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The "I" Code

The I Code in RIASEC

We are examining the Holland Codes. You’ll sometimes see them as “RIASEC.” Read this post for more information on The Holland Codes and RIASEC.

You’ve received the results of the Strong Interest Inventory. Now, of course, you would like to know just what those results mean. There are six theme codes. This post is about the “I” code or investigative personality types. (For reference, you can see a sample of the I Start Strong Report here.)

We explore the others here:






If one of your themes is Investigative -- or the “I” in the Holland Codes wheel exactly what does that mean?

The Strong Interest Inventory uses six general themes to describe your personality. These themes also help identify the type of work you might enjoy. Most people find that there is a combination of themes that best describe them. You are most likely to enjoy work that is closely related to your top themes.

If one of your top themes is Investigative then you should know….

Investigative people are thinkers! Being “investigative” means you like to analyze and interpret data. You might describe yourself as analytical, original, and scientific.

Investigative people do well in careers in math, science, IT, finance, and education. Careers in these fields allow Investigative types to analyze, research, experiment, and problem-solve.

  • Investigative people describe themselves as analytical, original, and scientific.
  • They like work environments that are research-oriented and encourage independent thinking.
  • They tend to be thoughtful, intellectually curious, and nonconforming.
  • They enjoy conducting research, doing scientific or laboratory work, and analyzing new facts or theories. The work is often done in a university setting.

Here are some careers that a “investigative” person might consider:

· Strategic Planner

· Statistician

· Data Analyst

· Regional Planner

· Medical Researcher

· Economist

· Industrial Engineer

· Business Analyst

· Logistics Manager

· Auditor

You can read our descriptions of the individual codes here: