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January 12, 2015

Ready for marriage?

Best, worst jobs if you're looking to tie the knot

Are you a dentist? A bartender? The kind of job you have can say a lot about your relationship status and outlook, according to a report by Bloomberg Businessweek.

The report, based on Census data and data from the American Community Survey, highlights the best and worst jobs to have if you're looking to get married. The list charts the top occupations for marriage and divorce in each decade from 1950 to 2010, demonstrating just how much has changed over the years.

In 1950, some of the top occupations most likely to be married included power plant operators, farm product buyers and mathematicians. By 2010, the health care profession moved to the forefront, with dentists, optometrists and physicians topping the list.

Here are the top 10 occupations in which people are most likely to be married, according to the report:

  1. Dentist
  2. Chief executive
  3. Sales engineer
  4. Physician
  5. Podiatrist
  6. Optometrist
  7. Farm product buyer
  8. Precision grinder
  9. Religious worker
  10. Tool and die maker

And here are the top 10 occupations in which people are most likely to be divorced:

  1. Paperhanger 
  2. Drilling machine operator
  3. Knitter textile operative
  4. Forge operator
  5. Mail handler
  6. Science technician
  7. Practical nurse
  8. Social welfare clerk
  9. Winding machine operative
  10. Postal clerk

According to Businessweek, there is a simple explanation for the relationship success of dentists:

We will probably always have mouths, which gives dentists the kind of job security that can invigorate a relationship, helping to explain why dentists have consistently made the top 10 and have topped the list since 2010. 

See the full charts here.