- Realistic: People who like work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
- Investigative: People who like work activities that have to do with ideas and thinking more than physical activities.
- Artistic: People who like work activities that deal with the artistic side of things, like self-expression, and like to work without following a clear set of rules.
- Social: People who like work activities that assist others and promote learning and personal development.
- Enterprising: People who like work activities that have to do with starting up or carrying out projects, especially business ventures. They like persuading and leading people, making decisions, and taking risks for profit.
- Conventional: People who like work activities that follow set procedures and routines.
I looked through the book 50 Best Jobs for Your Personality and picked out the jobs that are common in the publishing industry. Most of them fell into the Artistic category, but there are almost as many Enterprising jobs. Here’s a list of personality types and the publishing jobs that appeal to these types. Secondary personality types, where available, are in parentheses after the jobs.
- Editors (Social)
- Advertising and promotions managers (Enterprising)
- Art directors (Enterprising)
- Copy writers (Enterprising)
- Creative writers
- Graphic designers (Enterprising)
- Painters and illustrators (Realistic)
- Agents (Social)
- Human resources managers (Social)
- Lawyers (Conventional)
- Marketing Managers (Conventional)
- Executives (Conventional)
- Public relations specialists (Artistic)
- Sales managers (Conventional)
- Chief Financial Officers (Conventional)
- Accountants (Enterprising)
- Administrative assistants (Enterprising)
To find out your RIASEC type and match it to the right jobs for you, see 50 Best Jobs for Your Personality by Michael Farr and Laurence Shatkin.