Does your current career match your learning style? In the last post, Honoring Your Learning Style Can Increase Productivity, we talked about the different learning styles and characteristics of each. Today we are looking at what types of jobs or careers best match each learning style.Match your Learning Styles

Why Learning Styles are Important to Career Choices

Knowing your learning style can help you be more productive in whatever job or career you have, but selecting a career that matches your learning style can play a huge role in your success.

Specific careers match how you learn and make you more efficient, allowing you to complete training and master tasks much more quickly. You will feel more comfortable in your position, and this usually helps you to advance at a much faster speed.

If you need to determine your learning style, consider taking this quick assessment.

Let’s take a look at each of the learning styles and the careers that match them.

Visual Learning Style

If you learn best with pictures, graphs, maps, etc., you are a spatial or visual learner. When someone talks to you, you can visualize what they are saying. For instance, if someone talks about sitting on a porch drinking lemonade, in your mind, you see someone doing this.    You often take lots of notes during a lecture because you need to see it written down and read it to remember. The majority of the U.S. population are visual learners.

Visual learners are best suited and happiest in careers such as the following:

  • Architect
  • Engineer
  • Pilot
  • Strategic planner
  • Visual artist or graphic designer
  • Photographer or videographer
  • Doctor or nurse
  • Medical lab technician
  • Editor or copy editor
  • Interior designer
  • Air traffic controller
  • Construction Technology
  • Map creation
  • Therapist
  • Detectives
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Biochemist
  • Genetic Scientist

Auditory Learning Style

If you love group discussions, especially those that allow you and others to discuss a complex problem, you are probably an auditory learner. When someone mentions a train to you, you hear the train chugging along and the whistle blowing in your mind. Auditory learners learn best by listening to instructions rather than having to read pages and pages of them. 

Auditory learners are best suited and happiest in careers such as the following:

  • Attorney
  • Psychiatrist or therapist
  • Guidance Counselor
  • Customer service professional
  • Musician
  • Sales Professional
  • Sound engineer
  • Translator
  • Speech pathologist
  • Disc jockeys
  • Journalists
  • Writers
  • Teachers
  • Audiologists

Kinesthetic Learning Style

You are a kinesthetic learner if you enjoy working with your hands and learn best by going through the motions. Kinesthetic learners are hands-on people who learn through experience.  

Kinesthetic learners find it challenging to sit still for long periods of time. They find lectures repulsive and fidget when forced to do so. They want to get up and move around.  

Kinesthetic learners are best suited and happiest in careers such as the following:

  • Physical education teacher
  • Sports and athletics
  • Carpenter or woodworker
  • Farmer or rancher
  • Mechanic
  • Machinist
  • Coach or personal trainer
  • Chef
  • Hospitality professional
  • Electrician
  • Veterinarian
  • Drama and dancing
  • Physical Therapist
  • Dressmaker
  • Jeweler
  • Computer games designer
  • Firefighter
  • Forest ranger
  • Personal trainer
  • Recreation Specialist
  • Surgeon
  • Yoga Instructor

If you are beginning your career or thinking of changing your career, consider matching your choice to your learning style to improve your chances of job happiness and career success.

I Am Here To Help

I would love to speak with you to determine if I can help you accomplish your goals. If you need guidance on your career, I am here to help.   If you find yourself in a situation where you need career advice or support and want to talk about planning for your future, reach out to me,  Rachel Schneider, at Career Find, for a free Intro Call.