Career Decision-Making® System-Revised (CDM®-R)

Career Decision-Making® System-Revised (CDM®-R)


Arthur J. O’Shea, PhD, Rich Feller, PhD

Age Range:

12 and older



Scoring Option:


Reading Level:

Fourth grade (Level 1), Sixth Grade (Level 2)

Completion Time:

20-40 minutes

Report Options:

Interpretive Folder

The award-winning CDM-R, earlier the Harrington-O’Shea CDM-R, provides a self-scored assessment that helps students and other career planners identify their occupational interests, values, and abilities – and match these dimensions to career options. This contemporary tool pinpoints career clusters and yields results that can be linked to future job area interests and opportunities. CDM-R has been used successfully by millions of junior high and high-school students, individuals preparing to enter the job market, and veterans who are returning to the workplace or considering changing career directions.

The CDM-R Theoretical Base

The CDM-R reports six interest area scores, each corresponding to one of the six RIASEC themes:

Crafts R-Realistic
Scientific I-Investigative
The Arts A-Artistic
Social S-Social
Business E-Enterprising
Office Operations C-Conventional


Key Features

The CDM-R assesses users’ interests and helps them to self-assess their abilities, work values, and school subject preferences. Once career clusters are identified, the CDM-R provides a decision-making process for exploring specific occupations and learning about the education and training requirements. The CDM-R has received the Exemplary Practices Award from the American Counseling Association’s Association for Assessment in Counseling.

Level 1

Level 1 is ideal for middle and junior high school students, and individuals with limited reading ability. It uses RIASEC scores to identify clusters for exploration, as does Level 2. It also shows them how to relate their abilities, values, and school subject preferences to occupations that they would like to explore. Users have found that this level is helpful with Special Education students.

Level 1 features:

  • 96 Interest Survey items that are easy to read (fourth-grade reading level) and be scored in less than 30 minutes
  • Easy hand-scoring with all item responses on one page
  • Single booklet that includes the CDM survey itself and interpretive information with updated job charts for the six CDM-R career interest areas that are organized into 18 career clusters

Level 2

Level 2 is designed for high school students, college students, and adults with average or better reading ability.

Level 2 Survey Booklet

  • Backed with research in the US and other countries demonstrating the effectiveness of the CDM-R with both males and females in diverse cultures
  • Comprehensive inventory of 120 updated and gender-neutral items that yield results in 20-40 minutes.
  • Easy administration and self-scoring by hand

Level 2 Interpretive Folder

  • For each job gives employment outlook through 2020 and required education/training level
  • Provides direction for using CDM results in continuing one’s career exploration
  • Lists college majors and training programs relevant to each RIASEC area
  • Attractive and easy-to-use, allowing clients to use their two highest interest scores to suggest relevant career clusters for exploration, as follows:
CDM-R Career Clusters Organized by CDM-R Career Interest Area
The Arts
Office Operations
Math – Science
Customer Service
Skilled Trades
Medical – Dental
Personal Service
Data Analysis
Social Service



The normative sample was controlled for age, gender, race/ethnicity, and geographic region. Special education students also were included in the sample.

CDM-R is now online!

Visit the CDM Internet version. 

System Requirements

Windows XP SP3
Macintosh OS 10.4**

**Note: Apple dropped support for Coco causing these programs to quit working from 10.5 forward.

CDM-R Tour of Your Tomorrow 3rd Edition Career DVD

This DVD is available for purchase. It follows the direction set by the Career Decision Making System-Revised (CDM-R) and RIASEC occupational information systems. This seven segment DVD shows how Interest Areas identified by the CDM assessment relate to career interests, skills, jobs, and the importance of lifelong learning. Enthusiastic and real workers give “insider views” of their jobs and workplaces. Compelling action and captivating interviews help viewers identify role models with interest patterns and goals like their own. Within the six CDM/RIASEC Interest Areas a wide range of workers show how personal traits, abilities, work values, and training options connect to careers.

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