rarely find the words “marriage” and “easy” in the same sentence; unless
that sentence is something like: “I can’t believe how easy some people
think marriage is…what kind of chemical makes a person think that?”
And now, University of Virginia researchers Shawn P. McCoy and Michael G. Aamodt
have shed light on another degree of marital difficulty by uncovering
the top careers that may bring in the green, but often have couples
seeing red – all the way to a divorce. Below are the top 10
Entertainers and performers, sports and related workers. (Divorce rate: 28.49%)
major surprise here. Beautiful bodies, big egos, lots of travel,
adoring fans, and for some, massive disposable income…add it all up, and
it kind of makes you wonder if that number is on the low side!
Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides. (Divorce rate: 28.95%)
Caregivers who spend all day helping others sometimes find that they
don’t have much left in the tank for their own relationships. They can
also struggle with not getting enough care from their own support
network (including their spouse) to help restore the balance.
Telephone operators. (Divorce rate: 29.30%)
This one seems a bit odd, until you think of two things: many operators
work shifts that aren’t always family-friendly, and if you literally
spent all day talking to people, how eager would you be to chat with
your spouse after coming home from a long, exhausting day of work?
Factory workers: food and tobacco (Divorce rate: 29.78%)
The study takes a bit of a tragic turn with this one, because the real
culprit here is the accidents, injuries and illnesses that food and
tobacco workers endure – which puts major pressure and stress on a
Gaming service worker. (Divorce rate: 31.35%)
The tragic theme continues, but in a more glamorous setting. Gaming
service workers are surrounded by temptations at every turn: from
gambling, to substance abuse, to dealing out cards for folks in search
of a fling.
Extruding machine operators (Divorce rate: 32.74%)
This one’s a bit of a head scratcher; at least as far as trying to
figure out why people who are so great at handling extruding machines
aren’t so great at keeping their marriage together. We’ll keep
scratching our heads on this one.
Gaming cage worker/cashier (Divorce rate: 34.66)
The reasoning here echoes the spiel for the Gaming Service Workers –
lots of temptation, lots of folks in search of instant gratification,
and lots of pressure (being stared at constantly by “the eye in the sky”
probably does something unhealthy to a person…)
Massage therapists (Divorce rate: 38.22)
No surprise here, although we certainly aren’t going to suggest that
nearly 4 in 10 Massage Therapists are heading for divorce because
they’re giving clients a happier ending than they ought to. It’s more
likely that spouses who have jealousy issues struggle mightily with what
their Massage Therapist significant other does for a living.
Bartenders (Divorce rate: 38.43)
you consider how many people go to bars in search of one-night stands
(that usually only last about 30 minutes, anyway), or who lend a
sympathetic ear to spouses-in-distress, it’s a wonder that this number
isn’t higher. Really, the 61.53% of bartenders who keep their marriage
together should get some kind of medal of distinction. Or at least a
free drink now and then.
Dancers and choreographers (Divorce rate: 43.05)
let you imaginations run wild (perhaps frolicking and gyrating on the
dance floor, if you wish) to figure out why this group is divorcing most
often. Hint: it probably has to do with all of that frolicking and
gyrating; not to mention Olympian bodies, lots of sweat, and skin-tight
clothing might we well be painted on.