Your occupation may predict the length of your marriage

2012-04-22 17:00

Your job might predict the length of your marriage

According to a study done at the Radford University in the United States people who are working in stressful jobs or extrovert environments have a much higher risk of getting divorced. While it is not surprising that marriages fail when spouses have jobs that demand long hours and unpredictable work cycles studies did find that a few occupations carried a higher risk for divorce than what one might expect.

One may assume that people working in extrovert environments like for example in the entertainment or hospitality industries, will obviously meet more people and have more opportunity to develop relationships with them but studies also found that people working in the nursing and caring-type professions have a higher risk of divorce than what one would normally expect.

There are many factors at play in the occupation that a person has. Your occupation defines the amount of hours you work, the mental toll it takes, and also the personality you may develop during the course of your employment and conversely, one may argue that the occupation you choose maybe a reflection of your personality.

It is believed that individuals who are habitually unhappy with their work often those in low-earning, low-skilled professions may transfer this dissatisfaction to their spouse and children. A frustrating job may lead to immature defences such as displacement onto others, especially one's closest family members.

A recent study by the Florida State University College of Business that questioned 400 working couples on the health of their relationship and how stressful their daily life was found that when work related stress strongly affects a couple, that couple risks a deteriorating relationship unless they are willing to emotionally support each other. When you are still angry or upset from yesterday's stress, your workday will likely go in only one direction – down. Whenever this type of stress permeates through a relationship, it either brings the couple together or splits it apart.

The study also found that not only does work stress at home affect a relationship, but it also makes spouses less alert and less focused at work.

The jobs with the highest divorce rate

Low divorce rates around 5 to 6% were reported for optometrists and podiatrists. Dancers (including the exotic variety), massage therapists and bartenders still top the list of occupations likely to result in divorce with a 38 - 43% divorce rate. Those who work in the evenings are a distinct disadvantage, because the marital friendship usually suffers, with ensuing significant loneliness.

The table below identifies that the highest divorce rates are for dancers, bartenders, and, all around 40%. The extroverted nature of these jobs may reflect a personality that is unwilling to commit.

The occupations with the lowest divorce rates (of less than 10%) mostly seem to be engineers.

Below is a list of some of the occupations and the corresponding divorce rates:


Divorce Rate

Dancers and choreographers43.05
Massage therapists38.22
Waiters and waitresses27.12
Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks25.94
Security guards and gaming surveillance officers23.67
Social workers23.16
Commercial divers22.98
Emergency medical technicians and paramedics22.75
Forest and conservation workers22.69
Agents and business managers of artists, performers, and athletes22.3
Meeting and convention planners22.24
Property, real estate, and community association managers22.12
Health diagnosing and treating practitioners, all other22.04
Food servers, nonrestaurant21.38
Taxi drivers and chauffeurs21.3
Court, municipal, and license clerks20.92
File Clerks20.91
Cargo and freight agents20.82
Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists20.58
Reservation and transportation ticket agents and travel clerks20.45
Receptionists and information clerks20.45
Medical, dental, and ophthalmic laboratory technicians20.31
Chefs and head cooks20.1
Telecommunications line installers and repairers19.85
Office and administrative support workers, all other19.85
Earth drillers, except oil and gas19.78
Textile, apparel, and furnishings workers, all other19.77
Transportation inspectors19.76
Tax examiners, collectors, and revenue agents19.19
Insurance claims and policy processing clerks19.18
Driver/sales workers and truck drivers19.14
Human resources, training, and labor relations specialists19.1
Medical and health services managers19.06
Butchers and other meat, poultry, and fish processing workers19.04
Computer support specialists18.93
First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers18.93
Archivists, curators, and museum technicians18.92
Office clerks, general18.9
Health diagnosing and treating practitioner support technicians18.71
Military enlisted tactical operations and air/weapons specialists and crew members18.68
Prepress technicians and workers18.66
Automotive body and related repairers18.64
Electrical and electronics repairers, industrial and utility18.62
Insurance underwriters18.5
Sewing machine operators18.5
Paper goods machine setters, operators, and tenders18.48
Bus drivers18.44
Models, demonstrators, and product promoters17.71
Couriers and messengers17.69
Producers and directors17.68
Financial specialists, all other17.21
Other life, physical, and social science technicians17.19
Real estate brokers and sales agents17.17
Artists and related workers17.13
Musicians, singers, and related workers17.11
Helpers–installation, maintenance, and repair workers17.08
Gaming managers17.06
Stationary engineers and boiler operators16.99
Retail salespersons16.99
Engineering technicians, except drafters16.97
Dieticians and nutritionists16.89
Child care workers16.83
Other installation, maintenance, and repair workers16.8
Heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians and mechanics16.75
Human resources managers16.69
Recreation and fitness workers16.57
Special education teachers16.55
First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers16.52
Lodging managers16.48
Tour and travel guides16.13
Travel agents16.09
Writers and authors15.92
First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers15.9
Mining machine operators15.89
Insurance sales agents14.83
Chemical processing machine setters, operators, and tenders14.83
Financial managers14.77
Electrical power-line installers and repairers14.76
Advertising and promotions managers13.05
Preschool and kindergarten teachers13.02
Elementary and middle school teachers12.93
Fire inspectors12.91
Personal financial advisors12.89
Judges, magistrates, lawyers and other judicial workers12.48
Aviation Pilots, Astronomers and physicists10.71
Chief executives9.81
Environmental engineers9.62
First-line enlisted military supervisors/managers9.57
Signal and track switch repairers9.41
Civil engineers9.35
Religious workers, all other9.35
Physicians, doctors and surgeons9.23
Mechanical engineers9.22
Medical scientists9.11
Physical scientists, all other8.79
Biomedical engineers8.74
First-line supervisors/managers of fire fighting and prevention workers8.68
Engineering managers8.52
Farmers and ranchers7.63
Chemical engineers7.48
Conservation scientists and foresters7.4
Nuclear engineers7.29
Sales engineers6.61
Directors, religious activities and education5.88
Transit and railroad police5.26


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