Which Professions Divorce the Most, and Why?

Posted by Josh Valentine | Apr 16, 2021

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

  1. 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.

  2. Bartenders: 52.7%
    Bartending ticks almost all the boxes for occupation stressors on a marriage: low salary, irregular hours, and job instability.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

About the Author

Josh Valentine

You could say Josh has a God-given ability for sustaining long-term relationships. He and his wife first met in elementary school and went to Gardner Webb University (GWU) together, where they tied for number 1 in their class. Then, they both started law school on the same day of their graduation and got married during their first semester. He has also known his law partner Blake Caulder since Kindergarten. Theirs is the perfect partnership. “He’s the brake; I am the accelerator,” Josh says. Both Josh and his wife attended an innovative program at Charlotte Law School that allowed them to complete law school in two years instead of the typical three. His wife graduated and passed the North Carolina bar at age 20, becoming one of the youngest attorneys in the state. He readily admits she’s smarter than him. Of course, Josh went on to pass the North Carolina State Bar himself and later the South Carolina State Bar. While in school, he was Associate Editor of the Law Review and received accolades like Phi Delta Phi International Legal Honor Society membership, Order of the Crown, Pro Bono Honors, CALI Awards (highest grade). In his career as a lawyer, he has been admitted to the United States Federal Court for the Western District of North Carolina, is a member of the American Association of Premier DUI Attorneys, and completed training for DWI Detection & Standardized Field Sobriety Testing. Josh has also been named to the Top 40 Under 40 for Criminal Defense by The National Trial Lawyers, the Business North Carolina 2019 Legal Elite for Criminal Defense, and the 10 Best Attorneys for Client Satisfaction by the American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys three years in a row (2016, 2017, and 2018). Community involvement has been important to Josh all his life. In high school, he participated in building a Holocaust museum that has become internationally regarded. He and his wife are actively engaged in animal rescue, which currently means seven cats and two kittens. He served in prison ministry and assisted with fundraiser banquets there, and he provides pro bono and reduced fee legal services to those in need. As if all of that weren’t enough, Josh also mentors high risk youth and helps with his church’s youth group. He participates in other community volunteer projects involving construction, remodeling, drywall, painting, and landscaping. He’s an active student of the Bible and has traveled to Israel, Brazil, and Europe for mission work. No one can say Josh isn’t a well-rounded individual. In his spare time, he likes to play softball, basketball, and tennis, and he can play the piano and trombone. Sometimes on weekends, believe it or not, he enjoys pouring and finishing concrete with friends who own a concrete and grading business. In his law practice, Josh has made it a point to develop positive relationships with officers, clerks, and district attorneys, which has proven invaluable in delivering positive results for his clients. It’s important to him to both listen to his clients and fight for them. Law enforcement officers have important responsibilities to keep our communities safe and uphold the law, but one of the responsibilities of attorneys is to make sure officers do their job correctly. Josh considers it his job to hold them accountable for their actions. Josh is a person of deep faith. He knows that the established order of our universe and strength of America’s Judeo-Christian influenced court system is built on God’s word. His passion to serve each client with innovation, excellence and integrity is a byproduct of his faith. When asked why he became a lawyer, Josh says, “All through my life, I have personally witnessed family members and very close friends endure divorce, child custody battles, bankruptcy, civil lawsuits, and even fraudulent criminal accusations. I both saw and experienced the stress such events can place on an individual, and I realized that everyone, at some point in their life, needs hope, comfort, and encouragement. In each one of those situations, the person who was best situated to provide that vital support was their lawyer. So that’s why I became an attorney. I understand what you are going through, and I’m here to help you. Our office is focused on meeting your needs and guiding you through what may be the most difficult time of your life.” Education: Charlotte School of Law J.D., Magna Cum Laude Class Rank – 21 of 328 Associate Editor of Charlotte School of Law Law Review Certification and Concentration in Employment Law Phi Delta Phi International Legal Honor Society Order of the Crown Pro Bono Honors CALI Awards (Highest Grade)—Lawyering Process I and Contracts I Full Scholarship Gardner-Webb University B.S. in Accounting, Summa Cum Laude Distinguished Senior Student Award – Highest GPA Alpha Sigma Lambda National Honorary Society Bar Admissions: North Carolina State Bar