Charles B. Johansson, PhD
Vocational interest inventory for individuals who plan to enter careers immediately after high school or to attend community college or trade school
Individuals 15 years and older
Paper-and-pencil, computer or online administration
Q-global™ Scoring & Reporting, Q™ Local Software or Mail-in Scoring Service
35–40 minutes (305 items with 5-point rating scales)
1,500 working adults
Profile and Interpretive
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
- 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.
|General Theme Scales
Basic Interest Area Scales
Camera Repair Technician
Dental Laboratory Technician
Emergency Medical Technician
Hardware Store Manager
Musical Instrument Repairer
Medical Laboratory Technician
Respiratory Therapy Technician
Child Care Assistant
Elementary School Teacher
Licensed Practical Nurse
Occupational Therapy Assistant
Operating Room Technician
Physical Therapy Assistant
Card/Gift Shop Manager
Food Service Manager
Real Estate Agent
Data Entry Operator
Variability of Interests
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:
- 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 60 years old
- Have the proper accreditation or degree required for the occupation