Your Job Might Have Something To Do With Who You Marry

Kathy Morris
by Kathy Morris
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Ever wondered how much your job choice impacts your personal life? After all, it impacts how many hours you spend on the clock, how much money you take home, and what you talk about over the dinner table.

Could it impact who you marry even?

We were curious, so we dove into the data to see who is married to who. More specifically, we set out to see who workers of each job are most likely to marry.

You can scroll to the bottom to see the full list and the professions that are most likely to marry in their field, or keep reading to see our most interesting findings.

Most Interesting Findings

  • Most people marry someone of a similar education or class. If you’re hoping to be a trophy spouse, you might want to hit the books.
  • Farmers’ Only might be on to something— farmers are most likely to marry other farmers. The same goes for ranchers and other agricultural workers.
  • Software developers are most likely to marry other software developers- considering the gender imbalance in the field, this is pretty impressive. When Software developers aren’t marrying in their field, they marry teachers and nurses.
  • Ever felt like every other person you meet is married to a teacher? You’re not crazy- a surprising amount of professions are most likely to marry teachers (including managers, accountants, clergy, and engineers)
  • Oh yeah, and did we mention teachers? Teachers really like to marry other teachers.

How We Determined This

Using the US Census PUMS data, we determined the most common occupations for each occupation’s spouse. To narrow the data down, we elected to look at 1,000 occupations with the most matches. While this did cut down on the total number of of occupations, it also cut it down to more common job titles, rather than obscure job titles most Americans are unlikely to work.

From there, we identified the most common match for each job. While a job (such as elementary and middle school teacher) might be the most common match for multiple professions, it only has “most likely to marry” occupation for itself.

For the table at the bottom of the article, the occupation is in the left column and in the right column is the occupation workers in the left hand column are most likely to marry.

The 10 Professions That Marry Each Other The Most

  1. Elementary And Middle School Teachers
  2. First-Line Supervisors Of Retail Sales Workers
  3. Postsecondary Teachers
  4. Lawyers, And Judges, Magistrates, And Other Judicial Workers
  5. Physicians
  6. Farmers, Ranchers, And Other Agricultural Managers
  7. Other Agricultural Workers
  8. Software Developers
  9. Janitors And Building Cleaners
  10. Food Service Managers

How many people are meeting their spouse at work?

While we have no way of knowing how many people are meeting their matching-career spouse at work, people certainly like to marry others in their fields. Guess it must be nice they can talk about computer algorithms, crop rotations, or whatever their work equivalent is together. Even when workers break from their profession, they are still choosing spouses of similar education and social classes.

You can see a list of 100 common jobs most likely partner below:

The Profession Each Job Is Most Likely To Marry

Occupation Most Likely To Marry
Elementary And Middle School Teachers Elementary And Middle School Teachers
Other Managers Elementary And Middle School Teachers
First Line Supervisors Of Retail Sales Workers First Line Supervisors Of Retail Sales Workers
Secretaries And Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medial, And Executive Driver/Sales Workers And Truck Drivers
Education And Childcare Administrators Elementary And Middle School Teachers
Postsecondary Teachers Postsecondary Teachers
Lawyers, And Judges, Magistrates, And Other Judicial Workers Lawyers, And Judges, Magistrates, And Other Judicial Workers
Physicians Physicians
Registered Nurses Driver/Sales Workers And Truck Drivers
Accountants And Auditors Elementary And Middle School Teachers
Farmers, Ranchers, And Other Agricultural Managers Farmers, Ranchers, And Other Agricultural Managers
Other Agricultural Workers Other Agricultural Workers
Software Developers Software Developers
Chief Executives And Legislators Other Managers
Financial Managers Other Managers
Bookkeeping, Accounting, And Auditing Clerks Driver/Sales Workers And Truck Drivers
Customer Service Representatives Driver/Sales Workers And Truck Drivers
Janitors And Building Cleaners Janitors And Building Cleaners
First Line Supervisors Of Non Retail Workers Secretaries And Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medial, And Executive
General And Operations Managers Elementary And Middle School Teachers
Sales Representatives, Wholesale And Manufacturing Secretaries And Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medial, And Executive
Food Service Managers Food Service Managers
Driver/Sales Workers And Truck Drivers Driver/Sales Workers And Truck Drivers
Retail Salespersons Retail Salespersons
Construction Managers Elementary And Middle School Teachers
Office Clerks, General Driver/Sales Workers And Truck Drivers
First Line Supervisors Of Office And Administrative Support Workers Driver/Sales Workers And Truck Drivers
Nursing Assistants Driver/Sales Workers And Truck Drivers
Clergy Elementary And Middle School Teachers
Secondary School Teachers Secondary School Teachers
Teaching Assistants Driver/Sales Workers And Truck Drivers
Childcare Workers Driver/Sales Workers And Truck Drivers
Licensed Practical And Licensed Vocational Nurses Driver/Sales Workers And Truck Drivers
Computer And Information Systems Managers Other Managers
Receptionists And Information Clerks Driver/Sales Workers And Truck Drivers
Other Engineers Elementary And Middle School Teachers
Real Estate Brokers And Sales Agents Real Estate Brokers And Sales Agents
Medical And Health Services Managers Other Managers
Cooks Driver/Sales Workers And Truck Drivers
Cashiers Driver/Sales Workers And Truck Drivers
Computer Occupations, All Other Elementary And Middle School Teachers
Laborers And Freight, Stock, And Material Movers, Hand Laborers And Freight, Stock, And Material Movers, Hand
Management Analysts Elementary And Middle School Teachers
Maids And Housekeeping Cleaners Driver/Sales Workers And Truck Drivers
Other Assemblers And Fabricators Other Assemblers And Fabricators
Personal Care Aides Driver/Sales Workers And Truck Drivers
Project Management Specialists Elementary And Middle School Teachers
Computer Support Specialists Elementary And Middle School Teachers
Marketing Managers Other Managers
Police Officers Secretaries And Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medial, And Executive
Civil Engineers Elementary And Middle School Teachers
Billing And Posting Clerks Driver/Sales Workers And Truck Drivers
Sales Managers Elementary And Middle School Teachers
Personal Financial Advisors Elementary And Middle School Teachers
Miscellaneous Production Workers, Including Equipment Operators And Tenders Miscellaneous Production Workers, Including Equipment Operators And Tenders
Human Resources Managers Other Managers
Computer Systems Analysts Elementary And Middle School Teachers
Human Resources Workers Elementary And Middle School Teachers
Computer Programmers Elementary And Middle School Teachers
Landscaping And Groundskeeping Workers Secretaries And Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medial, And Executive
Hairdressers, Hairstylists, And Cosmetologists Driver/Sales Workers And Truck Drivers
Medical Assistants Driver/Sales Workers And Truck Drivers
Manicurists And Pedicurists Manicurists And Pedicurists
Mechanical Engineers Elementary And Middle School Teachers
Property, Real Estate, And Community Association Managers Property, Real Estate, And Community Association Managers
Credit Counselors And Loan Officers Elementary And Middle School Teachers
Social And Community Service Managers Other Managers
Other Office And Administrative Support Workers Driver/Sales Workers And Truck Drivers
Educational, Guidance, And Career Counselors And Advisors Elementary And Middle School Teachers
Sales Representatives Of Services, Except Advertising, Insurance, Financial Services, And Travel Secretaries And Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medial, And Executive
Preschool And Kindergarten Teachers Driver/Sales Workers And Truck Drivers
Social Workers, All Other Elementary And Middle School Teachers
Tellers Driver/Sales Workers And Truck Drivers
Pharmacists Pharmacists
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, And Weighers Driver/Sales Workers And Truck Drivers
Security Guards And Gaming Surveillance Officers Secretaries And Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medial, And Executive
Physical Scientists, All Other Physical Scientists, All Other
Industrial Production Managers Elementary And Middle School Teachers
Home Health Aides Driver/Sales Workers And Truck Drivers
Insurance Claims And Policy Processing Clerks Driver/Sales Workers And Truck Drivers
Insurance Sales Agents Insurance Sales Agents
Architectural And Engineering Managers Elementary And Middle School Teachers
First Line Supervisors Of Production And Operating Workers Other Assemblers And Fabricators
Claims Adjusters, Appraisers, Examiners, And Investigators Elementary And Middle School Teachers
Correctional Officers and Jailers Secretaries And Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medial, And Executive
Data Entry Keyers Driver/Sales Workers And Truck Drivers
Firefighters Secretaries And Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medial, And Executive
Electrical And Electronics Engineers Elementary And Middle School Teachers
Waiters And Waitresses Driver/Sales Workers And Truck Drivers
Architects, Except Landscape And Naval Elementary And Middle School Teachers
Stockers And Order Fillers Stockers And Order Fillers
First-Line Supervisors Of Food Preparation And Serving Workers Driver/Sales Workers And Truck Drivers
Other Engineering Technologists And Technicians, Except Drafters Elementary And Middle School Teachers
Word Processors And Typists Driver/Sales Workers And Truck Drivers
Network And Computer Systems Administrators Elementary And Middle School Teachers
Construction Laborers Construction Laborers
Purchasing Managers Other Managers
Compliance Officers Elementary And Middle School Teachers
Transportation, Storage, And Distribution Managers Elementary And Middle School Teachers
Shipping, Receiving, And Inventory Clerks Secretaries And Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medial, And Executive
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