The Occupational Information Network (O*NET) US Department of Labor and Employment and Training Administration measures six types of occupational interests: Realistic; Investigative; Artistic; Social; Enterprising; Conventional
Do you have Realistic interests like work that includes practical, hands-on problems and answers: Working with plants and animals; wood, tools, and machinery;
Do you have Investigative interests like work that has to do with ideas and thinking: Searching for facts, Figuring out problems
Do you have Artistic interests, Work that can be done with creativity and without following a set of rules; acting, music, art, and design.
Do you have Social interests like Giving advice, Helping and being of service to people They like working with people more than working with objects, machines, or information
Do you have Enterprising interests like Persuading and leading people, Making decisions, Taking risks for profits; taking action rather than thinking about things.
Do you have Conventional interests and prefer working with information and paying attention to details; work that follows set procedures and routines.
O*Net has some terrific self-assessment tools that you download free to help you look more deeply into your occupational interests and the surprisingly diverse job functions that let you use these skills: http://www.mynextmove.org/explore/ip