Considering there's so much more to life than your job, you'd think that your place of business would have no correlation to the success of your marriage. As it turns out, that's not the case at all. In fact, according to 2015 data from the U.S. Census Bureau's Five-Year American Community Survey, there's a strong link between divorce and certain careers — whether it's having a high or low rate.
Statistician Nathan Yau uncovered which 10 occupations have the lowest divorce rates, as well as which 10 occupations have the highest divorce rating. While some statistics were unsurprising, like bartenders having a 52.7% divorce rate, others were definitely baffling. For instance, we're a bit puzzled as to why switchboard operators have a divorce rate of 49.7%. In the video above, we've listed the occupations with the highest divorce ratings. Below, you'll find the lowest:
The 10 occupations with the lowest divorce rates:
- Actuaries — 17%
- Physical scientists — 18.9%
- Medical and life scientists — 19.6%
- Clergy — 19.8%
- Software developers, applications and systems software — 20.3%
- Physical therapists — 20.7%
- Optometrists — 20.8%
- Chemical engineers — 21.1%
- Directors, religious activities and education — 21.3%
- Physicians and surgeons — 21.8%
As mentioned in the headline, if you're looking to snag a new career, perhaps the 10 options above are your safest bet. As it happens, a lot of those occupations pay good money as well. Perhaps that's one of the reasons they lead to less divorce — nothing strains a marriage like money problems.
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