Jobs That Are Marriage Killers – Divorce By Work

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Jobs—especially toxic ones—can sometimes put strain on a marriage. Whether it has to do with how much money you make, your employment status, or working too many hours (On second thought, are you sure that meeting ran late and someone wasn’t out having an affair?), when these kinds of issues arise in a marriage, they can sometimes lead to divorce.

While divorce rates vary by factors like race, age, and education level, new research shows that what kind of job you have can be a pretty powerful factor, too. Recently, statistician Nathan Yau of data site Flowing Data analyzed divorce stats from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2015 American Community Survey to calculate the divorce rate for people in different occupations.

And you know what, we kind of get why some of these jobs are marriage killers. Just imagine being married to that pesky telemarketer who won’t take no for an answer. Or that flight attendant, who had their head in the clouds when you got married but now has left you stranded at the gate.

All joking aside, the data reveals that some of the jobs with high divorce rates are in declining industries (think switchboard operators and telephone operators) or offer low pay (see machine operators and tenders)—two factors that can definitely affect your marriage.

The jobs where people tend to have stronger marriages make sense, too. Look at actuaries, for example, the profession with the lowest divorce rate. Considering that actuaries make a living off minimizing risks, there’s a strong chance they assessed the pros and cons of marriage beforehand. And forget what they say about love being blind. With optometrists’ marriages, we’re willing to bet it’s love at first sight because when an optometrist sets their sights on a potential partner, you’re practically guaranteed to be a 20/20 match. In fact, divorce isn’t common at all in the health care sector, as many professionals in this field, including physicians, dentists, podiatrists, physical therapists, and pharmacists, seem to have the cure to their marital problems.

Check out the list below to see what the divorce rate is for your industry and which jobs, specifically, have the highest and lowest divorce rates. And remember: When it comes to your job, you shouldn’t have to settle for better or for worse.

Jobs with the lowest divorce rate:

Actuaries 17%
Physical scientists 18.9%
Medical scientists and life scientist 19.6%
Clergy 19.8%
Software developers 20.3%
Physical therapists 20.7%
Optometrists 20.8%
Chemical engineers 21.1%
Religious and education directors 21.3%
Physicians and surgeons 21.8%
Biomedical and agricultural engineers 22%
Podiatrists 22.4%
Dentists 22.5%
Pharmacists 22.6%
Military enlisted tactical operations and air/weapons specialists and crew members 23%
Speech language pathologists 23.2%
Natural science managers 23.7%
Biological scientists 23.7%
Veterinarians 23.9%
Agricultural products graders and sorters 24%

Jobs with the highest divorce rate:

Gaming managers 52.9%
Bartenders 52.7%
Flight attendants 50.5%
Gaming service workers 50.3%
Rolling machine setters, operators, and tenders 50.1%
Switchboard operators 49.7%
Extruding and drawing machine setters, operators, and tenders 49.6%
Telemarketers 49.2%
Textile knitting and weaving machine operators and tenders 48.9%
Extruding, forming, pressing, and compacting machine setters, operators, and tenders 48.8%
Telephone operators 47.8%
Massage therapists 47.8%
Gaming cage workers 47.3%
Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses 47%
First-line supervisors of correctional officers 46.9%
Dancers and choreographers 46.8%
Dispatchers 46.6%
Textile winding, twisting, and drawing out machine operators 46.5%
Ambulance drivers and attendants 46.3%
Small engine mechanics 46.2%
Industries ranked from lowest to highest divorce rate:
Architecture and engineering 27.5%
Computers and mathematics 27.6%
Military 28.3%
Life, physical, and social science 28.5%
Education and library 30.1%
Health care 31.6%
Community and social services 32.5%
Farming, fishing, and forestry 33.0%
Finance 33.9%
Legal 35%
Arts and entertainment 35.2%
Management 35.7%
Business operations 36%
Construction and extraction 36.5%
Extraction 37.3%
Food preparation and serving 37.4%
Building and grounds cleaning 37.8%
Sales 38.2%
Production 38.9%
Health care support 39.2%
Installation, maintenance, and repair workers 39.3%
Personal care and service 39.6%
Protective services 40%
Transportation 40.5%
Office and administrative support 40.6%

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