Marry One of These Guys If You Want the Diamond Anniversary


weddingFinally, mom speak has been decoded. When she told you she wanted you to marry a doctor or a lawyer, she was dooming you to a life of unhappiness.

Unless she suggested a foot doctor or an eye doctor. Or a lawyer who also happens to fix alarms on the side.

The interwebs has been agog this week about the high odds that dancers and choreographers are going to end up in divorce court. But all that doom and gloom that will make it impossible to look at Dancing With the Stars the same way again has finally made the media and communication equipment workers seem sexy.

That is if a guy can still be sexy if I have to look up what he actually DOES for a living (a number of things, but among them is fixing alarm systems).

So what's this sexy stud doing with his life? Remaining faithful to his wife 'til death do us part.

After all, monogamy is dead sexy, and according to the same list that brought us the downfall of the dancer, media and communication equipment workers have a 0 percent divorce rate.

That's none. Bupkus. Or, if you're one of those glass half full people, decades of wedded ... something.

Judging a guy on his job might have been shallow, but this study shows there's something to it. And it can hardly be surprising when you consider long hours, a lot of time apart, and other job-related strains on marriage play a factor in divorce. There's a reason some professions get "reputations."

So get out your little black books ladies, here are the careers researchers at Virginia's Radford University say you should be looking for:

  • Media and communication equipment workers -- 0 percent
  • Agricultural engineers -- 1.78 percent divorce rate
  • Optometrists -- 4.01 percent divorce rate
  • Transit and railroad police -- 5.26 percent divorce rate
  • Clergy -- 5.61 percent divorce rate
  • Directors of religious activity -- 5.88 percent divorce rate
  • Sales engineers -- 6.61 percent divorce rate
  • Podiatrists -- 6.81 percent divorce rate
  • Nuclear engineers -- 7.29 percent divorce rate.

Time the rearrange the social calendar: eye doctor appointment? Check. Visit to church? Check.


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Beret Jablonski Nearing

My husband is in agricultural business and there's nary a divorce on his horizon. :)

Jennifer Stiglich Desrochers

Hmmm, so my father the pastor who has been divorced twice is quite the statistical anomaly!

nonmember avatar book lover

Divorce rate of clergy only 5.88? I cry "foul"! My grandfather cheated on my grandmother with MULTIPLE ladies before she finally asked for a divorce 20 years in. The pastor he trained then got divorced five years after marrying his wife. Then, the pastor at my childhood church divorced her husband (the music coordinator). The reverend at my college church was unmarried. So, out of the three clergymen I know who were married, that's three divorces: 100%.

Don't marry a clergyman, ladies. You're playing second-fiddle to the congregation as a whole, he makes emotional bonds with women in the congregation and has permission for "alone" time with them for "spiritual" reasons, and chances are he's better with strangers than with your own kids. Was my grandfather a great man? Yes! Altruistic, charismatic, a great social activist. Was he a good husband? No way!

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