Campbell Interest and Skill Survey (CISS)

Another valuable resource available to students through the Creighton Career Center is the Campbell Interest and Skill Survey (CISS), a Campbell Development Survey from Pearson Assessments.  The CISS measures self-reported vocational interests and skills.  Similar to traditional interest inventories, the CISS interest scales reflect an individual's attraction for specific occupational areas.

However, the CISS instrument goes beyond traditional inventories by adding parallel skill scales that provide estimates of an individual's confidence in his or her ability to perform various occupational activities.  Together, the two types of scales provide more comprehensive, richer data than interest scores alone. 

The CISS instrument focuses on careers that require post-secondary education and is most appropriate for use with individuals who are college bound or college educated.

How This Instrument is Used

  • Explore new avenues in career development.
  • Pinpoint areas of academic study that can build skills and, as a result, increase career options.
  • Support personal counseling by identifying occupations or vocations that help meet the individual's needs.
  • Advise displaced and transitioning employees in outplacement programs.

Key Features 

  • The use of both traditional interest scales and parallel skill scales helps individuals gain a more thorough understanding of suitable career options.
  • The CISS instrument uses easily understood, contemporary items.
  • Test items reflect a respect for individuals of different gender, race, religion, and national origin.
  • Combined gender scales allow for the broadest interpretation of survey results.

To take the online CISS survey, contact a counselor in the Career Center at (402) 280-2722 or email

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