Career Assessment Inventory™- The Enhanced Version
Overview: Occupational interest inventory for college-bound and non-college-bound individuals.
Qualification Level: B, Q2
Age Range: Individuals 15 years and older
Reading Level: 8th grade
Other Languages: Spanish
Administration: Paper-and-pencil, computer, Internet administration
Completion Time: 35–40 minutes (370 items with 5-point rating scales)
Norms: 900 working adults and students
Scoring Options: Q-global™ web-based, Q™ Local Software, Mail-in Scoring Service, or Internet Scoring
Report Options: Profile and Interpretive
Publication Date: 2003
Updated: The Career Assessment Inventory has been updated to provide additional occupations, new suggested readings, new vocational codes, and career resources on the web. See the Profile Report and Interpretive Report descriptions later on this page for more information.
Manage your Career Assessment Inventory - Enhanced testing program on-line: Click here for a DEMO.
(The vocational version of the Career Assessment Inventory focuses on careers requiring less than two years of post-secondary training.)
The Career Assessment Inventory – Enhanced Version assessment compares an individual's occupational interests to those of individuals in 111 specific careers that reflect a broad range of technical and professional positions in today's workforce. The inventory is used by guidance counselors to help students and adults develop career and study plans, and by psychologists and human resource professionals to advise individuals on career development.
How to Use This Inventory
This inventory can be used to help:
- Teach students to focus on the patterns of interest that are important in making educational and occupational choices
- High school and college students identify career directions and major areas of study
- Advise individuals who are re-entering the workforce, considering a career change, or who have been displaced
- Provides scales for 111 occupations requiring varying amounts of post-secondary education.
- Easy to administer, taking only about 40 minutes to complete.
- Graphic and narrative test reports can be shared with the client and the narrative report provides a 3-page counselor's summary.
- Combined gender scales allow for the broadest interpretation of survery results.
- The inventory closely matches the distribution of professional and nonprofessional jobs in the labor force, making it well-suited for assessing groups with a variety of career aspirations (e.g., complete high school populations).
|General Theme Scales|
Basic Interest Area Scales
Camera Repair Technician
Dental Lab Technician
Emergency Medical Technician
Hardware Store Manager
Musical Instrument Repairer
Medical Lab Technician
Respiratory Therapy Technician
Child Care Assistant
Elementary School Teacher
Licensed Practical Nurse
Operating Room Technician
Card/Gift Shop Manager
Elected Public Official
Food Service Manager
Real Estate Agent
Data Input Operator
Variability of Interests
Reference Samples (for the Theme Scales, Basic Interest Area Scales, and Occupational Scales)
The reference sample consisted of 900 employed adults and students. The sample was stratified by selecting cases from a larger sample so that 75 females and 75 males had their highest score on each of the six different theme scales.
Criterion Samples (for the Occupational Scales)
To be included in a criterion sample for one of the occupational scales, an individual had to:
- be currently employed in the appropriate job
- have at least two years of experience on the job
- respond positively to the question "Do you like your work?"
- be less than 70 years old
- have the proper accreditation or degree required for the occupation
Profile Report (Product Number 51464)
Provides a graphical depiction of the individual's score on each scale, a list of Additional Occupations to investigate, and a page of career resources on the web. There is an option to print "Understanding Your Results," an in-depth description of how the results apply to the test taker.
View a sample Profile Report.
Interpretive Report (Product Number 51463)
Presents several pages of graphs and narrative statements that explain the significant score elevations on each scale. It also provides additional reference information relevant to the highest scores, such as a list of Additional Occupations to investigate and a page of career resources on the web, new O*Net codes (SOC-Standard Occupational Classification) and older DOT codes (Dictionary of Occupational Titles) if required, and page references to the Occupational Outlook Handbook. There is an option to print a Counselor's Summary, which graphically represents the individual's scores on each scale, and "Understanding Your Results," which is an in-depth description of how the results apply to the test taker.
View a sample Interpretive Report.
Scoring and/or Reporting Options
Q-global™ Web-based Administration, Scoring, and Reporting – Enables you to quickly assess and efficiently organize examinee information, generate scores, and produce accurate comprehensive reports all via the Web.
Q Local™ Scoring and Reporting Desktop Software - Enables you to score assessments, report results, and store and export data on your computer.
Mail-in Scoring Service - Specially designed answer sheets are mailed to Pearson for processing within 24–48 hours of receipt; results returned via regular mail.
- Allows you to score the assessments at your site.
Internet Scoring - Offers flexibility and interactivity.
Taking this Assessment Online
To order this assessment to take online, call 800-627-7271 and you will be directed how to purchase vouchers and access the test.
Frequently asked questions follow. Click on a question to see the response.
What is the difference between the Vocational Version and the Enhanced Version of the Career Assessment Inventory instrument?
The Vocational Version has 305 items and covers 91 occupations requiring little or no post-secondary education. It provides options for the trade-oriented individual or for immediate entry into the workforce. The Enhanced Version has 370 items and covers 111 occupations requiring various levels of education. The Enhanced Version therefore meets the needs of both non-college-bound and college-bound individuals.
If I want to give one assessment to everyone (college-bound and non-college-bound), which assessment would you recommend?
The Enhanced Version.
Can the interpretive report be given to the client?
Does the Career Assessment Inventory instrument provide a counselor's summary?
Yes. When the interpretive report is generated, the counselor will receive a counselor's summary profiling the client's results.
What are the differences in occupational coverage between the Strong Interest Inventory and the Career Assessment Inventory-Enhanced?
Both inventories sample a broad range of occupations. The Career Assessment Inventory-Enhanced Version instrument more closely matches the distribution of professional and nonprofessional jobs in the labor force and is therefore preferred when assessing groups with a variety of career aspirations (e.g., complete high school populations).