There are several reasons why married couples don't stay together, and these reasons may change over time. One factor that has remained a reliable predictor of marital success over the last few decades, however, is occupation.
Specifically, financial stability is a significant factor in marital success, and financial stability is related to occupation. Professions with job instability, low salary, dangerous working conditions, long hours, and a lot of travel can put stress on a marriage.
With these factors in mind, which professions divorce the most? The list below is based on statistician Nathan Yau's analysis, who took data from the U.S. Census Bureau's 2015 American Community Survey. You can read more about his analysis and see visualizations of his data on FlowingData.
10 Professions with High Divorce Rates
Gaming and casino managers: 52.9%
As managers of risk and uncertainty, gaming and casino managers tend to have the highest divorce rates. Working odd hours probably doesn't help much either.
Bartending ticks almost all the boxes for occupation stressors on a marriage: low salary, irregular hours, and job instability.
Flight attendants: 50.5%
It can be difficult to maintain a meaningful relationship with your spouse if they have to travel constantly. Traveling so often can make someone irritable, putting more stress on a marriage.
Industrial machine operators: 50.1%
Three types of industrial machine operators cracked the top 10 in Yau's analysis. Usually working in factories or plants, these employees work in more dangerous conditions.
Switchboard operators: 49.7% and telemarketers: 49.2%
With a mean annual salary of almost half the national rate and the stress of dealing with customers over the phone all day, telephone operators tend to have a high divorce rate.
Massage therapists: 47.8%
Divorce rates for people working in healthcare support vary depending on which job they have. While physical therapists tend to have low rates, massage therapists are in the top 10.
Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses: 47%
You would think the irregular shifts and stressful work environment would make most healthcare workers likely to get a divorce. But doctors tend to have lower divorce rates; the high rates are more common among nurses than any other healthcare profession.
First-line supervisors of correctional officers: 46.9%
Correctional supervisors and officers often work overtime and may encounter stress dealing with the individuals they work with.
Dancers and choreographers: 46.8%
Dancers and choreographers don't tend to earn a high salary, plus their chosen profession often requires their full attention—sometimes to the detriment of their marriage.
Small engine mechanics 48.2%
Mechanics and other automotive service technicians usually must work nights and weekends, have a high rate of injury and illness, and tend to do physically taxing work. All of these factors can impact a marriage.
Whatever the reason behind your separation from your spouse, going through a divorce is never easy. A qualified North Carolina divorce attorney in Gastonia can help you navigate the legal complications you're facing. If you have questions about your divorce, contact Caulder & Valentine today.