Law, education, and medical are professions suited for melancholic personality types. Specific occupations for melancholic people include archivists at museums or universities, geoscientists, film or video editors, and medical records technicians.
Melancholy personalities can aid in the establishment and maintenance of order within an organisation or office. Introverted and capable of analysing events and solving a wide range of difficulties, melancholic people often favour challenging occupations with limited or regulated social engagement. Court reporting, animal care, and service or machine repair are occupations that allow melancholic types to employ their analytical and problem-solving skills without requiring regular interaction with coworkers.
However, those with melancholic personalities should not limit themselves to jobs with little social interaction. In addition to the four basic temperament types of melancholic, sanguine, phlegmatic, and choleric, the majority of individuals exhibit two or more temperaments. For instance, MelSan, or individuals with a blend of melancholy and sanguine temperaments, like social interaction. Teaching and sales are opportunities for persons with MelSan temperaments.
Teaching, scholarly research, bookkeeping, and accounting are career opportunities for persons with a combination of melancholy and phlegmatic temperaments, or MelPhleg. In contrast to those with MelSan temperaments, those with MelPhleg temperaments dislike frequent social interaction.
In addition to personality type and temperament, other factors such as childhood experiences, geographic location, educational attainment, and physical health influence career decisions.