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!

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

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

Word that best describes you
Nerdy
Adventurous
Organized
Practical
Ambitious

Word that describes you best?
Successful
Understanding
Helpful
Happy

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

Favorite kitchen utensil?
Spatula
Microwave
Wire whisk
Meat thermometer
Blender

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

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

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

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

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

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

Are you good at minding your own business?
No
Yes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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