15 of the Worst Jobs for a Relationship
Does your job create tension at home? Using data on divorce rates and job stress, we found 11 careers that damage relationships. And we’re not just referring to the obvious ones, like exotic dancing. You may not expect these careers to hurt your relationship, especially the No. 1 worst job for your love life (on page 10).
15. Housekeepers and maids
- Divorce rate: 26.38%
- Annual salary: $21,820
Hotel maids and housekeepers often struggle to make ends meet, especially in cities with a high cost of living. Wear and tear on the body can wear them down emotionally, too. That’s a recipe for quarrels at home or with a partner, leading to a higher divorce rate.
Next: Be kind to this worker when they visit your home.
- Divorce rate: 26.85%
- Annual salary: $37,900
Grueling manual labor and a relatively low salary are not a great combination for relationships. Roofers may struggle with taking their work home with them; stress at work can easily seep into arguments at home.
Next: After serving at work, it’s hard to serve at home.
13. Waiters and waitresses
- Divorce rate: 27.12%
- Annual salary: $19,990
With an average hourly wage of $11.73, servers work their butts off to pay the bills. Strained finances can be a relationship killer, so it’s not surprising to see such a high divorce rate.
Next: Be nicer to these people when they call.
- Divorce rate: 28.1%
- Annual salary: $27,170
Getting hung up on and yelled at all day would be tough for anyone — and this happens to telemarketers all day. Developing tough skin may help professionally, but coming home every night with a bad attitude could hurt a telemarketer’s love life.
Next: A hotel environment isn’t beneficial for long-term relationships.
11. Baggage porters and concierges
- Divorce rate: 28.49%
- Annual salary: $29,030
Both of these occupations work evening hours, often for tips or an hourly wage. Additionally, being exposed to lots of people, often in situations involving parties and alcohol, may create more temptation to stray.
Next: The media focuses on these divorces more than any others.
10. Entertainers and performers
- Divorce rate: 28.49%
- Annual salary: $55,547
Whether you’re a magician, singer, or actor, the entertainment industry doesn’t pay well unless you make it big. You may be emotionally fulfilled, but the financial strain, as well as odd work hours and party atmosphere can hurt performers’ personal lives.
Next: An emotionally draining yet common job
9. Nurses and home health aids
- Divorce rate: 28.95%
- Annual salary: $22,600 (home health aide); $68,450 (registered nurse)
It can be hard to care for your spouse or partner when you’ve cared for others all day. Although registered nurses make a better salary, nurses and home health aides both work demanding hours. These professions are also exposed to diseases, death, and other tough life experiences more than the average person.
Next: Could you spend your days on the phone with strangers?
8. Telephone operators
- Divorce rate: 29.3%
- Annual salary: $31,332
Although you can earn a decent salary if you work hard as a telephone operator, this occupation doesn’t offer much growth or gratification. Many call centers involve working night shifts or odd hours, which doesn’t help one’s love life.
Next: The monotony of this job hurts workers.
7. Food and tobacco factory workers
- Divorce rate: 29.78%
- Annual salary: $27,110
Working many hours for little pay is tough on anyone. When you combine this with the monotony of working in a factory, we can see why food and tobacco factory workers arrive home stressed and ill-prepared to satisfy the needs of a partner.
Next: Would you gamble your relationship on this job?
6. Casino workers
- Divorce rate: 31.35%
- Annual salary: $27,000
Many casinos are open 24 hours a day, so employees have to work irregular hours and holidays. Alcohol, gambling, and a party atmosphere can hurt relationships; casino workers are exposed whether they participate or not. A 2010 study of Census data found that gaming services workers had an exceptionally high divorce rate.
Next: A demanding industry that requires tough workers
5. Extruding machine operators
- Divorce rate: 32.74%
- Annual salary: $34,980
Extrusion operators “control and monitor machines that shape thermoplastic materials,” according to Chron.com. They work in the automobile, aerospace, and plastics manufacturing industries. Considering the tough manual labor, low salary, and stressful work conditions of this occupation, it’s easy to see why an extruding machine operator’s personal life may be affected.
Next: This job is a rollercoaster of transactions.
4. Gaming cage worker
- Divorce rate: 34.66%
- Annual salary: $28,120
The cage workers are responsible for dispensing and counting money. It may seem rudimentary, but it’s crucial these employees take their jobs seriously. Casinos are clearly hotbeds for divorce; between dealers and cage workers their divorce rates are some of the highest of all professions.
Next: Would you want your partner touching others all day?
3. Massage therapists
- Divorce rate: 38.22%
- Annual salary: $40,000
Given that a massage therapist’s job involves physical touch, we probably don’t need to explain why this occupation could place a burden on a relationship and cause jealousy. Massage therapists make a modest salary, which doesn’t help with the occupation’s divorce rate.
Next: Alcohol can hurt any relationship.
- Divorce rate: 38.43%
- Annual salary: $21,550
Bartending requires people skills, and some people are great at it. When you’re in a relationship, however, this can be a problem. Bartenders’ hours are inconsistent; they’re exposed to a lot of alcohol and intoxicated people; and they generally work for tips, which is a notoriously inconsistent form of income. The Journal study found that bartenders have the second-highest divorce rate.
Next: The job with the highest divorce rate may surprise you.
1. Dancers and choreographers
- Divorce rate: 43.05%
- Annual salary: $29,822
Dancers and choreographers are the No. 1 occupation that’s most likely to get divorced. Maybe it’s the nature of the industry that strains relationships; a large amount of travel, attention, and stress can place a burden on any couple.