The divorce rate in the US (2000) is 0.41. Several researches have
been made, correlating profession with divorce rate, but after
checking also with the US Census, none surveyed all professions and
their divorce rates. There are several professions that have been
surveyed, see more in here http://www.divorcereform.org/cor.html
There are many "myths" concerning the divorce rates in certain
professions. For example, according to this site -
http://www.heavybadge.com/wives.htm -"Divorce rates among law
enforcement personnel parallel those of other high-stress professions
such as doctors and lawyers. Surveys of police officers continually
reflect estimates of divorce rates as high as 75%!" (see also
members.aol.com/lrfuzz1/mainpage.html, search for divorce on the page
). However, according to most researches conducted and mentioned in
Kappeler, V., M. Blumberg, and G. Potter. 2000. The Mythology of Crime
and Criminal Justice. Chapter 10: Battered and blue crime fighters:
Myths and misconceptions of police work. Prospect Heights, IL:
Waveland Press: 197-213, "police officers have a divorce rate that is
no higher than the national average" (source:
Firefighters are also reported in this site -
- as having one of the highest divorce rates in the nation. Another
profession with reported high percentage of divorces is air-traffic
controllers - http://www.skyaid.org/Skycar/free_flight.htm (last
lines) . Another "myth" referrs to academics - see
http://www.salon.com/it/feature/1999/03/24feature3.html - many
However, there are several professions with more conclusive evidences.
In the medical profession, the number of divorces varies from one
discipline to another. "After decades of following 1,118 physicians
who graduated from the Hopkins School of Medicine between 1948 and
1964, researchers found a 51 percent divorce rate for psychiatrists
and 33 percent for surgeons, rates higher than those for internists
(24 percent), pediatricians and pathologists (each 22 percent). The
study revealed a 32 percent overall physician divorce rate."
(http://www.jhu.edu/~gazette/janmar97/mar1797/briefs.html - first
article). According to this site
"In some medical specialtiespsychiatry, for exampledivorce rates
stand at about 50 percent (from The New England Journal of Medicine as
quoted in White Coat by alum Ellen Rothman)".
Interesting divorce rate statistics comes from the Arab world.
According to the Egyptian governmental weekly "Al Ahram Weekly", the
divorce rate by profession in Egypt is the highest among teachers,
"followed by engineers and accountants. Painters, photographers,
artists and religious scholars come fourth on the list of divorcees,
with an annual rate of 190 broken marriages. Following are
journalists, with 54 divorce cases a year, then athletes, with only 15
cases annually". http://www.ahram.org.eg/weekly/1998/408/fe2.htm
A Bahraini statistic shows
higher divorce rates among service workers, clerical, Production &
Related Workers, Transport Equpt., Operators & Labourers; and sales.
For divorce rates compared accross countries see:
http://www.infoondivorce.ca/otherstats.html - US compared with other
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And the US census: http://www.census.gov