Career Assessment Inventory,
Second Edition (Vocational Version)
Wednesday, April 26, 2000
Purpose: Vocational Assessment Tool
Subjects: High School Sophomore to Adult
Designed to be used by counselors and other educators who work with non-college bound students or adults seeking immediate career entry.
Structure: 305 items
151 items (50%) à action items
43 items (14%) à related to school subjects
111 items (36%) à associated with job titles
Reponses such as:
Scores, 125: 2 Administrative Indices
(Total Responses, Response Patterning)
To present a meaningful overall orientation to work without explicit gender labels.
Well understood and is likely to be useful based on its relationship to occupational groups.
6 General Themes
22 Basic Interest Area Scales
· Mechanical / Fixing
· Manual / Skilled Trades
· Nature / Outdoors
· Animal Service
· Performing / Entertaining
· Arts / Crafts
· Social Service
· Medical Service
· Religious Activities
· Office Practices
· Clerical \ Clerking
· Food Service
91 Occupational Scales
Aircraft / Auto Mechanic Bus Driver
Camera Repair Technician Carpenter
Conservation Officer Dental Laboratory Technician
Emergency Medical Technician Farmer / Rancher
Firefighter Forest Ranger
Hardware Store Manager Janitor
Machinist Mail Carrier
Musical Instrument Repair Navy Enlisted
Orthodontist / Prosthetist Painter
Park Ranger Pipefitter / Plumber
Police Officer Printer
Radio / T.V. Repair Tool Maker
Truck Driver Veterinary Technician
Chiropractor Computer Programmer
Dental Hygienist Electronic Technician
Math – Science Teacher Medical Laboratory Assistant
Radiological Technician Respiratory Therapeutic Technician
Surveyor Advertising Artist / Writer
Advertising Executive Author / Writer
Counselor – Chemical Dependency Interior Designer
Legal Assistant Librarian
Musician Newspaper Reporter
Photographer Piano Technician
Athletic Trainer Childcare Assistant
Cosmetologist Elementary School Teacher
Licensed Practical Nurse Nurse Aid
Occupational Therapist Assistant Operating Room Technician
Physical Therapist Technician Registered Nurse
Barber / Hairstylist Buyer / Merchandiser
Card / Gift Shop Manager Caterer
Florist Food Service Manager
Hotel / Motel Manager Insurance Agent
Manufacturing Representative Personnel Manager
Private Investigator Purchasing Agent
Real Estate Agent Reservation Agent Restaurant Manager Travel Agent
Accountant Bank Teller
Bookkeeper Cafeteria Worker
Court Reporter Data Entry Operator
Dental Assistant Executive Housekeeper
Medical Assistant Pharmacy Technician
Secretary Teacher Aide
Waiter / Waitress
Price Data: $4.15 per profile Report
$8.25 per narrative report
$14 per test manual (152) pages
Languages: Spanish & French Available
Time: 30 – 40 minutes
Author: Charles B. Johansson
Publisher: National Computer Systems, Inc.
Review: Comprehensive interest assessment system designed specifically for persons seeking occupations not largely dependent on 4 years of college education.
Reliability and Validity data presented are extensive and supportive of CAI applications.
The CAI has been developed primarily as a tool for persons generally not focused on a particular occupational category.
The manual is “comprehensive, yet focused.”
The organizational format of the VAI-VV and the scoring profiles for both the test taker and counselor are attractive and appealing.
“Blue collar version” of the Strong Interest Inventory. Useful because a large percentage (80%) of the work force is characteristically employed in technical. Vocational, or other nonprofessional types of employment.
The inventory is designed to be:
a) applicable for careers requiring no postsecondary training or those requiring training form, in general, a vocational-technical level through 4 years of postsecondary college;
b) be applicable for lower reading levels
c) provide a reporting format that is easy to understand
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