If You Enter One of These Professions, You Have a Higher Risk of Divorce

We're not saying you should switch careers, but...


We’ve all heard that half of all marriages end in divorce, but as it turns out, this has never been the case in the United States (although these are the signs your marriage could end in divorce). In recent decades, divorce rates have actually steadily decreased over time. Even when divorce rates were at their highest, the percentage of marriages that ended in divorce in the U.S. never exceeded 41 percent, but “41 percent of all marriages end in divorce” just isn’t quite as catchy. 

No relationship is the same, and, in turn, no end to a relationship is the same. In an ideal world, everyone would be able to compartmentalize work life and home life, but new research from statistician Nathan Yau suggests that occupation is a major influencer in one’s likelihood of divorce. The research from pulled data from the Census Bureau’s 5-year American Community Survey. (Looking to keep your marriage fresh? Here’s how you can strengthen your relationship in just one day.)

The findings showed a stark gap between the profession with the highest divorce rate and the profession with the lowest divorce rate; Actuaries have an average divorce rate of 17 percent, while gaming managers have an average divorce rate of 52.9 percent, a percentage swing of nearly 36 points. The top 10 highest-divorcing job fields were as follows:

  • Gaming managers (52.9 percent)
  • Bartenders (52.7 percent)
  • Flight attendants (50.5 percent)
  • Gaming services workers (50.3 percent)
  • Rolling machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic (50.1 percent)
  • Switchboard operators (49.7 percent)
  • Extruding and drawing machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic (49.6 percent)
  • Telemarketers (49.2 percent)
  • Textile knitting and weaving machine operators (48.9 percent)
  • Extruding, forming, pressing, and compacting machine setters, operators, and tenders (48.8 percent)

The professions who were most secure from divorce were as follows:

  • Actuaries (17 percent)
  • Physical scientists (18.9 percent)
  • Medical and life scientists (19.6 percent)
  • Clergy (19.8 percent)
  • Software developers, applications and systems software (20.3 percent)
  • Physical therapists (20.7 percent)
  • Optometrists (20.8 percent)
  • Chemical engineers (21.1 percent)
  • Directors of religious activities and education (21.3 percent)
  • Physicians and surgeons (21.8 percent)

Surprised about the results? Depending on where your occupation falls on this list, it may be time to chat with your significant other about how to avoid becoming another statistic. If you are facing some marriage tumult, watch out for these 5 red flags revealed by divorcées.

[Source: Entrepreneur]