What is the JCE?

The Jackson Career Explorer (JCE) is a career interest assessment that guides people toward satisfying and fulfilling careers. It is appropriate for use with high school, college and university students, and career planning with adults, including career changers. The JCE report provides a wealth of personalized career information including fit with 30 different Job Groups and in-depth information on the top 3 Job Groups, fit with 17 different Education Groups, ranking of 34 Basic Interests and Work Personality preferences. The report showcases thousands of customized job resources including action steps and interpretive tips, and provides links to over 850 O*NET and NOC job codes, organizations, and web-based career resources.

Who Should Use the JCE?

  • Counselors and individuals at all stages of career exploration
  • Individuals interested in learning more about a wide variety of jobs who will benefit from items describing real-life work activities
  • Career seekers looking for an interactive and dynamic report with links to extensive career-related resources
  • Self-interpretation or counselors who want to encourage some degree of self-interpretation
  • Users seeking quick and convenient online administration and a comprehensive, easy to interpret report

Why Should I Use the JCE?

ACCURATE. The JCE accurately measures specific areas of career interest, ways of approaching work, and predicts top job groups associated with these areas of interest. Results are generated based on scoring algorithms that have been tested and refined to produce optimal results. This career explorer test accurately identifies the career interests that will motivate people to discover enriching, fulfilling careers.

GROUNDED. The JCE is a derivative of the Jackson Vocational Interest Survey (JVIS), first published in 1977. The JVIS is one of the most well-respected career interest assessments available and has been continually updated to this day. The JCE was developed by employing advanced test construction methods to identify the items most diagnostic of each of the 34 Basic Interest Scales that form the foundation of the JVIS.

SCIENTIFIC. The JCE has strong scientific roots. More than 40 psychologists and career experts have worked on the development of the JCE and its predecessor, the JVIS, over the past 45 years. Research has shown that the JCE is a valid and reliable career interest assessment. This career exploration test employs a 5-point Likert rating scale, which prevents conflict from test takers having to choose between equally desirable job-related activities. Norms were based on responses from 527 students and career seekers.

CONVENIENT. The JCE can be administered in 20 minutes. Reports are generated immediately. Results are presented using graphs, numbers, scale descriptions, and job information that are insightful and easy to understand.


An overview of startup costs is provided below.

JCE Startup Costs
US Pricing Canadian Pricing
Online Scoring

  • Includes: 5 JCE test administrations, SigmaTesting.com account set up, and technical support
$65 $75
JCE Per Test Cost
US Pricing Canadian Pricing
Online Scoring $13 $15

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Unlimited yearly subscription option available. Click here to Request a Quote.

Ready to Administer the JCE?

Purchasing the JCE is quick and easy. The first step is to complete an application form to gain approval for an online account. Once approved, you will receive an email with your login information. At that point, you can log in, purchase tests, and begin testing.

Complete the Application Form

Need more information? Contact us today and our customer service team will contact you within 1 to 2 business days with a response. You can also call us at our toll-free line at 1-800-401-4480 (in Canada) or 1-800-265-1285 (in the US). 

JCE Resources

JCE Occupations Guide

The JCE report gives extensive detail about an individual’s top 3 job groups. The JCE Occupations Guide contains the information on all 30 job groups in the JCE. This resource can be helpful to counselors or individuals looking for information on an individual’s interests that did not show up in their top 3. A Canadian version containing details on NOC codes is also available for download.

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