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Census Data Reveals Divorce Rate Based on Occupation

There's nothing groundbreaking with this new data, but according to researchers at the University of Radford, there are certain jobs that seem to be a curse on marriage, while others offer stability. The researchers used the 2000 Census (it'll be interesting to see how these numbers change with the 2010 data) and broke down divorce by occupation. Dancers and choreographers, bartenders, Massage therapists, gaming cage workers, extruding machine operators, and gaming services workers had the highest divorce rates. Media and communications equipment workers, agricultural engineers, optometrists, transit and railroad police, and clergy had the lowest divorce rate. Can you spot the common thread in both of these lists? For the most part—and previous studies have confirmed—jobs that require higher education translate into a lower divorce rate. Some reasoning is that higher education improves socioeconomic status, which relieves some stresses of life and prevents fights. Of course, nothing is a guarantee for higher or lower educated couples, but it's hard to ignore hard data. Here's a breakdown by percentage of divorce per occupation:

Most Divorced by Industry (With divorce rate):
Dancers and choreographers: 43.05%
Bartenders: 38.43%
Massage therapists: 38.22%
Gaming cage workers: 34.66%
Extruding machine operators: 32.74%
Gaming services workers: 31.35%
Factory workers: Food and tobacco: 29.78%
Telephone operators: 29.30%
The Least Divorced Occupations:
Media and communications equipment workers: 0%
Agricultural engineers: 1.78%
Optometrists: 4.01%
Transit and railroad police: 5.26%
Clergy: 5.61%
Directors, religious activities: 5.88%
Sales engineers: 6.61%
Podiatrists: 6.81%
Nuclear engineers: 7.29%

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