An Example of Assessment's Role in Career Exploration


  • Janet E. Wall

    Personnel Research Psychologist, Corresponding author
    1. Department of Defense at Manpower Data Center, Monterey, California.
    • Defense Manpower Data Center, 99 Pacific Street, Suite 155A, Monterey, CA 93940.

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A new ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) 18/19 Career Exploration Program was made available to United States secondary and postsecondary schools in July 1992. The program allows individual students to use their aptitude test results, an inventory of their interests, and personal preferences to identify occupations with characteristics that seem to be consistent with their own. This capability of matching student characteristics to occupations is derived from extensive analyses based on work performed by the U.S. Departments of Labor and Defense.