Career Assessment Inventory™- The Enhanced Version (CAI)

Career Assessment Inventory™- The Enhanced Version (CAI)

Key Information

Author:

Charles B. Johansson, PhD

Overview:

Occupational interest inventory for college-bound and non-college-bound individuals

Age Range:

Individuals 15 years and older

Administration:

Paper-and-pencil, computer, Internet administration

Career Assessment Inventory™- The Enhanced Version (CAI)

Descriptions:

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.

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(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

Key Features

  • 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).

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
Protective Service
Athletics/Sports
Nature/Outdoors
Animal Service

Investigative Theme

Mathematics
Scientific Research/Development
Medical Science

Artistic Theme

Writing
Creative Arts
Performing/Entertaining

Social Theme

Community Service
Education
Medical Service
Religious Activities

Enterprising Theme

Public Speaking
Law/Politics
Management/Supervision
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 Lab Technician
Drafter
Electrician
Emergency Medical Technician
Farmer/Rancher
Firefighter
Forest Ranger
Hardware Store Manager
Janitor
Machinist
Mail Carrier
Military Enlisted
Military Officer
Musical Instrument Repairer
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

Investigative Theme

Biologist
Chemist
Chiropractor
Computer Programmer
Computer Scientist
Dental Hygienist
Dentist
Dietitian
Economist
Electronic Technician
Engineer
Mathematician
Math/Science Teacher
Medical Lab Technician
Pharmacist
Physical Therapist
Physician
Psychologist
Radiologic Technician
Respiratory Therapy Technician
Surveyor
Veterinarian

Artistic Theme

Advertising Artist/Writer
Advertising Executive
Architect
Author/Writer
Chef
Interior Designer
Legal Assistant
Librarian
Musician
Newspaper Reporter
Photographer
Piano Technician

Social Theme

Athletic Trainer
Child Care Assistant
Cosmetologist
Counselor-Chemical Dependency
Elementary School Teacher
Guidance Counselor
Licensed Practical Nurse
Nurse’s Aide
Occupational Therapist
Operating Room Technician
Registered Nurse
Religious Leader

Enterprising Theme

Barber/Hairstylist
Buyer/Merchandiser
Card/Gift Shop Manager
Caterer
Elected Public Official
Florist
Food Service Manager
Hospital Administrator
Hotel/Motel Manager
Insurance Agent
Lawyer
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 Input 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

Psychometrics Information

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:

  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 70 years old
  5. have the proper accreditation or degree required for the occupation

Report Options

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.

Getting Started with Q-Global Training Series

View these brief training modules about Q-global

Module 1: Gaining Access to Q-global

Module 2: Signing in and setting up your account

Module 3: Managing sub-accounts

Module 4: How to generate reports

Questions

Frequently asked questions follow. Click on a question to see the response.

Test Content

  • What is the difference between the Vocational Version and the Enhanced Version of the Career Assessment Inventory instrument?

Administration

  • If I want to give one assessment to everyone (college-bound and non-college-bound), which assessment would you recommend?

  • Can the interpretive report be given to the client?

  • Does the Career Assessment Inventory instrument provide a counselor’s summary?

  • What are the differences in occupational coverage between the Strong Interest Inventory and the Career Assessment Inventory-Enhanced?