What Professions Have the Highest Rate of Divorce?

Divorce is never an easy process, but it is increasingly becoming more common. Studies suggest that people in certain professions are more likely to get divorced than others. In this blog post, we will delve into some of the professions with high divorce rates and explain why some careers are more challenging to maintain a healthy marriage. 

Healthcare Professionals 

Despite the crucial nature of their work, healthcare professionals often face high levels of job-related stress. Long shifts, working weekends, and dealing with life-or-death situations can take a toll on their personal lives.  

As a result, many medical professionals struggle to maintain a work-life balance, leading to strained relationships and a high divorce rate. According to a LendingTree study, home health aides, nursing assistants, licensed practical and vocational nurses, and medical assistants are amongst the top ten occupations with the highest divorce rates.  


When it comes to divorce rates among professions, bartenders lead the pack. One of the most significant factors contributing to the high divorce rate among bartenders is their unconventional work schedule.

Most bartenders work during prime party hours, often staying out until the wee hours of the morning. This late-night lifestyle can put a strain on relationships, as it often leads to misaligned schedules between spouses, resulting in less quality time spent together. 

Other reasons that bartenders have such a high divorce rate include:  

  • High-stress environments. The bartending profession is not for the faint-hearted. It demands being in a high-stress environment, handling multiple tasks simultaneously, and dealing with a diverse range of customers—some of whom may be inebriated or aggressive. The constant stress can spill over into personal life, leading to tension and conflict in relationships. 

  • The role of alcohol. Alcohol plays a pivotal role in the high divorce rate among bartenders. Not only do bartenders work in environments saturated with alcohol, but they also often partake in drinking. Excessive consumption of alcohol can lead to regrettable actions and decisions, which could have detrimental effects on a marriage. 

  • Constant interaction with others. Bartending involves continuous interaction with a wide variety of individuals, including those of the opposite sex. While this interaction is part of the job, it can spark feelings of jealousy or insecurity in a relationship, especially when coupled with the late-night party atmosphere that pervades most bars.  

Military Personnel 

Research suggests that servicemembers have nearly double the national average divorce rate. The national average is 1.69%, while the divorce rate for those in military work is 3.09%.  

Military life involves frequent moves, unpredictable work schedules, and long periods of time spent away from home. This unusual job structure can make maintaining a successful marriage difficult. The stress of regular deployments, prolonged physical separation, and the danger of combat can lead to a higher divorce rate than among civilians. 

Moreover, the nature of military work can also contribute to higher divorce rates. Exposure to violence and traumatic events can lead to emotional trauma, with conditions such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) becoming a grim reality for many servicemen and women. Such emotional distress can greatly affect a person's ability to maintain healthy relationships and may result in marital breakdown. 

Flight Attendants 

With the constant stress of flight delays, long journeys, and a changing time zone, flight attendants have consistently been ranked among the professions with high divorce rates. Living out of suitcases, irregular work hours, and constantly operating in a different time zone can make it hard to maintain a successful marriage. 

Entertainment Professionals 

Entertainment is a high-risk industry for marriages, with divorce rates among celebrities standing at a staggering 52%. This statistic shows that most celebrities have experienced at least one divorce. Pursuing a career in entertainment can come with a lot of pressure, temptation, and long hours of work, coupled with constant traveling. All these can affect relationships negatively. 

Hospitality Professionals 

Working in the hospitality industry, including hotels, restaurants, and bars, can put a strain on one’s marriage. Studies suggest that hospitality workers' divorce rate ranges from 38% to 43%. It's a career where long hours, late work shifts, and working during weekends and holidays are common. Such unpredictable schedules, coupled with the temptation to engage in extramarital affairs with customers, can make it hard to maintain a healthy relationship. 

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