People who are generally interested in activities that require attention to organization, data systems, detail, and accuracy. They tend to work well in large organizations and like to use information to solve problems efficiently. They might describe themselves as practical, well-organized, accurate, numerically inclined, conscientious, persevering, methodical, systematic, careful, efficient, respectful, thrifty, controlled, polite, and structured. It is important to remember that "conventional" in this sense does not refer to one's tendency to conform, but instead refers to a category of interests, skills, and values.

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Organization, data management, accounting, investing, information systems. Interests related to activities outside of work may include: collecting things, doing home improvement projects, managing family finances, playing board or video games, exercising, developing websites. Interests related to work activities may include: collecting/managing data, conducting financial analyses, updating computer software, managing an office, keeping records, writing business reports, making charts/graphs, organizing events.

"Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow." per O*Net Online


  • Gathering/searching for and retrieving data
  • Organizing/systematizing information
  • Computing numbers/calculating
  • Organizing spaces/environments
  • Prioritizing/planning
  • Noticing/remembering details
  • Evaluating/analyzing appraising
  • Managing time and priorities
  • Managing resources efficiently
  • Establishing systems/procedures
  • Demonstrating follow-through


  • Order
  • Accuracy
  • Stability
  • Precision
  • Predictability
  • Dependability
  • Organization
  • Practicality

Community & Activities

If you have Conventional interests, you could be interested in any of the career communities, so make sure to investigate all of them. These communities in particular could be a good place to start:

Below is a small sample of clubs and activities at UVA that may focus on Conventional themes and interests. The club directory will have even more options that you can explore.

  • Undergraduate Research Network (URN)
  • Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
  • University Programs Council (UPC)
  • Work Study/Student Wage Positions
  • Library Positions

Relevant Majors & Courses

Below are examples of majors at UVa that may focus on Conventional themes and interests.  This list is just a small sample of the majors available at UVA and is by no means exhaustive.  Explore the full list of undergraduate majors further  and be sure to speak with an Association Dean, Advisor, or Director of Undergraduate Programs if you have questions about the major.

  • Accounting
  • Computer Science
  • Finance
  • Economics: Financial Concentration
  • Information Technology
  • Mathematics
  • Statistics
  • Statistics: Actuarial Finance

Potential Occupations

O*Net Online provides selected occupations matching interest areas. Occupations are sorted by Job Zones that group occupations by required education, related experience, and on-the-job training. Please see O*Net Conventional occupations page for more options.  Again, this list is just a small sample of some of the occupations that relate to the Conventional theme.  Remember that most occupations have more than one theme associated with them, so if you don't see an occupation listed here, look at some of the other theme pages or search for that occupation on O*Net.

  • Accountant 
  • Actuaries
  • Administrative Assistant 
  • Auditors
  • Budget Analyst 
  • Business Manager  
  • Business Teacher 
  • Catalog Librarian 
  • City and Regional Planning Aides
  • Claims Adjuster 
  • Clinical Data Managers
  • Compliance Manager
  • Computer Operator
  • Congressional-District Aide
  • Court Reporter
  • Credit Manager
  • Customs Inspector
  • Database Administrators
  • Editorial Assistant
  • Elementary School Teacher
  • Financial Analyst 
  • Information Security Analysts
  • Insurance Manager or Underwriter
  • Medical Records Technician
  • Museum Registrar
  • Paralegal
  • Tax Accountant
  • Tax Consultant
  • Travel Agent