How To Use Color Psychology Tests To Explore Career Options

By Indeed Editorial Team

January 25, 2022

Employers and candidates often use personality and psychology tests to determine if they are a good fit for positions. In addition to personality assessments like the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), methods like color psychology tests can match individual personality traits to complementary jobs.

In this article, we give an overview of color psychology tests and how they can help you select a career and improve your workplace relationships.

What is a color psychology test? 

A color psychology test is an assessment of your motivations, goals and how you are likely to act in certain situations based on color preferences or answers to personality questions. There are two main methods for color psychology testing:

Color preference

These tests display a panel of eight colors and ask you to rank them from most to least appealing. After a delay of usually 100 seconds, you choose the colors again without trying to match your previous answers. The tests assign values to each color, take the average between the two test sections and provide you with a summary of your personality. Some aspects include your main character traits, your sources of stress and your main objectives in life.

Short-answer questions

These tests present you with a series of questions and summarize your personality based on your answers. The questions ask how you think others perceive you and how you think of yourself. As with the color preference test, the short-answer assessment assigns each answer to a color category, tallies your answers and provides you with insight into your personality color.

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The four-color personality types

Like the MBTI, color psychology tests help you determine your personality type as it pertains to beliefs, motivations and desires. This process can help your job search by showing you which careers offer the best work environment, duties, salary, perks and advancement opportunities for your personality type.

While the color test—and other personality tests like it—can present certain career options to explore, it is important to understand that your satisfaction in a certain job is complex. For example, while orange personality types may enjoy freedom and spontaneity, you might also work best in structured but energetic environments. Remember to take nuances like these into account when searching for a job.

Depending on the color test, you may fall into a dominant color range or a combination of two or more. The choice of color labels, such as red or orange, vary by the specific test being offered. Since there is no one dominant test, be prepared to receive a variety of options. 

Please note that although you will be presented with a color type based on your answers, everyone has parts of all four colors in their personality—one or two are just likely more dominant in certain situations.

Several color psychology tests break down personalities into four colors. This one, for example, uses orange, gold (or yellow), green, and blue. It asks about a dozen questions to rank your likes and dislikes. Here’s a breakdown of possible test results and career choices:

1. Orange

If you’re an orange personality, you likely tend to be witty, spontaneous, generous, optimistic, eager and bold. You enjoy the freedom and ability to be spontaneous. You will generally have a positive outlook on life and high amounts of energy. In your career, you may value offering creative solutions to workplace challenges. You prefer flexibility in choosing how tasks are completed.

Consider these careers if you’re an orange personality:

Marketing specialist

National average salary: $57,891 per year

Primary duties: In this role, you will create and implement plans to market products and services. You will also analyze data, create reports and make recommendations to supervisors about future marketing plans.

Journalist

National average salary: $48,061 per year

Primary duties: In a journalist position, you will report on various current events. You could specialize in local, national or global coverage and work in a variety of print or digital media. As a journalist, you should have strong speech, writing and interpersonal skills.

Other possible careers for “orange” personalities include:

  • Advertising manager

  • Mechanic

  • Public speaker

  • Sculptor

  • Special events planner

2. Yellow (or gold)

As a yellow personality type, you are likely highly organized and detail-oriented. You might have a good memory for facts, statistics and deadlines, which could make coworkers more likely to rely on you when working on projects. This personality often makes smart financial decisions and likes to have things balanced and on track. You appreciate opportunities to take and display responsibilities, be a service to others, demonstrate leadership and organize things or people.

Here are two careers that might suit you as a yellow personality:\

Lawyer

National average salary: $74,606 per year

Primary duties: Lawyers can practice in a variety of fields, including family, criminal and business law. All fields will require researching case law and representing clients in legal proceedings. You will also need to maintain accurate records and file paperwork with government agencies.

Financial planner

National average salary: $72,305 per year

Primary duties: Financial planners are finance professionals who provide money management services and guidance to clients. You assess client finances and make plans for investments, retirement, savings and more. Financial planners can choose to become certified to sell specific investment products, refine their skills and knowledge and become more desirable candidates to prospective employers and clients. 

Other possible careers for “gold” personalities include:

  • Chief executive officer

  • Accountant

  • Court reporter

  • Logistician

  • Auditor

3. Green

If you fit in the green category, you probably tend to be a perfectionist and, analytical, conceptual, cool, calm, inventive and logical. Your ability to see multiple sides of an issue can make you adept at problem-solving, especially when working with a team. As a green personality, you might highly value feedback because it gives you a chance to develop your skills.

Here are two jobs that you might enjoy if you’re a green personality:

Research assistant

National average salary: $40,893 per year

Primary duties: In this role, you will be responsible for collecting and analyzing data for research studies, reading literature about prior studies, communicating with primary researchers and sometimes discussing your work with an organizational review board.

Copywriter

National average salary: $51,789 per year

Primary duties: As a copywriter, you will write material for various media such as blog posts, news articles and advertising. To succeed in this role, you will need highly developed grammar skills and research abilities. You’ll also work with clients and marketing directors, so being able to communicate effectively with others will help you in this position.

Other possible careers for “green” personalities include:

  • Forensic scientist

  • Veterinarian

  • Physician

  • FBI agent

  • Ecologist

4. Blue

If you’re a blue personality, you may tend to be enthusiastic, sympathetic, communicative, compassionate, idealistic, sincere and imaginative. You value relationships and working closely with others. Colleagues will likely appreciate your compassion and sincerity and how quick you are to help during challenges. You appreciate opportunities to demonstrate creativity, work with and mentor others and communicate.\

Some examples of ideal “blue” jobs include:

Mediator

National average salary: $51,121 per year 

Primary duties: As a mediator, you will help conflicting parties agree on business or family matters. For example, you might be responsible for helping two business partners decide how to share profits or aiding parents in agreeing on a custody plan for their child or children.

Mental health case manager

National average salary: $43,533 per year

Primary duties: In a mental health case manager position, you will support and counsel clients with a variety of mental health issues such as depression, anxiety and mood disorders. You might also coordinate with educational and governmental organizations to provide necessary lifestyle care to your patients.

Other possible careers for “blue” personalities include:

  • Human resource specialist

  • Registered nurse

  • High school teacher

  • Social worker

  • Rehabilitation counselor

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