QUIZ: Which Technical Profession is Right for You?

By Arkansas Next staff on Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Take the Arkansas Next Pros quiz to see which technical profession fits your personality and plans for the future.

1. ON A TYPICAL SATURDAY, YOU CAN BE FOUND ...

Cruising around and taking care of your car.
Scouting and testing out the latest tech gadgets at Best Buy.
Tinkering with tools and gear in the garage.
Volunteering with Habitat for Humanity or binge watching HGTV.
Helping mom move a couch, fix the sink, run the grill, set up new TV/internet service — you seem to be able to figure anything out!

2. AFTER GRADUATION, YOU’RE CONSIDERING ...

Getting a job as soon as possible; on-the-job training.
A gap year; traveling; a little freedom.
An apprenticeship.
The least amount of college you can do, while still getting a degree.
Earning a certificate; you want to perfect a certain skill.

3. SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE THINGS TO WATCH ARE ...

How-to videos on YouTube.
“Fixer Upper” and “Property Brothers.”
“MythBusters.”
“Stranger Things” and “Black Mirror.”
“Top Gear” and “Fast N’ Loud.”

4. YOU THINK IT WOULD BE COOL TO …

Know how to build and restore cars.
Have the latest and greatest technology before everyone else.
Volunteer with a disaster relief group during a crisis.
Build skyscrapers and hospitals.
Road trip across country.

5. LET’S SAY YOU GO THE FOUR-YEAR ROUTE. WHICH MAJOR WOULD YOU BE MOST LIKELY TO PICK?

Logistics or supply chain management.
Architecture or graphic design.
Cybersecurity or software engineering.
Physics or aerospace.
Civil or mechanical engineering.

YOUR SCORE: 0

What Your Score Says About You

5 to 8 POINTS

You enjoy fixing things, solving problems and saving the day. Guess what? There are several technical professions that allow you to showcase that talent and get paid (very well) while doing so!

Jobs perfect for you — and where to learn more!
Industrial Maintenance
Plumber
HVACR Technician
Electrician
Lineman 

9 to 12 POINTS

You have a passion for building things. It may have started when you got your first Legos or after a weekend marathon of “Property Brothers.” Either way, your knack for building things can lead to a high-paying career in a technical profession.

Jobs perfect for you — and where to learn more!
Construction
CAD/CAM Drafter
Welder

13 to 16 POINTS

You know your way around a toolbox. You’re handy and can fix things on your own. On-the-job training, an apprenticeship or a certificate — these training options are all you’ll need to get a job right after high school.

Jobs perfect for you — and where to learn more!
Machinist
Diesel Technician
Operator/Operating Technician
Welder
CNC Operator

17 to 21 POINTS

You’re a techie with a knack for mastering the latest gear and gadgets before everyone else. From Macs and PCs to Wi-Fi and drones, you understand it all. Arkansas companies are clamoring for pros like you!

Jobs perfect for you — and where to learn more!
Automation/Robotics
Fiber Optics Technician
Computer Programmer

22 - 25 POINTS

You crave freedom. Being your own boss sounds great, but four-year college is out of the question. Transportation-related jobs are a great fit for you, and many local companies are hungrily hiring.

Jobs perfect for you — and where to learn more!
Commercial Truck Driver
Heavy Equipment Operator
Diesel Technician
Lineman