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Which Occupations Have the Highest Divorce Rates?

Most people think that policemen have the highest divorce rates, but actually, it's not true. In fact, law enforcement officers are about three times less likely to divorce than dancers and choreographers, bartenders and massage therapists. According to the U.S. census, only about 15% of law enforcement officers are divorced, but almost half of all dancers, bartenders and massage therapists are. The law enforcement positions with the highest divorce rate are, surprisingly, fish and game wardens.

Other facts on divorce and occupation:

  • Other occupations with high divorce rates include casino workers, telephone operators and nurses. Though it's not certain, it is thought that the stress of such jobs leads to a higher divorce rate.

  • The occupations with the lowest divorce rates are agricultural and nuclear engineers, clergy and optometrists.

  • Married couples working in the same occupation are more likely to divorce than those working in different professions.
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