Social types enjoy spending lots of time with people, and often make a profession out of providing some form of care or assistance to them. They like a work environment where they meet and discuss issues that concern individuals, often in a supportitive and nurturing role.
The Social person's interests focus on interacting with the people in their environment. In all cases, the Social person enjoys the personal contact of other people in preference to the impersonal dealings with things, data and ideas found in other groups.
Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people, and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.
The Social person's activities may include being receptive to others' needs (e.g Hospitality Assistant, Nurse), giving information and general guidance (e.g. Driving Instructor), teaching (e.g. School Teacher), listening and collecting information (e.g. Garda, Care Worker), providing professional guidance (e.g. Counsellor, Legal Advisor), and negotiating, mediating and resolving conflicts (e.g. Probation Officer).
Realistic occupations involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outdoors.
Administrative occupations involve working with data and details more than with ideas and people. These people like clear routines and instructions, and enjoy checking facts and figures.
Enterprising occupations involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
Investigative occupations involve working with ideas and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
Social occupations involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
Creative occupations involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.
Linguistic types enjoy work involving the creation and exchange of information through writing, electronic media or the spoken word. These people prefer unstructured environments where there is time to use their imagination to compose their thoughts.