Special Report

Jobs With the Highest Divorce Rates

Cheyenne Buckingham, John Harrington

Source: Thinkstock

15. First-line supervisors of correctional officers
> Divorce rate: 46.9%
> Total employment: 43,230
> Median annual salary: $60,560
> Majority gender representation: Male, 65.6%

First-line supervisors of correctional officers work in extremely dangerous and stressful environments. They supervise workers who have one of the highest rates of injuries and illnesses, often as a result of confrontations with inmates. Because security must be provided 24 hours a day, supervisors work in shifts that cover all hours of the week, weekends and holidays. They are compensated above the national median average and the jobless rate for this occupation is extremely low. However, the demands of irregular hours often cut into family time for first-line supervisors of correctional officers.

Source: Thinkstock

14. Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses
> Divorce rate: 47.0%
> Total employment: 702,400
> Median annual salary: $44,090
> Majority gender representation: Female, 90.0%

Licensed practical and vocational nurses are like registered nurses in the sense that they, too, have to be alert and on their feet during those 12-hour shifts, but they get paid about $20,000 less than registered nurses who have more advanced education. Perhaps the lower pay supplemented by the long hours spent at work — sometimes in the middle of the night — may be factors that contribute to the high divorce rate. In 2014, one in five LPNs and LVNs worked part time.

Source: Nejron Photo / Shutterstock.com

13. Gaming cage workers
> Divorce rate: 47.3%
> Total employment: 18,810
> Median annual salary: $25,990
> Majority gender representation: Female, 83.3%

Gaming cage workers serve customers in gambling venues like casinos and racetracks. They tend slot machines, deal cards, take bets, or pay out winnings. Casinos are open 24 hours, and employees must work nights, weekends, and holidays. The median annual wage is about $10,000 less than the national median. And there are fewer and fewer jobs in the industry as witnessed by the closure of casinos in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The job growth in this group is forecast to be just 1% from 2014 to 2024.

Source: Thinkstock

12. Massage therapists
> Divorce rate: 47.8%
> Total employment: 95,830
> Median annual salary: $39,860
> Majority gender representation: Female, 80.6%

A massage therapist’s work is fairly intimate — they spend their day touching people with their fingers, elbows, forearms, and hands to deeply massage muscle tissue. Massages can be used for leisure or for medical purposes such as improving circulation or healing an injury. Self-employed massage therapists often times have to wear several hats, from self-branding and managing clients to buying supplies and maintaining financial records, leaving minimal spare time.

Source: Thinkstock

11. Telephone operators
> Divorce rate: 47.8%
> Total employment: 8,860
> Median annual salary: $37,000
> Majority gender representation: Female, 82.9%

Yes, telephone operators are still out there, but the long-time prospects for this occupation are bleak. According to the BLS, this occupation is one of the fastest declining in the United States. The BLS forecasts a drop of 42.2% in telephone operator jobs to 7,500 from 13,100 between 2014 and 2024. That grim outlook might cast a pall over a telephone operator’s home life.