These are the best and worst careers for marriage

In a country where about half of all marriages result in divorce, marriage can end for a variety of reasons. Career site Zippia investigated the likelihood of people's occupations contributing to their decision to divorce. According to the 2017 study, researchers compiled data from the U.S. Census Bureau to find out which careers had the highest and lowest divorce rates.

Researchers looked at specific divorce rates based on individual positions by age 30 and found that three different military jobs landed spots in the top 10 worst careers for your marriage. The number one worst ranked job was first-line enlisted military supervisors at a 30% divorce rate. Several other engineers and technicians make up the rest of the list.


  • First-line enlisted military supervisors
  • Logisticians
  • Automotive service technicians and mechanics
  • Military enlisted tactical operations and air weapons
  • Chemical technicians
  • Military, rank not specified
  • Nonfarm animal caretakers
  • Library assistants, clerical
  • Engineering technicians, except drafters
  • Diagnostic related technologists and technicians
  • Medical assistants
  • Carpenters
  • Administrative service managers
  • Probation officers and correctional treatment
  • Tax examiners and collectors and revenue agents

On the other end of the study, researchers also found a list of jobs where people in those roles are less likely to go through divorce. While most of the jobs in the above list rank with an 8% to 30% likelihood of divorce, the following careers turned out to have an approximately 5% likelihood of ending in divorce.


  • Television, video and motion picture camera operators
  • Religious workers
  • Speech-language pathologists
  • Dentists
  • Management analysts
  • Architectural and engineering managers
  • Chief executives and legislators
  • Transportation, storage and distribution managers
  • Miscellaneous legal support workers
  • Special education teachers
  • Sales and related workers
  • Military officer special and tactical operations leaders
  • Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail and farm
  • Mechanical engineers
  • Personal care and service workers

The good new is: Every marriage is different, so even if you or your spouse have a career in the "worst" category, don't take it too much to heart.