What kind of engineer should you be?

pin it - what kind of engineer should you be?

Engineering is one of the coolest jobs in the world, but there are so many disciplines it can be a little daunting to choose one for yourself! I wasn't happy with the existing quizzes, they were mostly way too direct (do you like bridges or wires? uh...) or way too career-spammy, and they were all way too serious. So with that in mind I took some personality traits and kinda did my best attempt at mapping them to engineering fields. It's not scientific or accurate because it really doesn't matter, engineers do so many things and move around so much there's no way to predict what path you'll end up on... so relax! This point of this test is to combine the fun of a personality quiz with the usefulness of a career test... hey look at that, fun AND useful? It's getting engineer-y already!

You can skip a few questions if you don't like them, but the more you answer the more accurate the test will be. Well, within all the accuracy it's capable of, that is. Which isn't much.

Also - if you're a teacher and want to print this out so a whole class of future engineers can take it, I now have a printable version!

Do you like being in charge?
Doesn't matter
No
Yes

Favorite kitchen utensil?
Wire whisk
Microwave
Spatula
Meat thermometer
Blender

Another possible job for me might be...
Cosmetologist
Retail
Veterinarian
Politician
Pilot
Teacher

What size company do you think you'd want to work at?
Someplace in the middle
A big company, with lots of people to meet and room to move around
A small company, with a few dedicated people I'm close to
Huge, like the government

My mad scientist laboratory would have...
Colorful liquids in test tubes
Blinky lights
A greenhouse full of plants (maybe evil plants?)
Everything, it'd be a total mess!

Are you good at minding your own business?
No
Yes

What's something you'd HATE at work?
Working in isolation
Sitting at a desk all day
Constantly being distracted and having to switch tasks
Getting messy

I'd rather have friends who are...
Imaginative
Generous
Not into creating drama
Confident
Unique

What would you rather do?
Invent cool gadgets
Break stuff
Be a mad scientist
Build big impressive things
Make the world a better place

Word that describes you best?
Successful
Understanding
Helpful
Happy

Favorite way to spend your free time?
Doing puzzles or creating things that involve putting pieces together
Hanging out with friends and family
Expressing myself directly, like writing my thoughts down or speaking to groups
Expressing myself through art or something I create

I'd rather work
With a group of helpful people.
Alone. I don't care how helpful the group is.

Favorite color?
Red
Yellow
Blue
White
Green
Orange
Pink
Gray
Purple
Black

What are you most likely to doodle on the side of a paper when you're bored?
Lines
Squares
Circles
Cars, buildings, trees... other things you see around you
Clouds, airplanes, rockets, other things in the sky
Arrows

Word that best describes you
Practical
Adventurous
Nerdy
Organized
Ambitious

What do people like about you?
I'm convincing, opinionated, and fresh
I'm very supportive and loyal
I'm relaxed and easy to get along with

Where would you like to go to work?
The great outdoors
Outer space
A different city every week
My own special cubicle
A hospital
A busy factory

What's more important?
That people get along
That everything is done right

I'm good at helping people...
Get their head out of the clouds and have a reality check
Understand others and resolve disagreements
Understand complex ideas
Understand themselves and what they're really looking for

If I'm late on a project, it's more likely because it...
Takes me a while to get done, I'm a perfectionist.
Takes me a while to get motivated, I'm a procrastinator