If you have had the opportunity to be involved in the military, you likely know that it’s a very specific kind of life. You move often, face danger that civilians do not and may have to be away from home for long periods of time. This kind of life isn’t for everyone, and it can put a strain on your relationships.
It’s not just military members who could have shorter marriages as a result of their careers, though. In fact, the career you choose could determine if your marriage is meant to last. Interestingly, being in the military itself doesn’t make you more or less likely to get divorced than other careers. Being a casino owner, on the other hand, increases your risk of divorce to around 52 percent. Comparatively, salaried professionals such as physical scientists have a divorce rate closer to 18 percent.
Why does the divorce rate vary? It comes down to several factors. Money is a major concern, so families on a salary tend to be able to handle the ups and downs of the economy and daily life better. High-risk jobs or jobs that lead to long times apart strain personal relationships. Jobs in religion and medicine tend to have lower divorce rates, perhaps because of the dedication it already takes to be in those fields.
Remember, those who take on careers tend to come from similar demographics with a tendency to have similar backgrounds. This could also play a role in the overall risk of divorce. Anyone in any career can get a divorce, though, so preparing with a prenuptial agreement could help you regardless of who you are or who you marry.
Source: Entrepreneur, “The 10 Jobs With the Highest Divorce Rates, and the 10 With the Lowest,” Rose Leadem, Feb. 27, 2018