research history
    • widely accepted and used by counselors
    • easy to use and well received by clients
  • Interest items represent a broad variety of occupations and complexity levels
  • Extensive and thorough development effort
    • client input during all stages
    • construct validity and reliability evidence
  • Can be self-administered and self-interpreted
  • Can be used on a stand-alone basis or with other O*NET Career Exploration Tools or with privately developed instruments
  • Results can be directly linked to over 950 occupations in O*NET OnLine, My Next Move, My Next Move for Veterans, and Mi Pr贸ximo Paso
  • Completion time approximately 10-30 minutes, depending on format
The O*NET Interest Profiler may be redistributed or used to develop other assessments under a choice of licenses. See the Career Exploration Tools License page for more information.

For information on previously available formats of the O*NET Interest Profiler, see: Reports and Documents — Career Exploration Tools — Interests.

A web-based version of the O*NET Interest Profiler Short Form, a vocational interest assessment, is available to customers free-of-charge via My Next Move. Users receive an accurate, reliable profile of their vocational interests that:

  1. helps them identify their work-related interests,
  2. focuses career search activities, and
  3. enables them to link their vocational interests to O*NET-SOC occupations.

Take the Web-based
Interest Profiler now

For more information about the Interest Profiler Short Form, see the reports:

A paper-and-pencil version of the O*NET Interest Profiler Short Form, a vocational interest assessment, is available free of charge. Download the instrument and related materials as accessible PDF files.

Help us better serve our customers: please register your use of the Interest Profiler.
The O*NET Interest Profiler may be redistributed or used to develop other assessments under a choice of licenses. See the Career Exploration Tools License page for more information.
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For more information about the Interest Profiler Short Form, see the reports:

A Spanish language version of the O*NET Interest Profiler Short Form, a vocational interest assessment, is available to customers free-of-charge via Mi Pr贸ximo Paso. Users receive an accurate, reliable profile of their vocational interests that:

  1. helps them identify their work-related interests,
  2. focuses career search activities, and
  3. enables them to link their vocational interests to O*NET-SOC occupations.

Take the Spanish language
Interest Profiler now

For more information about the Interest Profiler Short Form, see the reports:

A mobile-friendly version of a vocational interest assessment, the O*NET Mini Interest Profiler (Mini-IP) is available free-of-charge to developers working on a mobile application or within other time-constrained settings. This version contains 30 questions, each describing a work activity. The Interest Profiler Short Form (60 questions) is recommended when possible.

Developers can access the questions and scoring algorithm of the Mini-IP through O*NET Web Services. If you wish to develop new assessments based on the Mini-IP, see the Career Exploration Tools License page.

Note: The National Center for O*NET Development does not offer the Mini-IP directly to career explorers at this time.

Interest Profiler emoji scale
To complement mobile-friendly applications, the Center has also developed a set of emoji-style images for use with the Mini-IP's five-point scale. Developers can download these emoji graphics for illustrations or buttons in an implementation of the Interest Profiler.

For more information about the Mini-IP and the emoji scale, see the reports:

Developer Summary

Integration Options O*NET IP Short Form
60 questions
O*NET Mini-IP
30 questions
Embeddable widget
Yes
English, Spanish
No
Link to free web version
Yes
English, Spanish
No
Web service API
Yes
English, Spanish
Yes
English, Spanish
Developer licensing and documentation
Yes
Yes

Share or Adapt O*NET Career Exploration Tools

The O*NET Career Exploration Tools may be redistributed or used to develop other assessments under a choice of licenses. See the Career Exploration Tools License page for more information.

Interest Profiler on the Web

As a web-based tool, the Interest Profiler Short Form may be of particular interest to developers of websites or web-enabled applications. We offer three ways of integrating the Interest Profiler Short Form:

  • "deep linking" to the Interest Profiler at My Next Move
  • adding an IFrame Widget to your site
  • providing scores and career suggestions through our web service API

To learn more about any of these options, visit O*NET Web Services.

Developing a Spanish Language Version

The Spanish-language Interest Profiler from Mi Pr贸ximo Paso can also be added to your site. An IFrame widget and full web services API is available at O*NET Web Services, allowing the tool to be leveraged in English or Spanish for your audience.

Developing a Mobile-Friendly Version

Learn about the mobile-friendly O*NET Mini Interest Profiler within the Mobile section.