Holland Theory introduces six kinds of personality types and six kinds of environments, both with the same titles-Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising and Conventional. While students can display bits and pieces of all types and even have the potential to be successful in all environments, students usually gravitate the most towards 1 - 3 areas (Holland Code) for both work settings & college majors.*
Please note, the below is just an overview of how this theory could be applied---personality, majors, and careers are complex. Any type can enjoy any major, they may just approach it differently than the typical person in that major.
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- Individuals who have athletic or mechanical ability, prefer to work with objects, machines, tools, plants, animanls, or the outdoors
- Practical, tradional & direct
- Examples of Realistic Majors: Criminal Justice, Environmental Sciences, Engineering , Industrial Technology, etc.
- Individuals who like to observe, learn, investigate, analyze, evaluate or solve problems
- Rational, precise & scientific
- Exampless of Investigative Majors: Anthropology, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Geology, Mathematics, Computer Science, Psychology, etc.
- Individuals who like to work with others who have artistic, innovating or intuitional abilities and like to work in unstructured environments using their imagination and creativity
- Original, expressive & independent
- Examples of Artistic Majors: Mass Communication, English, Music, Performing Arts, Modern Languages, Archiecture, Visual Arts, Graphic Design,Computer Art & Animation, Moving Image Arts, etc.
- Individuals who like to work with people to enlighten, inform, help, or train them, or are skilled with words
- Approachable, insightful & cooperative
- Examples of Social Majors: Speech Pathology, Education, Child & Family Studies, Sociology, Allied Health, Education, Counseling, etc.
- Individuals who like to work with people, influencing, persuading, performing, leading or managing for organizational goals or economic gain
- Ambitious, sociable & assertive
- Examples of Enterprising Majors: Marketing, Professional Sales, History, Political Science, Strategic Communications, etc.
- Individuals who like to work with data, have administrative or numberical ability, carry out tasks in detail or follow through on others' instructions
- Orderly, skilled at following a set plan & conscientious
- Examples of Conventional Majors: Accounting, Management, Finance, Economics, Informatics, etc.