The German O*NET Interest Profiler Short Form

Lena Roemer, Phil Lewis, James Rounds

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Holland’s RIASEC model is the dominant framework to conceptualize vocational interests. It describes vocational interests with six broad domains: realistic, investigative, artistic, social, enterprising, and conventional. The O*NET Interest Profiler Short Form is a freely accessible inventory measuring vocational interests according to Holland’s model with 60 items. With this manuscript, we provide a translation of the inventory into German and evaluate the scores’ psychometric qualities, construct-related and criterion-related validity. We used data from an age-diverse (N = 276) and high-school sample (N = 672). Internal consistency estimates of the scale scores were adequate. Randomization tests and multidimensional scaling showed that the scores’ structural properties mirrored the RIASEC theoretical model. Scale scores were sensitive to gender differences and could predict participants’ actual and ideal occupations with reasonable hit rates. Overall, the German O*NET Interest Profiler Short Form seems apt for usage in career counseling and research settings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)156-167
Number of pages12
JournalPsychological Test Adaptation and Development
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 2023


  • O*NET Interest Profiler
  • interest inventory
  • vocational interests

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology (miscellaneous)
  • Applied Psychology


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