Career Occupational Preference System Interest Inventory (COPS)

Range: Grades 7-12, college and adult

Length: 168 items

Norms: High school and college

Administration Time: 20-30 minutes

Scoring Options: Self-scoring in 15-20 minutes

Interest Inventory Assessment for Career Exploration and Counseling

Promote career exploration in middle school, high school, and college courses

Provide individual career counseling with students and adults

Deliver occupational counseling in business and industry

The COPS Interest Inventory consists of 168 items, providing job activity interest scores related to 14 different career clusters. Each cluster corresponds to both high school and college curriculum, as well as current sources of occupational information. The COPS interpretive material emphasizes a “hands-on” approach to career exploration, featuring career and educational planning worksheets, along with a listing of suggested activities to gain experience.

The COPSystem Career Clusters

Science, Professional occupations involve responsibility for the planning and conducting of research. They include collecting and applying systematic accumulation of knowledge in the related branches of mathematical, medical, life and physical sciences.

Science, Skilled occupations involve observing and classifying facts in assisting in laboratory research and applying this information in the fields of medicine and life and physical sciences.

Technology, Professional occupations involve responsibility for engineering and structural design in the manufacture, construction, or transportation of products or utilities.

Technology, Skilled occupations involve working with one’s hands in a skilled trade concerned with construction, manufacture, installation, or repair of products in related fields of construction, electronics, and mechanics.

Consumer Economics occupations involve the preparation and packaging of foods and beverages. They also include the production and care of clothing and textile products.

Outdoor occupations involve activities performed primarily out-of-doors. They include the growing and tending of plants and animals and the cultivation and gathering of crops and natural resources in the areas of agriculture and nature as in forestry, park service, fishing, and mining.

Business, Professional occupations include positions of high responsibility in the organization, administration, and efficient functioning of businesses and governmental bureaus. They involve finance and accounting, management, and business promotion.

Business, Skilled occupations involve sales, promotion, and marketing. They also include financial and organizational activities of businesses in regard to promotion of business.

Clerical occupations involve recording, posting, and filing of business records requiring great attention to detail, accuracy, neatness, orderliness, and speed. They include office work and contact with customers in keeping records.

Communication occupations involve language skill in the creation or interpretation of literature, or in the written and oral communication of knowledge and ideas.

Arts, Professional occupations involve individualized expression of creative or musical talent. They include the fields of design, fine arts, and performing arts.

Arts, Skilled occupations involve application of artistic skill in the fields of photography, graphic arts, and design.

Service, Professional occupations include positions of high responsibility in caring for the personal needs and welfare of others in fields of social service, health, and education.

Service, Skilled occupations involve providing services to persons and catering to the tastes, desires, and welfare of others in fields of personal service, social and health related services, and protection and transportation.