Special Report

Jobs With the Highest Divorce Rates

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20. Small engine mechanics
> Divorce rate: 46.2%
> Total employment: 69,280
> Median annual salary: $35,280
> Majority gender representation: Male, 96.1%

Most small engine mechanics work full time. However, even this niche profession has its popular seasons. Specifically, the spring and summer is when these mechanics can expect to have a heightened workload. Why? Because that’s when motorcycles, motorboats, and motorized outdoor equipment such as lawn mowers are actively used and more often breaking down. During the fall and winter months, when these types of vehicles and machines are used sparingly, if at all, work isn’t as frequent. The seasonal work slowdown associated with this profession may cause stress in a marriage.

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19. Personal care aides
> Divorce rate: 46.2%
> Total employment: 1,492,250
> Median annual salary: $21,920
> Majority gender representation: Female, 84.9%

Personal care aides help clients with self care and everyday tasks. About 43% of such aides work with the elderly and people with disabilities. The job can be physically demanding, and it can take an emotional toll. The median pay is about $15,000 below the national median, and only three out of five aides work full time. The demands of the job may require working irregular schedules.

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18. Ambulance drivers and attendants, except emergency medical technicians
> Divorce rate: 46.3%
> Total employment: 17,300
> Median annual salary: $23,850
> Majority gender representation: Male, 73.7%

Jobs in transportation are likely to bring about tension in a partnership, particularly because workers in this field tend to work irregular hours. Ambulance drivers and attendants must be ready to assist those who call 9-1-1 get to the emergency room at any given time of the day. This high speed environment induces stress, especially because the drivers are the ones responsible for retrieving the patients and taking them to the hospital as quickly and safely as possible.

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17. Dispatchers
> Divorce rate: 46.6%
> Total employment: 293,090
> Median annual salary: $38,260
> Majority gender representation: Female, 55.8%

This is a broad category that includes police, fire, and ambulance dispatchers, as well as dispatchers involved in the conveyance of materials, freight, or passengers. Duties may include using radio, telephone, or computer to transmit reports on ongoing work assignments. Police, fire, and ambulance dispatchers are dealing with life and death situations that are sometimes difficult to leave at work.

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16. Dancers and choreographers
> Divorce rate: 46.8%
> Total employment: 15,220
> Median annual salary: $35,060
> Majority gender representation: Female, 70.6%

This profession is no joke. Dancers spend years training to perform in big productions, and nearly all choreographers start out as dancers. Relentless training and booking gigs in and out of one’s home state can certainly challenge a marriage. This industry is also incredibly competitive, with many more dancers than job openings.