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Career Assessment Inventory™- The Vocational Version
(CAI)

 

Overview: Vocational interest inventory for individuals who plan to enter careers immediately after high school or to attend community college or trade school.

Age Range: Individuals 15 years and older

Reading Level: 8th grade

Other Languages: Spanish and French for Canada

Administration: Paper-and-pencil, computer or online administration

Completion Time: 35–40 minutes (305 items with 5-point rating scales)

Norms: 1,500 working adults

Scoring Options: Q-global™ Scoring & Reporting, Q™ Local Software or Mail-in Scoring Service

Report Options: Profile and Interpretive

Publication Date: 2003

 
 
 

Product Details

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.

The Enhanced Version of the CAI inventory focuses on careers involving at least 4 years of post-secondary training.

The Career Assessment Inventory – Vocational Version compares an individual's vocational interests to those of individuals in 91 specific careers that reflect a range of positions in today's workforce – including skilled trades and technical and service professions – requiring 2 years or less of post-secondary training. The inventory is used by school counselors, job training specialists, psychologists, and personnel professionals who provide career guidance, adult career development, and human resource development.

How to Use This Inventory

This inventory can be used to help:

  • Guide students to focus on the patterns of interest that are important in making educational and occupational choices
  • Explore new career options with clients in vocational rehabilitation settings or one-stop career centers
  • Advise individuals who are re-entering the workforce, in workforce development, considering a career change, or who have been displaced
  • Clarify vocational opportunities for individuals in Tech Prep and School to Work programs

Key Features

  • Provides scales for 91 occupations, enabling the counselor to explore a variety of career possibilities with the client.
  • Easy to administer, taking only about 30 minutes on average 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.
  • Uses occupational themes based on the widely-accepted RIASEC model to assist in the interpretation and explanation of interest scores.

Scales

General Theme Scales
R Realistic Theme
I Investigative Theme
A Artistic Theme
S Social Theme
E Enterprising Theme
C Conventional Theme

 

Basic Interest Area Scales

Realistic Theme

Mechanical/Fixing
Electronics
Carpentry
Manual/Skilled Trades
Agriculture
Nature/Outdoors
Animal Service

Investigative Theme

Science
Numbers

Artistic Theme

Writing
Performing/Entertaining
Arts/Crafts

Social Theme

Social Service
Teaching
Child Care
Medical Service
Religious Activities

Enterprising Theme

Business
Sales

Conventional Theme

Office Practices
Clerical/Clerking
Food Service

Occupational Scales

Realistic Theme

Aircraft Mechanic
Auto Mechanic
Bus Driver
Camera Repair Technician
Carpenter
Conservation Officer
Dental Laboratory Technician
Drafter
Electrician
Emergency Medical Technician
Farmer/Rancher
Firefighter
Forest Ranger
Hardware Store Manager
Janitor
Machinist
Mail Carrier
Musical Instrument Repairer
Navy Enlisted
Orthotist/Prosthetist
Painter
Park Ranger
Pipefitter/Plumber
Police Officer
Printer
Radio/TV Repairer
Security Guard
Sheet-Metal Worker
Telephone Repairer
Tool/Die Maker
Truck Driver
Veterinary Technician

Investigative Theme

Chiropractor
Computer Programmer
Dental Hygienist
Electronic Technician
Math/Science Teacher
Medical Laboratory Technician
Radiologic Technician
Respiratory Therapy Technician
Surveyor

Artistic Theme

Advertising Artist/Writer
Advertising Executive
Author/Writer
Counselor-Chemical Dependency
Interior Designer
Legal Assistant
Librarian
Musician
Newspaper Reporter
Photographer
Piano Technician

Social Theme

Athletic Trainer
Child Care Assistant
Cosmetologist
Elementary School Teacher
Licensed Practical Nurse
Nurse's Aide
Occupational Therapy Assistant
Operating Room Technician
Physical Therapy Assistant
Registered Nurse

Enterprising Theme

Barber/Hairstylist
Buyer/Merchandiser
Card/Gift Shop Manager
Caterer
Florist
Food Service Manager
Hotel/Motel Manager
Insurance Agent
Manufacturing Representative
Personnel Manager
Private Investigator
Purchasing Agent
Real Estate Agent
Reservation Agent
Restaurant Manager
Travel Agent

Conventional Theme

Accountant
Bank Manager
Bank Teller
Bookkeeper
Cafeteria Worker
Court Reporter
Data Entry Operator
Dental Assistant
Executive Housekeeper
Medical Assistant
Pharmacy Technician
Secretary
Teacher's Aide
Waiter/Waitress

Nonoccupational Scales

Fine Arts-Mechanical
Occupational Extroversion/Introversion
Educational Orientation
Variability of Interests

Psychometric Information

Reference Samples (for the General Theme Scales andthe Basic Interest Area Scales)

The reference sample consisted of 1500 employed adults (750 male,750 female).

Reference Samples (for the Theme Scales, Basic Interest Area Scales,and Occupational Scales)

The reference sample consisted of 1,200 employed adults and students. The sample was stratified by selecting cases from a larger sample so that100 females and 100 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:

  1. Be currently employed in the appropriate job
  2. Have at least two years of experience on the job
  3. Respond positively to the question "Do you like your work?"
  4. Be less than 60 years old
  5. Have the proper accreditation or degree required for the occupation

Scoring

Report Options

Profile Report (Product Number 51461)
The profile report 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)
The interpretive report 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.

Scoring Options

Q™ Local Software - Enables you to score assessments, report results, and store and export data on your computer.

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.

Mail-in Scoring Service - Specially designed answer sheets are mailed to us for processing within 24–48 hours of receipt and returned via regular mail.

- Allows you to score the assessments at your site.

Training

 

FAQs

Questions

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 91 occupations that require 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 that require various levels of education, meeting 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.

  • 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, which is a profile of the client's results. The client may be given the interpretive report results.

Pricing & Ordering

Order Complete Kit

Order Components

 
Q-global® Web-based Administration, Scoring and Reporting
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  • Kits

    Price

    Qty

     
  • CAI-Vocational Q-global Interpretive Report Starter Kit
    63327
    $69.20
     
    Includes CAI-Vocational manual, 3 answer sheets with test items, and 3 Q-global administrations
  • Reports (Usages)

    Price

    Qty

     
  • CAI-Vocational Q-global Interpretive Report
    63325
    $12.15
     
    QuantityPrice Each
    1 - 4 $12.15
    5 - 49 $11.00
    50 - 99 $10.60
    100+ $10.20
  • CAI-Vocational Q-global Profile Report
    63326
    $7.35
     
    QuantityPrice Each
    1 - 4 $7.35
    5 - 49 $6.65
    50 - 99 $6.40
    100+ $6.15
 
 
Q LocalTM Software-based Scoring and Reporting
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  • Kits

    Price

    Qty

     
  • Q-Local Starter Kit with Interpretive Reports
    00761
    $69.20
     
    Q-Local/Career Assessment Inventory - Vocational Version Starter Kit with Interpretive Reports Includes Career Assessment Inventory - Vocational Version manual, 3 answer sheets with test items, and 3 Q Local administrations. (Does not include Q Local software.)
  • Reports (Usages)

    Price

    Qty

     
  • CAI-Vocational Q-Local Interpretive Report
    51460
    $12.15
     
    QuantityPrice Each
    1 - 4 $12.15
    5 - 49 $11.00
    50 - 99 $10.60
    100+ $10.20
  • CAI-Vocational Q-Local Profile Report
    51461
    $7.35
     
    QuantityPrice Each
    1 - 4 $7.35
    5 - 49 $6.65
    50 - 99 $6.40
    100+ $6.15
  • Manuals

    Price

    Qty

     
  • Career Assessment Inventory - Vocational Version Manual (required)
    26355
    $42.05
     
  • Administration Materials

    Price

    Qty

     
  • CAI Vocational Q-Local Answer Sheets
    51462
    $23.60
     
    Pkg of 25
    QuantityPrice Each
    1 - 4 $23.60
    5 - 24 $22.55
    25 - 74 $22.05
    75+ $21.55
  • CAI-Vocational Version Spanish Q Local Answer Sheets
    51641
    $23.60
     
    Pkg of 25
    QuantityPrice Each
    1 - 4 $23.60
    5 - 24 $22.55
    25 - 74 $22.05
    75+ $21.55
  • CAI Vocational Version French Q Local Answer Sheets
    51632
    $24.35
     
    Pkg of 25
 
 
Mail-In Scoring and Reporting
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  • Kits

    Price

    Qty

     
  • Starter Kit with Interpretive Reports
    00502
    $70.75
     
    Career Assessment Inventory - Vocational Version Mail-In Starter Kit with Interpretive Reports Includes Career Assessment Inventory - Vocational Version manual and answer sheets with test items included: all the materials necessary to conduct 3 assessments and receive interpretive reports using the mail-in scoring service.
  • Manuals

    Price

    Qty

     
  • Career Assessment Inventory - Vocational Version Manual (required)
    26355
    $42.05
     
  • Scoring and Reporting

    Price

    Qty

     
  • CAI-Vocational Mail-In Interpretive Reports
    26305
    $18.25
     
    Price includes answer sheet with test items and scoring
    QuantityPrice Each
    1 - 4 $18.25
    5 - 9 $13.90
    10 - 49 $13.10
    50 - 99 $12.55
    100 - 249 $11.95
    250 - 999 $11.70
    1000+ $10.65
  • CAI-Vocational Mail-In Profile Reports
    26308
    $13.80
     
    Price includes answer sheet with test items and scoring
    QuantityPrice Each
    1 - 4 $13.80
    5 - 49 $9.50
    50 - 99 $8.55
    100 - 249 $8.30
    250 - 999 $8.05
    1000 - 2499 $7.80
    2500+ $7.55
  • CAI-Vocational Version Spanish Mail-In Scoring Profile Reports
    26328
    $13.80
     
    Sold Separately
    QuantityPrice Each
    1 - 4 $13.80
    5 - 49 $9.50
    50 - 99 $8.55
    100 - 249 $8.30
    250 - 999 $8.05
    1000 - 2499 $7.80
    2500+ $7.55
  • CAI-Vocational Version French Mail-In Scoring Profile Reports
    26381
    $13.95
     
    Sold Separately
    QuantityPrice Each
    1 - 4 $13.95
    5 - 49 $10.35
    50 - 99 $8.80
    100 - 249 $8.40
    250 - 999 $8.20
    1000 - 2499 $7.95
    2500+ $7.35
 
 
 
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