Career Interests

John Holland developed a theoretical framework consisting of six general themes that describe broad areas interest relating to self and the working world. If you are interested in discovering your career interests, visit our Learn more about yourself page to learn about the Strong Interest Inventory.

This major consists of the following themes:

  • Social
  • Enterprising
  • Conventional

Professional Sales Major Related Skills

Below is a sampling of skills related to this major mapped from the Skillscan Driver Assessment. The SkillScan assessment provides a simple 3-step process to help you learn about your strengths and weaknesses, the skills you enjoy and want to use in a career and those skills needing development. Consider taking the SkillScan assessment to better understand your skills as it relates to majors at IU.


  • Solve Problems
  • Analyze
  • Research
  • Estimate
  • Forecast
  • Budget

Relationship Skills

  • Serve Clients and Customers
  • Demonstrate Social-Cultural Sensitivity


  • Listen
  • Consult
  • Speak or Interact
  • Write
  • Negotiate
  • Sell
  • Promote
  • Persuade

Management or Leadership

  • Set Goals
  • Organize or Plan
  • Make Decisions
  • Lead
  • Coordinate


  • Demonstrate Foresight

Career Guides

Our unique IU Career Guides offers the A-Zs of each field’s preferred educational backgrounds, as well as employment opportunities and insider tips, industry-related interview questions, and a lot more. Below are related career guides for this major.