What is the CareerExplorer Career Test?

CareerExplorer has developed the most comprehensive career test ever built.

The CareerExplorer career test is a comprehensive interest, personality, and preference assessment that measures you against over 140 traits and uses that data to accurately find your top matches with our 800+ career encyclopedia.

Other career finder quiz sites ask you obvious questions to match you against generic careers like teacher, nurse, and fireman. Our career test actually builds a psychometric model of who you are and matches you against career data we collect from multiple sources.

4 Dimensions of Fit

What does it mean to "fit" with a career? We measure it four different ways.


Will I find this career interesting?

Research shows that people's interests in a career are the number one predictor of satisfaction.

History & Goals

Will my life position help me get a job in this career?

Where you live, your experience, and your salary expectations are all important when looking at not just careers but jobs.


Will the typical workplace of this career make me happy?

Whether you're in office or outside, with supervisors or independent, are a large determinant of at-work happiness.


Will I be good at this career?

Personality fit with a career is the best predictor of on-job performance. Jobs with high personality fit are not always obvious and might surprise you.

How the Career Test Works

Our assessment measures who you are and matches you against several aspects of what make a perfect career.

To determine your match, the CareerExplorer career test compares the discrete elements of what makes you unique, and what makes a career unique

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does CareerExplorer cost?

We want to help everyone learn more about themselves and make more informed career decisions, so we've made the CareerExplorer assessment free. You'll get your top career matches, insights, and report previews for free. We also offer a premium consumer product that gives you your match with all 800+ of our careers, as well as the full version of our insightful reports and help you learn about your strengths and weaknesses. For institutions, we offer an education product to help school career services departments connect with their students.

How long is the CareerExplorer career test?

The full assessment takes about 20 minutes to complete, excluding the optional personality assessment. However, our assessment is comprised of four basic components and each component will unlock an additional dimension of fit.

How is CareerExplorer different from other career placement tests, career aptitude tests, etc.?

Most career tests use something called Holland Codes to measure your interests and match you to a small set of generic careers like Nurse, Firefighter, or teacher. The problem with that approach is that interests are only one measure of compatibility. You might be interested in being an Investment Banker, but what if you don't like long hours or sitting down a lot? You might like being a teacher, but what if you care about opportunities for career advancement?

CareerExplorer gathers information about who you are in many aspects, including your interests, personality, work history, salary expectations, work style preferences, and much more. We gather more than 140 unique traits about who you are, and use this information to give you the best possible recommendations.

How good are you at predicting what career is right for me?

The short answer is very. We have more data and tools to optimize our career predictions than any other career test on the planet. We validate our career predictions using two methods. First we cross-reference our interest predictions with users' propensity to "like" a career on our website to ensure that our interest scales do indeed predict interest. Second, we validate our overall predictions with users' actual review of their career history in order to optimize the predictive ability of our overall match score.

Who developed the CareerExplorer career test?

Our items were developed by a team of I/O psychologists with experience writing and administering personality and cognitive ability assessments. Career data comes from numerous sources, including the U.S. Department of Labour's O*Net database, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.K. Government, CareerExplorer user data, and CareerExplorer's proprietary content team. The test platform was developed by CareerExplorer engineers.

Is this career test for adults? Is this career test for teens and high school students?

Both. People change careers at many different stages of life, and nothing about our assessment is age specific.

Does your test discriminate?

We don't use race, gender, or age in generating matches and work hard to make sure our test doesn't discriminate against race, gender, or age where relevant.

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