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The "S" Code

The “S” 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 “S” 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 Social -- or the “S” 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 Social then you should know….

Social people are helpers! Being “social” means you like to like to help, nurture, and care for others. You might describe yourself as creative, innovative, and intuitive. You probably enjoy crafts, music or writing.

“Social” people interpersonal and service-oriented. They thrive in careers in education and medicine. They care deeply about other and like giving back. Working in humanitarian effort can be most rewarding for them. Social types are excellent at relationship-building and make good team leaders.

Careers in these fields allow Social types to analyze, research, experiment, and problem-solve.

  • Social people describe themselves as caring, helpful, friendly, and responsible.
  • They are attracted to work environments that are supportive, collaborative, and cooperative. They like to solve problems through discussions of feelings and interactions with others.
  • They tend to be very expressive, and they often enjoy taking a leadership role at work and in school.
  • Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. Persons in these occupations often help or provide service to others.

Here are some careers that a “social” person might consider. These careers provide the opportunity to serve others and use their people skills.

· City Manager

· Counselor

· Librarian

· Medical Assistant

· Physical Therapist

· Psychologist

· Registered Nurse

· Social Worker

· Teacher

· Trainer

For descriptions of the other them codes please see the themes below