If you don’t want to get divorced, then enrol yourself in actuary studies.
Actuaries, whose job is to predict and manage risk and uncertainty, fittingly have the lowest divorce rate, at 17%.
This was then followed by physical scientists, life scientists, clergy, and software developers.
If you’re into pokie machines, sports bet or blackjack, you might roll the dice and get married to a casino manager.
Gaming managers have the highest divorce rate, at nearly 53%.
There are many other factors which researchers claim impact rates of divorce.
These range from unmet expectations to a loss of intimacy in the relationship.
Divorce in Australia was relatively rare until the introduction of the Family Law Act in 1975, which established the principle of ‘no-fault divorce’.
This means the court will not consider which party is at fault for the dissolution of the marriage.
Since the introduction of ‘no-fault’ divorce in Australian law, family law experts note that the rate of divorce increased substantially.
What does the research say?
A recent report shows that if you are an actuary, you have a divorce rate of 17%.
In contrast, bartenders and gaming managers indicated divorce rates at 52% and 53% respectively.
You may conclude that this is because bartenders are generally in a profession where they may be more flirtatious and chatty than those who are actuaries.
However, this does not explain the comparative divorce rates of other professions.
For example, why professions such as phlebotomists (medical professionals trained to draw blood from patients) show higher levels of marital stability than librarians.
To resolve this, researchers from the Institute of Family Studies examined the data further.
This involved considering the minimum levels of education and median incomes for the 10 professions most likely and least likely to divorce.
The findings were staggering.
They showed that of the 10 professions most likely to divorce, none required more education than a high school diploma.
The median income amongst the 10 professions most likely to divorce was less than AUD $44,837.
Of the 10 professions least likely to divorce, all required a Bachelor’s Degree.
Scientists, software developers and physical therapists were amongst the professions with the lowest divorce rates.
The median income for these individuals (excluding clergy) was at least AUD$96,079.
Job prospects were also examined; with prospects for the most-likely-to-divorce professions expected to decline, and prospects for the least-likely-to-divorce professions on the upswing.
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What are the implications?
The research indicates that social class and divorce are interrelated.
The findings correlate with what family law experts already understood about marital stability.
Although professions in the category of most likely to divorce have a lower median income, this does not necessarily cause the divorce itself.
Professions with high job prospects have greater income stability and in turn, greater rates of marital stability.
This corresponds to the nature of marriage itself.
Marriage is a commitment to willingly- legally, financially and emotionally- share joint resources.
Commitment to a partner with an unstable income and low job prospects can diminish the ability for the couple to save money and consequently cause strain on the relationship.
In doing so, this leads to a risk of higher divorce rates.
The future of work and its effect on divorce
After careful analysis of the data, family law experts suggests that people with unstable jobs are more likely to get divorced.
However, the workplace continues to change, with the rise of disruptive technology creating an enormous degree of labour displacement.
This means professions that are characterised by low job prospects will change over time.
Only time will tell if, and how, the future of work and changing nature of professions will impact the rates of divorce.
Principal of Justice Family Lawyers, Hayder specialises in complex parenting and property family law matters. He is based in Sydney and holds a Bachelor of Law and Bachelor of Communications from UTS.