Want to Stay Married? Don’t Get Into These Lines of Work!

Tim Sackett Career Advice, Communication, Culture, employee experience, Risks, Science, The HR Profession, Tim Sackett

I’m a child of divorce. I know, right, cry me a river. 

I was never the kid who blamed everything wrong in my life on divorce. On the contrary, I think being a child of divorce probably gave me a leg up on all these soft kids who grew up in a nuclear family and never had to question if Dad was ever coming home again. 

I thought it was cool that my parents were divorced. I mean two Christmases, parents trying one-up each other on vacations, all the cool relationships I had with therapists. Oh, and don’t forget about the ability to get everyone to feel sorry for you at the drop of a hat. It was pretty sweet, I’m not going to lie. 

That’s why I loved a recent article I just read that showed the occupations with the highest and lowest divorce rates. All the dots started to connect! Like most lies that the media loves to perpetuate, it turns out that while 1 out 2 marriages fail, it’s not even across all marriages, demographics, occupations, etc. Like, crackheads are way more likely to get divorced than preachers. Who knew!?! 

So, if you’re bouncing around after your third failed marriage, here are the types of people you should be trying to get with on Tinder:

Occupation Divorce rate
Actuaries 17%
Physical Scientists 18.9%
Medical Scientists, and Life Scientists 19.6%
Clergy 19.8%
Software Developers, Applications and Systems Software Specialists 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%

So, let’s break this down a bit!

Actuaries, Engineers, and Scientists, I completely get. Those people are nerds, and if you marry them, they will never leave you, unless you open up one of their Star Wars figures they’ve had in the original packaging since 1983. 

Clergy and religious others, sure, I guess, it’s actually part of the job description. Plus, how are you going to get all those parishioners to give you more money if you’re sleeping around instead of doing God’s work? 

Now, let’s talk about Doctors. This one statistically is correct, but not because docs are really great people. Most of the dude docs I know are big philanderers. But they also tend to marry people who are fake; who care more about the country club and the never-ending bank account than who their spouse is getting with. 

Now, a Physical Therapist, that’s the real deal. They want to help people get better and stronger, plus that’s who I married and it has worked out, so there’s a little confirmation bias on that one! 

Who shouldn’t you marry? 

Profession Divorce rate
Gaming Managers 52.9%
Bartenders 52.7%
Flight Attendants 50.5%
Gaming Services Workers 50.3%
Rolling Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, metal and plastic 50.1%
Switchboard Operators, Including Answering Service 49.7%
Extruding and Drawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, metal and plastic 49.6%
Telemarketers 49.2%
Textile Knitting and Weaving Machine Operators 48.9%
Extruding, Forming, Pressing, and Compacting Machine Setters, Operators and Tenders 48.8%

Let me break this down and make it a bit easier:

  1. Don’t marry anyone involved in casinos.
  2. Don’t marry a Bartender or anyone who serves drinks, like Flight Attendants (so I guess all those flight attendant stories are true!).
  3. Don’t marry hourly Manufacturing Workers.

That’s not me saying this, that’s what the statistics say!

I don’t understand the Telemarketer thing, except maybe it’s because they are stuck in the phone farm all day, 13 inches away from some guy named Jerry, who’s super into his body and is basically telling your wife how beautiful she is all day. I’m guessing.

So, what occupations are more or less likely to get divorced in your experience? Come on Recruiters, we should have all the inside information on this! Hit me in the comments!

Tim Sackett

If you Google “Tim Sackett” you’ll find our Tim, and a truck driver chaplain. Our Tim is NOT the truck driver chaplain, although how awesome would that be if he was!? He is a prolific writer in the HR and TA space who just happens to also run an Engineering and IT contract staffing agency (HRU Technical Resources) out of Michigan. He also writes every day at his own blog, the Tim Sackett Project. Weirdly, he’s known as an expert in workplace hugging, which was kind of cool years ago, but now seems painfully creepy, but we still love him and he’s fairly harmless. Tim is also on the board of the Association of Talent Acquisition Professionals (ATAP), lifetime Michigan State Spartan fan, husband to a Hall of Fame wife, 3 sons, and his best friend Scout. He also wrote a book with SHRM called The Talent Fix, you can find it on Amazon.