Like to Help Others and Have an Analytical, Problem Solving Mind? Here Are Some Careers To Consider:

If you are like me, most of your life you have had very limited knowledge of career options outside of the ones you hear all the time: doctor, lawyer, teacher, artist, and so on! This made it especially difficult for me to decide a major let alone a career while I was in college. One of the best tools that expanded my knowledge of careers was learning about the RIASEC Code! The holland theory is a way to generally categorize people and work environments into six different groups, each with specific themes. Although there are 6 letters, we are going to focus on the S and the I of the code.

S stands for Social! Those who identify with this theme tend to be caring, cooperative, friendly, understanding and enjoy helping, teaching, coaching, and serving others. The I stands for Investigative! Those who resonate with this theme tend to be scientific, scholarly, curious, logical, independent and analytical. They really enjoy analyzing information, working with ideas and concepts, and solving problems. So let’s say you find yourself resonating with the themes in each of these letters but are unsure how to find careers that support both. Where do you go from here?

One option is to go to O*NET! It is an amazing search engine for careers and one of its filters utilizes the RIASEC Code. Listed below are the first 20 careers that appear when you search for those that support a SI kind of working environment: 

Dietetic Technicians

Acute Care Nurses   

Critical Care Nurses 

Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics 

Hearing Aid Specialists 

Physical Therapist Assistants 

Registered Nurses 

Respiratory Therapists 

Respiratory Therapy Technicians

Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers 

Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians 

Diagnostic Medical Sonographers 

Medical Appliance Technicians 

Nuclear Medicine Technologists 

Community Health Workers 

Informatics Nurse Specialists 

Music Therapists 

Special Education Teachers, Secondary School

Tutors 

Acupuncturists 

You can click on the following link to see the full list of SI careers and to get access to detailed information for each career listed: https://www.onetonline.org/explore/interests/Social/Investigative/. If you like to help others and have an analytical, problem-solving mind, these careers might be a good fit for you! 

By Jordan Smith
Jordan Smith Career Consultant Assistant in Residence Jordan Smith