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COPS: Interest Inventory - Comprehensive Career Guides for high school

Range: Grade 7 through adult
For interpreting all three measures: CAPS, COPS and COPES

COPS has been updated with new job activity items reflecting the increased use of computers along with similar other current trends in occupations. The COPS provides occupational preference scores related to choice of job, curriculum and occupational clusters for professionally, as well as vocationally oriented individuals. Each occupational cluster is keyed to curriculum choice and major sources of detailed job information. Low cost, on-site scoring providing immediate feedback of results and the use of one instrument for vocationally oriented and college oriented individuals are major features of this instrument.

Completion of COPS and scoring requires 35-50 minutes. Self-scoring is quick and accurate and interpretation is easy with the Self-Interpretation Profile and Guide. The Guide includes sample occupations, some skills and abilities needed, suggested activities to gain experience, related courses and college/university majors.

COPS is particularly useful:
  • in classroom group guidance units as a starting point for exploring the world of work
  • as an introduction to the use of the Dictionary of Occupational Titles (DOT), the Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH), and the NOC
  • to assist students in planning their high school and college/university major programs
  • to help widen occupational horizons for potential dropouts by specifying job opportunities available to them within their own areas of interest
  • for individual counselling with college/university students and adults

For both vocationally oriented and college/university oriented individuals, COPS is an effective measure of occupation-related interests.
Kriz John Mella,
May 13, 2012, 6:46 PM