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How to use this feature: You can edit your location and household information on the left. Enter cost information in the boxes or use the sliders to select a desired option.There are 12 categories and a summary is listed on the left. You can edit your answers before completing the assessment.

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Reality Check

Make budget choices and get a summary of state or county costs in 12 major expense categories. Link to occupations that pay salaries that match your life choices.

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Make budget choices and get a summary of state or county costs in 12 major expense categories. Link to occupations that pay salaries that match your life choices.

About Reality Check

Reality Check from the North Carolina Department of Commerce is a fun, new online tool designed to estimate the income necessary to support your desired lifestyle. State where you’d like to live in North Carolina and how you spend your money. From there, you’ll be directed to jobs that meet your financial needs.

This customized cost estimate includes expenses like:

 

 

Housing

Housing

  • Own or rent?
  • Cable?
  • Cell phone?
  • Utilities?
Transportation

Transportation

  • Type of vehicle?
  • Car payment?
  • Walk, bike, bus?
Lifestyle

Lifestyle

  • Expensive tastes?
  • Thrifty shopper?
  • Shows, events?
  • Travel?
Other

Other

  • Healthcare?
  • Student loans?
  • Pets?
  • Savings?

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Housing
What kind of place will you live in? Click on the statement below that best describes you or, if you know how much your housing will cost each month, enter that amount in the Monthly Cost box below.
Own my own home
(house, townhouse, condo)
housing

Own affordable home

Rent
(apartment, townhome, house)
housing

Rent affordable home

Live with parents or friends
housing

Live with parents or friends

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Utilities
What home services will you need? Click on the statement below that best describes you or, if you know how much your utilities will cost each month, enter that amount in the Monthly Cost box below.
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Transportation
How will you get around? Click on the statement below that best describes you or, if you know how much your transportation will cost each month, enter that amount in the Monthly Cost box below.
Buy a new or used car with a car loan
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Low cost car with payment

Use a car that's already paid for
transportation

Use a car that's already paid for

Walk, bike, public transportation
transportation

Walk, bike, public transportation

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Food
How expensive are your tastes? Click on the statement below that best describes you or, if you know how much your food will cost each month, enter that amount in the Monthly Cost box below.
Food

I eat cheaply

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Clothes
How much do you value what you wear? Click on the statement below that best describes you or, if you know how much your clothes will cost each month, enter that amount in the Monthly Cost box below.
clothes

I have average tastes and expenses

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Entertainment
How much do you want to have to spend on gadgets and entertainment? Click on the statement below that best describes you or, if you know how much your gadgets and entertainment will cost each month, enter that amount in the Monthly Cost box below.

 

entertainment

I am not interested in saving now.

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Personal
How much do you want to have to spend on personal items and household goods? Click on the statement below that best describes you or, if you know how much your personal items will cost each month, enter that amount in the Monthly Cost box below.
personal

I'm thrifty

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Healthcare
How much will you have to pay for health and medical expenses? Click on the statement below that best describes you or, if you know how much your health care will cost each month, enter that amount in the Monthly Cost box below.
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Education
Do you expect to have student loans to repay? Click on the statement below that best describes you or, if you know how much your student loans will cost each month, enter that amount in the Monthly Cost box below.
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Miscellaneous
Do you plan to have pets or children? Select and if your amount is different from the amount shown, enter it in the Monthly Cost box below
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Savings
What percent of your paycheck do you plan on saving each month for big purchases, emergencies, and retirement? Click on the statement below that best describes you or, if you know how much your savings will be each month, enter that amount in the Monthly Cost box below.
saving

I have average tastes and expenses.

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Taxes
Enjoy traveling on interstates and state highways? Appreciate police officers or EMTs showing up when you have an emergency? What about those water and sewer pipes? Most of us groan about taxes, but they do pay for essential resources and services in our communities. This item estimates your income-based tax payments and shows why your take-home pay looks different from your gross income.

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John Holland suggested that viewing the Interest Areas on a hexagon can help people understand how their interests overlap or how they may be distinctly different. You must answer all questions to receive a result.

What kind of person are you? Are you Artistic? Social? Realistic?
Answer this quiz to identify your personality type. Either quiz will give you the same results.

Holland Codes

John Holland suggested that viewing the Interest Areas on a hexagon can help people understand how their interests overlap or how they may be distinctly different. Interests that are most similar are beside each other on the hexagon (e.g., Social, Enterprising, and Conventional). On the other hand, interests across the hexagon from each other (e.g., Conventional and Artistic) are least likely to have similarities. Sometimes people’s combined interests are opposite from or not adjacent to each other. In this case, people sometimes choose to focus on the most different interest as a hobby or to find a unique work setting that merges their interests.

Holland Hexagon

 

Career Interest Types

The Interest Finder measures interests in each of the six Holland RIASEC types.* This section provides definitions for each of the six types. Each definition includes examples of activities that individuals with that interest type like to perform, as well as examples of famous people whose field of work matches the interest type.

 Realistic — The "Doers"

People with Realistic interests like work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They enjoy dealing with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. They often enjoy outside work. Often people with Realistic interests do not like occupations that mainly involve doing paperwork or working closely with others. Famous realists: TV carpenter Norm Abram, snowboarder Chloe Kim, and celebrity mechanic Jesse James.

 Investigative — The "Thinkers"

People with Investigative interests like work activities that have to do with ideas and thinking more than with physical activity. They prefer to search for facts and figure out problems mentally rather than to persuade or lead people. Prominent investigators: astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, primatologist Jane Goodall, mathematician/computer scientist Grace Murray Hopper, and theoretical physicist Steven Hawking.

 Artistic — The "Creators"

People with Artistic interests like work activities that deal with the artistic side of things, such as forms, designs, and patterns. They like self-expression in their work. They prefer settings where work can be done without following a clear set of rules. Well-known artists: painter/sculptor Leonardo da Vinci, actress Halle Berry, writer J.K. Rowling, and singers Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett.

 Social — The "Helpers"

People with Social interests like work activities that assist others and promote learning and personal development. They prefer to communicate more than to work with objects, machines, or data. They like to teach, give advice, help, or otherwise be of service to people. Famous helpers: educator Booker T. Washington, mental health care reformer Dorothea Dix, TV psychologist Phil McGraw, and civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

 Enterprising — The "Persuaders"

People with Enterprising interests like work activities that have to do with starting up and carrying out projects, especially business ventures. They like persuading and leading people and making decisions. They enjoy taking risks for profit. These people prefer action rather than thought. Prominent persuaders: TV mogul Oprah Winfrey, business magnate Jeff Bezos, and entrepreneur Elon Musk.

 Conventional — The "Organizers"

People with Conventional interests follow procedures and maintain accurate written and numerical business records. They prefer working in structured settings where roles and tasks are clearly defined. Well-known organizers: businessman J.C. Penney, Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, and professional organizer Alejandra Costello.

* The O*NET Interest Finder is compatible with Holland's (1985a) Theory of Vocational Personality, one of the most widely accepted approaches to vocational choice. Information for Interest Areas is extracted from the O*NET Career Exploration Tools owned by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment Training Administration (DOL/ETA). All O*NET Assessment/Counseling Tools are copyrighted. O*NET is a trademark of DOL/ETA.

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Holland Codes

John Holland suggested that viewing the Interest Areas on a hexagon can help people understand how their interests overlap or how they may be distinctly different. Interests that are most similar are beside each other on the hexagon (e.g., Social, Enterprising, and Conventional). On the other hand, interests across the hexagon from each other (e.g., Conventional and Artistic) are least likely to have similarities. Sometimes people’s combined interests are opposite from or not adjacent to each other. In this case, people sometimes choose to focus on the most different interest as a hobby or to find a unique work setting that merges their interests.

Holland Hexagon

 

Career Interest Types

The Interest Finder measures interests in each of the six Holland RIASEC types.* This section provides definitions for each of the six types. Each definition includes examples of activities that individuals with that interest type like to perform, as well as examples of famous people whose field of work matches the interest type.

 Realistic — The "Doers"

People with Realistic interests like work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They enjoy dealing with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. They often enjoy outside work. Often people with Realistic interests do not like occupations that mainly involve doing paperwork or working closely with others. Famous realists: TV carpenter Norm Abram, snowboarder Chloe Kim, and celebrity mechanic Jesse James.

 Investigative — The "Thinkers"

People with Investigative interests like work activities that have to do with ideas and thinking more than with physical activity. They prefer to search for facts and figure out problems mentally rather than to persuade or lead people. Prominent investigators: astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, primatologist Jane Goodall, mathematician/computer scientist Grace Murray Hopper, and theoretical physicist Steven Hawking.

 Artistic — The "Creators"

People with Artistic interests like work activities that deal with the artistic side of things, such as forms, designs, and patterns. They like self-expression in their work. They prefer settings where work can be done without following a clear set of rules. Well-known artists: painter/sculptor Leonardo da Vinci, actress Halle Berry, writer J.K. Rowling, and singers Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett.

 Social — The "Helpers"

People with Social interests like work activities that assist others and promote learning and personal development. They prefer to communicate more than to work with objects, machines, or data. They like to teach, give advice, help, or otherwise be of service to people. Famous helpers: educator Booker T. Washington, mental health care reformer Dorothea Dix, TV psychologist Phil McGraw, and civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

 Enterprising — The "Persuaders"

People with Enterprising interests like work activities that have to do with starting up and carrying out projects, especially business ventures. They like persuading and leading people and making decisions. They enjoy taking risks for profit. These people prefer action rather than thought. Prominent persuaders: TV mogul Oprah Winfrey, business magnate Jeff Bezos, and entrepreneur Elon Musk.

 Conventional — The "Organizers"

People with Conventional interests follow procedures and maintain accurate written and numerical business records. They prefer working in structured settings where roles and tasks are clearly defined. Well-known organizers: businessman J.C. Penney, Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, and professional organizer Alejandra Costello.

* The O*NET Interest Finder is compatible with Holland's (1985a) Theory of Vocational Personality, one of the most widely accepted approaches to vocational choice. Information for Interest Areas is extracted from the O*NET Career Exploration Tools owned by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment Training Administration (DOL/ETA). All O*NET Assessment/Counseling Tools are copyrighted. O*NET is a trademark of DOL/ETA.

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John Holland suggested that viewing the Interest Areas on a hexagon can help people understand how their interests overlap or how they may be distinctly different. You must answer all questions to receive a result.

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Career Interest Types

The Interest Profiler measures interests in each of the six Holland RIASEC types.* This section provides definitions for each of the six types. Each definition includes examples of activities that individuals with that interest type like to perform, as well as examples of famous people whose field of work matches the interest type.

Realistic — The "Doers"

People with Realistic interests like work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They enjoy dealing with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. They often enjoy outside work. Often people with Realistic interests do not like occupations that mainly involve doing paperwork or working closely with others. Famous realists: TV carpenter Norm Abram, snowboarder Chloe Kim, and celebrity mechanic Jesse James.

Investigative — The "Thinkers"

People with Investigative interests like work activities that have to do with ideas and thinking more than with physical activity. They prefer to search for facts and figure out problems mentally rather than to persuade or lead people. Prominent investigators: astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, primatologist Jane Goodall, mathematician/computer scientist Grace Murray Hopper, and theoretical physicist Steven Hawking.

Artistic — The "Creators"

People with Artistic interests like work activities that deal with the artistic side of things, such as forms, designs, and patterns. They like self-expression in their work. They prefer settings where work can be done without following a clear set of rules. Well-known artists: painter/sculptor Leonardo da Vinci, actress Halle Berry, writer J.K. Rowling, and singers Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett.

Social — The "Helpers"

People with Social interests like work activities that assist others and promote learning and personal development. They prefer to communicate more than to work with objects, machines, or data. They like to teach, give advice, help, or otherwise be of service to people. Famous helpers: educator Booker T. Washington, mental health care reformer Dorothea Dix, TV psychologist Phil McGraw, and civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

Enterprising — The "Persuaders"

People with Enterprising interests like work activities that have to do with starting up and carrying out projects, especially business ventures. They like persuading and leading people and making decisions. They enjoy taking risks for profit. These people prefer action rather than thought. Prominent persuaders: TV mogul Oprah Winfrey, business magnate Jeff Bezos, and entrepreneur Elon Musk.

Conventional — The "Organizers"

People with Conventional interests follow procedures and maintain accurate written and numerical business records. They prefer working in structured settings where roles and tasks are clearly defined. Well-known organizers: businessman J.C. Penney, Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, and professional organizer Alejandra Costello.

* The O*NET Interest Profiler is compatible with Holland's (1985a) Theory of Vocational Personality, one of the most widely accepted approaches to vocational choice. Information for Interest Areas is extracted from the O*NET Career Exploration Tools owned by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment Training Administration (DOL/ETA). All O*NET Assessment/Counseling Tools are copyrighted. O*NET is a trademark of DOL/ETA.


Holland Codes

John Holland suggested that viewing the Interest Areas on a hexagon can help people understand how their interests overlap or how they may be distinctly different. Interests that are most similar are beside each other on the hexagon (e.g., Social, Enterprising, and Conventional). On the other hand, interests across the hexagon from each other (e.g., Conventional and Artistic) are least likely to have similarities. Sometimes people’s combined interests are opposite from or not adjacent to each other. In this case, people sometimes choose to focus on the most different interest as a hobby or to find a unique work setting that merges their interests.

Holland Code hexagon diagram

Other ways to explore your own characteristics:

Interests are only one part of who you are, so check out the following sites to find other ways to explore your own characteristics and identify other qualities that connect with careers that you may choose.

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Reality Check is an online tool designed to estimate the income necessary to support your desired lifestyle. State where you’d like to live in North Carolina and how you spend your money. From there, you’ll be directed to jobs that meet your financial needs.

 
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Career Cluster Match

Uncover which Career Clusters match your combination of work, skill, and academic interests.

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Uncover which Career Clusters match your combination of work, skill, and academic interests.

About Career Cluster Match

The National Career Clusters Framework identifies 16 career clusters and related career pathways that are designed to grow career awareness and exploration. Career Clusters are groups of occupations in the same field of work that require similar skills. Each cluster contains several smaller groups called career Pathways that connect to educational programs, industries, and jobs. While a Career Cluster paints a broad picture of a group of occupations, a Pathway helps you focus on and develop a clear, more informed, educational plan over time.

The Career Cluster Match was adapted and produced with permission from the Career Academic Connections Division of the Oklahoma Department of Career Tech. This survey does not make any claims of statistical reliability and has not been normed. It is intended for use as a guidance tool to generate discussion regarding careers and is valid for that purpose.

 

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Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources

Architecture Construction

Architecture & Construction

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Arts, A/V Technology & Communications

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Business Management & Administration

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Education & Training

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Finance

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Government & Public Administration

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Health Science

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Hospitality & Tourism

Human Services

Human Services

Information Technology

Information Technology

Law, Public Safety, Corrections

Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security

Manufacturing

Manufacturing

Marketing

Marketing

Science, Technology, Engineering

Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics

Transportation, Distribution

Transportation, Distribution & Logistics

About Career Cluster Match

The National Career Clusters Framework identifies 16 career clusters and related career pathways that are designed to grow career awareness and exploration. Career Clusters are groups of occupations in the same field of work that require similar skills. Each cluster contains several smaller groups called career Pathways that connect to educational programs, industries, and jobs. While a Career Cluster paints a broad picture of a group of occupations, a Pathway helps you focus on and develop a clear, more informed, educational plan over time.

The Career Cluster Survey was adapted and produced with permission from the Career Academic Connections Division of the Oklahoma Department of Career Tech. This survey does not make any claims of statistical reliability and has not been normed. It is intended for use as a guidance tool to generate discussion regarding careers and is valid for that purpose.

 

Image Of Agriculture, Food Natural Resources

Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources

Architecture Construction

Architecture & Construction

Image Of Arts, A/V Technology Communications

Arts, A/V Technology & Communications

Image Of Business Management Administration

Business Management & Administration

Image Of Education Training

Education & Training

Image Of Finance

Finance

Image Of Government Public Administration

Government & Public Administration

Image Of Health Science

Health Science

Image Of Hospitality Tourism

Hospitality & Tourism

Human Services

Human Services

Information Technology

Information Technology

Law, Public Safety, Corrections

Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security

Manufacturing

Manufacturing

Marketing

Marketing

Science, Technology, Engineering

Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics

Transportation, Distribution

Transportation, Distribution & Logistics