What is this

The MIPII, Multilingual Iconographic Professional Interest Inventory, is an inventory to measurement professional interests. It uses, as stimulus, the graphic representation of some jobs accompanied by their naming. Each job, in order to reduce the impact of gender bias, is represented in both the male and female versions. Moreover, to facilitate the compilation by people with different language skills. The drawings are accompanied by the name of the job in 6 languages: Arabic, German, English, Spanish, French and Italian.

What does it measure?

It measures the interest in the following 19 professional areas, each represented by 5 jobs for a total of 95 items:

  • Agriculture
  • Hospitality
  • Art
  • Classical
  • Economy
  • Building
  • Aesthetics
  • Juridical
  • Information technology
  • Linguistics
  • Security
  • Music
  • Health
  • Sciences
  • Social
  • Technology
  • Transport
  • Tourism
  • Sport

How it measures

The person is asked to indicate, on the appropriate answer sheet, how much he or she is interested in each job using the following 5 point Likert scale:


  1. Not at all interesting
  2. Slightly interesting
  3. Moderately interesting
  4. Very interesting
  5. Extremely interesting


To reduce the risk of collecting unreliable replies, there is also the possibility of selecting the option "I don't know it".

With whom to use it

Although it has been designed with students aged between 8 and 13, and subsequently tested with students aged 14 to 18, it is believed that it can also be used with different targets, although at the moment there are no studies to prove it. Two targets, in particular, could benefit from the use of this method of measuring professional interests:

  • people of foreign origin, from whom it would not be possible to obtain reliable data by administering a questionnaire in a language that is not well known to them;
  • people with reading difficulties or dyslexia, for which an instrument of this type should be more suitable not requiring a large effort to read.