If you've ever scoffed at the legitimacy of FarmersOnly.com, prepare to eat your words: According to new data, those who work in agriculture are more likely than any other profession to get hitched to someone with the same job. To anyone who's spent time in the workforce, it's clear that your job plays a huge role in all aspects of life, and this is yet more evidence of how your job affects your love life, too.
The numbers from this latest study come from the U.S. Census — Dan Kopf of Priceonomics crunched data from over 40 million couples to put together some fascinating charts about which professions are, umm, keeping it in the work family, so to speak. It makes total sense, really: If you're passionate about your career, it logically follows that you might be more likely to find love with someone who understands and shares that passion.
And it seems that, across the board, farmers are really into one another: From Kopf's analysis, he found that 27 percent of agricultural workers are married to someone in the same field (though this might be because someone in a rural area might have few options except people they work with). More specifically, a quarter of all farmers, fishers, and foresters are more likely to marry among their ranks, and 57 percent of female farmers are married to someone with the same profession.
Farmers aren't the only ones who are a close-knit bunch, though: Here are five other professions that you might consider joining if you're looking to marry someone with the same job as you.
1. Physicians And Surgeons
After farmers, doctors were the most likely to marry someone within their profession, with a quarter of surgeons/physicians marrying a fellow doctor. If I had to make an educated guess, I'd say their demanding schedules may be an underlying cause of this: When your pager is all but sewn to your person, it can make traditional dating a little difficult. Marrying someone who just gets how busy you are (and is busy, too) might be a huge relief for someone with as demanding a schedule as a doctor.
2. Personal Appearance Workers
The data also revealed something fascinating: In fields traditionally dominated by one gender, men and women were more likely to marry someone of the same profession. The most striking example of this is that 74 percent of men in the "personal appearance" industry were married to someone in their field. This may seem counterintuitive: If the gender disparity is so huge, how could one possibly find someone of the opposite sex (assuming they are straight) with the same job to marry in the first place? One possible explanation is that they actively try to marry within their own field: The stigma attached to being, say, a male nurse or female construction worker might lead them to prefer someone who will understand and enjoy the work they do, rather than judging them based on (outdated) notions of "proper" jobs for each gender.
According to the study, 19 percent of people in management were married to another manager (though what kind of management specifically was unclear). This, too, makes sense: If you're the kind of person who likes the challenge of being responsible for a group of employees, you might naturally be more drawn to someone with the same penchant for leadership. Although that might present quite a conundrum at home: If both partners are adept at task delegation, does any work ever really get done?
Somewhat unsurprisingly, 17 percent of lawyers and judges were hitched to someone in the same field. Like doctors, lawyers' careers are extremely time-consuming, demanding, and emotionally draining. Naturally, it might happen that a lawyer looking for love would find it within the office (all those long nights working on a case...). Or perhaps those in the world of law just enjoy the company of someone who could keep up with all that legal jargon, because I certainly couldn't.
This is another instance where gender plays an interesting role: While only six percent of people total within the military were married to a fellow serviceman or woman, the likelihood of being a military woman with a military husband was much higher. For the charts broken down by gender, 30 percent of military women studied were married to someone also in the service, but the men-specific chart did not have "military" listed as a career that would make a man likely to marry someone in his field.
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