As most couples can attest, married life takes work. There isn't a single factor that ultimately determines what makes a marriage happy — but one new study shows that your career can at least have a strong influence.
Career site Zippia crunched some Census Bureau data to figure out which jobs and industries showed the highest divorce rates for those 30 and younger. Military jobs, by far, put the largest strain on marriages — perhaps unsurprisingly, considering the stress that constant deployments and moves can put on a family both emotionally and financially. First-line military supervisors (who coordinate and lead enlisted service members) were at the top of the list, with a 30% divorce rate.
Rounding out the top five were logisticians (those who coordinate a company's supply chain), automotive service technicians and mechanics; enlisted military tactical operations; and chemical technicians — all of which hovered in the 14% to 18% range.
When looking at the data by industry, however, there were some surprising findings. For one, the stale old stat that half of marriages end in divorce didn't really pan out. When looking broadly by industry, military marriages hovered at around a 15% divorce rate, and the other 24 industries with reported divorce rates were less than 10%. The legal, science and entertainment fields were among those at the bottom of the list, with divorce rates of about 4% or less.
While the study didn't dive deeper into why some professions were more prone to divorces than others, other research has found that financial issues are a big contributor. One Kansas State University study, for example, found that arguments about money were the top predictor of divorce among both men and women — even higher than arguments about children, sex or in-laws.
That's one reason why it's so important that money conversations remain a priority. Schedule talks like you schedule doctors' checkups, several times a year. And start by making sure you're both on the same page about ...
- Who handles what when it comes to managing finances (do you do the day-to-day bills while your spouse handles long-term savings and investing?)
- Your joint money goals (retirement, your kid's college)
- How you'll split the bills (50/50? Pro-rated by income? You take this bill, and I take that one?)
Yes, it'll take cooperation and compromise, but it's worth it. So here are some more tips on how to make sure you and your significant other keep a healthy money dialogue going.