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.
Realistic interests involve working with hands, tools, materials and the outdoors.
Investigative interests involve scientific and research activities.
Artistic interests involve self-expression and creativity associated with the performing, written and visual arts.
Enterprising interests involve selling, managing, and social influence typically in a business context.
Conventional interests involve systematically arranging objects or information.