Aptitudes are the inborn talents needed to learn certain tasks, [Alina Myers] said. Every occupation uses specific aptitudes. Doctors and assembly line workers, for example, both need a high degree of dexterity. Computer programmers, on the other hand, depend on a keen sense of analytical reasoning. Architects need a strong ability to visualize how structures are built. Managers need to be good with people and adept at scheduling, organizing and solving problems.
The Rockport Institute uses aptitude testing as part of an overall career-choice program that usually takes several sessions to complete. The cost for the full program ranges from $750 to $1,500. Aptitude testing alone costs $350 to $450. Clients decide what they want to get out of the program, such as how to fine-tune a career or what is needed to change jobs, before the sessions begin, [Nicholas Lore] said. "We have criteria for success," he said. "At the end of the program, 87 percent have said they got everything out of it that they had wanted."
Lee Hect Harrison Inc., an outplacement consulting firm with headquarters in New York, offers aptitude testing as part of its package to companies. Sharon Bray, vice president and director of professional services at the firm's office in San Jose, said that after a client is interviewed and major career achievements are described, the consultant will analyze the worker's skills, values and motivational requirements. Aptitude testing is included in a package of outplacement services that range from $1,500 for a one-day workshop to 17 percent of an executive's salary.
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