Your Career Choice Could Affect Your Marriage, According To This Study (by J. Chang)
This story originally appeared on LearnVest as “These Jobs Have the Highest and Lowest Divorce Rates.”
As most couples can attest, married life takes work. There isn’t a single factor that ultimately determines what makes a marriage happy — but one new study shows that your career can at least have a strong influence.
Career site Zippia crunched some Census Bureau data to figure out which jobs and industries showed the highest divorce rates for those 30 and younger.
Military jobs, by far, put the largest strain on marriages — perhaps unsurprisingly, considering the stress that constant deployments and moves can put on a family both emotionally and financially.
Rounding out the top five were logisticians (those who coordinate a company’s supply chain), automotive service technicians and mechanics; enlisted military tactical operations; and chemical technicians — all of which hovered in the 14% to 18% range.
When looking at the data by industry, however, there were some surprising findings. For one, the stale old stat that half of marriages end in divorce didn’t really pan out. When looking broadly by industry, military marriages hovered at around a 15% divorce rate, and the other 24 industries with reported divorce rates were less than 10%. The legal, science and entertainment fields were among those at the bottom of the list, with divorce rates of about 4% or less.
While the study didn’t dive deeper into why some professions were more prone to divorces than others, other research has found that financial issues are a big contributor.