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Holland Code Reference

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Overview

John Holland's vocational/career choice theory proposes that people who choose to work in environments that are similar to their own personality type are more likely to experience success and satisfaction. Holland proposes six personality types matched with six work environments: Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising, and Conventional (summarized as RIASEC).

By using the Virginia Career Explorer's Quick Assessment and Interest Profiler, you will be able to determine your "Holland Code" that utilizes the first letter from the three areas that you most closely identify with. Here are descriptions of the six work environments that will be matched to your personality.