Jackson Vocational Interest Survey (JVIS)Qualification Level: B
Douglas N. Jackson, Ph.D.
The Jackson Vocational Interest Survey (JVIS) was designed to assist high school and college students, as well as adults with educational and career planning. There are 289 pairs of statements describing job related activities. Scoring yields a sex-fair profile along 34 basic interest scales. These scales encompass work role dimensions relevant to a variety of occupations and work style scales indicative of work environment preferences. The JVIS employs a forced-choice format, asking the respondent to indicate a preference between two equally popular interests. This format eliminates the systematic response bias frequently elicited by a “like or dislike” response option. The JVIS is easy to hand score with a basic interest profile plotted in ten minutes or less.
The JVIS distinguishes between occupational work roles and behavioral work styles. The scales measure the following areas:
• The Arts
• Science and Mathematics
• Practical, Outdoor Activities
• Service Activities
• Medicine and Health
• Interpersonal and Job-Related Work Styles
• Teaching and Social Welfare Activities
• Business, Administrative, and Related Activities
• Legal, Professional, Persuasive Work Roles
• Literary, Academic
• Work Styles Related to Job Activities
Each of these scales is further divided into a number of sub-occupational groups and work styles.
The JVIS Manual contains instructions for administering and scoring the JVIS. It also provides thorough documentation on the reliability of the test. Validation included a study in which JVIS profiles predicted choice of university academic major with higher accuracy than that reported for any combination of interest and aptitude measures.
The JVIS normally takes about 45 minutes to an hour to complete. The instrument is designed to be used with high school students, college students, and adults.
Vocational and educational counseling with high school, college and university students
Career planning for adults, including midlife career redirection
• Research in industrial selection and placement
Research in vocational interests, the psychology of work, or employee satisfaction