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Can one’s choice in career make divorce more likely?

On Behalf of | Aug 25, 2021 | Divorce |

Let’s face it, divorce is complicated, messy and not a fun experience. So, those that are married are often looking for ways to avoid it at all costs, even if they are not necessarily happy. One thing that many may have overlooked though, is their career. Can one’s choice in career actually make divorce more likely?

According to two websites, yes

Two websites,, a financial services website, and Zippia, a career website, looked at U.S. Census Data for young adults. They compared divorce rates to the divorcees’ careers to see if some careers had higher divorce rates than others. Surprisingly, the found that some careers do, in fact, have much higher divorce rates than average.

Military and police

At the top of both lists were active military, including first-line enlisted military supervisors, enlisted tactical operations and air weapons and military service generally. Of course, public safety and police officers were also similarly ranked. These jobs are likely at the top of these lists because they require long time periods away from the home, combined with the stress of not knowing whether a spouse will survive their shifts. This double whammy puts a huge strain on relationships because it both physically taxing (tasked that would usually be shared are only done by one spouse) and mentally exhausting (the constant worry of death or dismemberment).

Physically exhausting jobs

Most of the remaining jobs are labor intensive jobs that likely leave their participants exhausted, like Automotive Service and Avionic Technicians, Animal Caretakers, clerical jobs (i.e., secretaries, administrative assistants, etc.) and labor-based jobs (i.e., logging workers, winch operators, dredgers, conveyors, etc.), even skilled labor-based jobs, like Electricians and Electronic Equipment Mechanics, Installers and Repairers. These jobs likely have high divorce rates because the pay is usually relatively low, but even when it is not, they are extremely physically taxing jobs. This means that, at the end of the day, when the spouse returns home, they may not be able to physically devote themselves to their spouse as much as they would like.

Information, not life advice

One should probably not make life decisions based on these websites. Instead, our Houston, Texas, readers should take this as broad strokes. In other words, if one is not physically able to devote time to their spouse because of their work, then maybe, it is time to figure out a middle ground.