John Holland refined the RIASEC themes to help identify effective worker-fit. The RIASEC helps describes both the "worker" and the "work". For individuals, the RIASEC can describe personal interests and preferences. For jobs and tasks, the RIASEC can describe the style of work that is needed. Thus, the RIASEC helps at all levels of career management. These themes provide a vocabulary for how a person sees themselves now, how they are growing their skills, what options are available, and where they want to end up. The RIASEC provides the language for discussions and dialogue about ever-shifting job opportunities and career decisions.
Work with machines, tools, plants, animals, or the environment
Observe, learn, investigate, analyze, evaluate, and use math and science to solve problems
Work in unstructured environments using imagination, art, and creative self-expression
Work with others to listen, understand, empathize, inform, help teach, or heal.
Influence, persuade, sell, compete, or lead people and projects to achieve organizational goals.
Work with data and systems, accurate, organized, and follows instructions.