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!

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

Are you good at minding your own business?
Yes
No

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

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

Word that describes you best?
Happy
Successful
Helpful
Understanding

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

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

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

Favorite kitchen utensil?
Blender
Spatula
Microwave
Wire whisk
Meat thermometer

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

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

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

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

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

What size company do you think you'd want to work at?
Huge, like the government
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
Someplace in the middle

Word that best describes you
Adventurous
Nerdy
Practical
Ambitious
Organized

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

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

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

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