There are many reasons for Illinois residents to get divorced, but factors related to employment and income are common. Certain jobs may make a person statistically more or less likely to get divorced, and income levels also play an important role in outcomes, asset division and alimony. It is helpful to understand how people’s occupations affects their divorce risk.

There is a correlation between income and divorce rates, according to data collected by the 2015 American Community Survey. Those with higher and more stable, consistent incomes tend to see lower divorce rates. In contrast, professions with overall lower incomes or greater fluctuation in incomes tend to see higher divorce rates.

Beyond income, a person’s work schedule may play a strong role in divorce. In general, professions with more consistent and stable hours and schedules tended to see lower divorce rates. Professions with inconsistent hours and more fluid schedules tended to see higher divorce rates. Bartenders held the dubious honor of being correlated with the highest divorce rate. This was followed up by professions in the transportation, travel and shipping industries. Professions related to math, science or religion, such as clergy, actuaries and surgeons tended to have the lowest divorce rates. Professions popular to rural areas, like farming, forestry or military careers, also showed lower divorce rates, although the military data did have an outlier related to those military professions involving lots of travel or time away from home.

While a person’s occupation doesn’t guarantee a stable marriage or a divorce, it is always helpful to be prepared. Understanding the statistics is the first step in realizing what may happen and minimizing the risk. Legal steps such as the preparation of prenuptial or postnuptial agreements can solve many divorce problems.