Take the O-NET Interest Profiler

How to Take the ONET Career Test

To take the ONET Profiler test, you indicate how much you would enjoy work tasks by choosing:

  • Strongly Dislike
  • Dislike
  • Unsure
  • Like
  • Strongly Like


It takes 20-30 minutes to complete. Based on your answers, you are given an “interest profile” that consists of the six categories below. The leading categories represent what you want most from a job.

This test is part of the O*NET Program, the nation’s primary source of occupational information from the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.

Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.

Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.

Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.

Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.

Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.

Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.