The RIASEC framework uses six themes to describe people’s interests and match them with careers.
 

When a person’s work environment fits their interest themes, they are more likely to do well, be happy at work and make more money.  

The six RIASEC themes are arranged in a hexagon—the letters next to each other have more in common than the ones farther away. They are also sometimes called “Holland Codes.” Most people claim a combination of 2 or 3 themes. 

Riasec Hexagon (5)

Discover your themes


Realistic
Realistic

“Doers” 

Realistic interests involve working with hands, tools, materials and the outdoors. 

I am… 

  • practical 
  • mechanical 
  • active 

 

 

I like to… 

  • build and repair things 
  • grow plants 
  • be physically active 
  • be in the outdoors 
  • work with animals 
  • operate tools and machines

I am… 

  • practical 
  • mechanical 
  • active

I like to… 

  • build and repair things 
  • grow plants 
  • be physically active 
  • be in the outdoors 
  • work with animals 
  • operate tools and machines

Investigative
Investigative

“Thinkers” 

Investigative interests involve scientific and research activities.  

I am… 

  • curious
  • rational
  • analytical 

 

 

I like to… 

  • conduct experiments 
  • figure out puzzles
  • understand why things happen 
  • research to find answers 
  • solve problems using math or science 
  • think deeply

I am… 

  • curious 
  • rational 
  • analytical 

I like to… 

  • conduct experiments 
  • figure out puzzles 
  • understand why things happen 
  • research to find answers 
  • solve problems using math or science 
  • think deeply 

Artistic
Artistic

“Creators” 

Artistic interests involve self-expression and creativity associated with the performing, written and visual arts.  

I am… 

  • imaginative  
  • expressive 
  • creative 

 

 

I like to… 

  • sketch, draw, paint 
  • play a musical instrument 
  • write stories, poetry, music 
  • sing, act, dance 
  • design fashion or interiors 
  • attend concerts or plays 

I am… 

  • imaginative
  • expressive
  • creative

I like to… 

  • sketch, draw, paint  
  • play a musical instrument 
  • write stories, poetry, music  
  • sing, act, dance  
  • design fashion or interiors
  • attend concerts or plays

Social
Social

“Helpers” 

Social interests are activities that involve helping and nurturing.  

I am… 

  • helpful 
  • understanding 
  • patient 

 

 

I like to… 

  • help people with problems 
  • lead discussions 
  • do volunteer work 
  • teach or train 
  • take care of others 
  • advocate for social justice 

I am… 

  • helpful 
  • understanding
  • patient

I like to… 

  • help people with problems 
  • lead discussions 
  • do volunteer work 
  • teach or train 
  • take care of others 
  • advocate for social justice 

Enterprising
Enterprising

“Persuaders” 

Enterprising interests involve selling, managing, and social influence typically in a business context.  

I am… 

  • ambitious 
  • talkative 
  • assertive

 

 

I like to… 

  • debate ideas 
  • lead groups 
  • persuade people 
  • make decisions 
  • initiate projects or start businesses 
  • sell things 

I am… 

  • ambitious 
  • talkative 
  • assertive

I like to… 

  • debate ideas 
  • lead groups 
  • persuade people 
  • make decisions 
  • initiate projects or start businesses 
  • sell things 

Conventional
Conventional

“Organizers” 

Conventional interests involve systematically arranging objects or information. 

I am… 

  • orderly 
  • methodical 
  • efficient 

 

 

I like to… 

  • find patterns in data 
  • organize collections 
  • keep accurate records 
  • follow a set plan 
  • create structures and systems 
  • be responsible for details 

I am… 

  • orderly 
  • methodical 
  • efficient 

I like to… 

  • find patterns in data 
  • organize collections 
  • keep accurate records 
  • follow a set plan 
  • create structures and systems 
  • be responsible for details