You hear people blame their divorce on a myriad of things: infidelity, lack of communication, or the sense that they’re no longer in love with their partner. Career choice doesn’t usually enter the conversation—but maybe it should. Statistician Nathan Yau used data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Five-Year American Community Survey to tease out which occupations are tied to the highest divorce rates, and he uncovered some pretty interesting trends.
Before we reveal what he found, you need to know that the average divorce rate for Americans is much lower than what’s often cited. While you’ve likely heard that 50% of all marriages end in divorce, that’s not actually the case. According to data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the real number is about 30.8%, and that includes first, second, and even tenth marriages. When it comes to first marriages, it’s probably more accurate to say that about 20-25% of them end in divorce.
With that in mind, Yau’s analysis of the link between divorce rate and profession is especially intriguing, because it seems that people who’ve opted for certain careers have a much higher than average chance of getting divorced. Here’s a look at which occupations are linked to a high divorce rate, as well as some theories about why these jobs might put your marriage at risk.
1. Gaming managers
Topping the charts for the profession with the highest divorce rate at 52.9% are gaming managers, who are hired by casinos and companies operating game rooms to interact with customers and make sure they have a fun and memorable experience.
“They work in an area that involves exposure to alcohol and interact with lots of people in a very celebratory environment, which could result in someone straying,” says Patricia M. Barbarito, a managing partner at Einhorn Harris law firm in New Jersey.