Sunday, March 1, 2009


Kuder Preference Record n. An occuptation inventory test designed to measure the respondent's relative levels of interest in ten occupational areas. The chart is to show whether your interest is high, low, or average. Old Trunks question is thus: If one takes the test every,, say, twenty or thirty years, would interests change based on exposure or inner growth?

Let's look at each of the categories from 1979

CLERICAL--means you like office work that requires precision and accuracy. Jobs such as book keeper, accountant, file clerk, salesclerk, secretary, statistician and traffic manager fall into this area.

COMPUTATIONAL--means you like to work with numbers. A high score in this area suggests that you might like jobs such as a book keeper, accountant or bank teller.

ART --you do creative work with your hands. Eye appeal work involving attractive design, color, and materials. Painters, sculptors, architects, dress designers, hair dressers, and interior decorators all do artistic work.

MUSIC--shows interest in going to concerts, playing instruments, singing, or reading about music and musicians.

SOCIAL SERVICE--indicates a preference for helping people. Nurses, Boy or Girl Scout leaders, vocational counselors, tutors, ministers, personnel workers, social workers, and hospital attendants spend much of their time helping people.

OUTDOORS--working outdoors as a ranger, farmer, or person who grows things has these interests.

SCIENCE--means that you like to discover new facts and solve problems. Doctors, chemists, nurses, engineers, radio repairmen, aviators, and dietitians usually have high scientific interests.

PERSUASIVE--Like to meet and deal with people and promote projects or things to sell. Actors, politicians, radio announcers, authors, salesmen, and store clerks have these interests.

LITERARY--Like to read and write. Jobs include novelist, historian, teacher, actor, news reporter, editor, drama critic, librarian, and book reviewer.

MECHANICAL--You like to work with machines and tools. Jobs in this area include automotive repairmen, watchmakers, drill press operators, and engineers.

Each item of the scale consists of three activities from which the respondent selects the least liked and the most liked.

It may help one understand what they like as a start up idea but don't you think it actually narrows possibilities? It all goes back to exposure. As I have said before, some know from early life what they want to be, others are like loose cannons.

Let's say you score 98% in science. According to the information listed above, there are no trade schools for these highly developing professions.

Job Service places give tests like this so their workers can look at graphs to see what jobs are available and what you might be suited for. Another one they give are aptitude tests, which we will discuss tomorrow. Meanwhile, give some thought to what you have chosen to do and if it is a fit and you know it is a fit.

And, BTW, Happy March!


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