These are the best and worst careers for your marriage

A new study reveals a surprising link between your career choice and the likelihood of divorce.

Career Choices Influence Marriage
'Til death do us part is a little harder if you work in some industries.Photo: iStock

Many factors contribute to the success of a marriage, from elements we can control, more or less, like our ability to compromise and accept our partners as they are, to elements we can’t control, like our upbringing and the longevity of our parents’ marriage. Now, a new study suggests our career may also have an impact on whether our marriage stands the test of time.

Career site Zippia used data from the U.S. Census Bureau to find out which fields had the highest and lowest divorce rates for people by age 30. First-line enlisted military supervisors have the highest divorce rate at 30 percent, reports Forbes. That wasn't the only time military careers appeared on the list—along with the No. 1 spot, military jobs also ranked at No. 7 and No. 4 in the list of career choices with the highest divorce rates.

Rounding out the top five careers with the highest divorce rates are logisticians, automotive service technicians and mechanics, military enlisted tactical operations and air weapons, and chemical technicians, with divorce rates that fall between 14 and 18 percent.

Military jobs may have the highest divorce rate because of the stressful nature of being on active duty plus the fact that people who enlist may already be vulnerable to emotional or financial instability, a Zippia article on the study suggests.

On the other end of the spectrum, the legal, science and entertainment fields were home to some of the lowest divorce rates (at about 4 percent or less).

This isn't the only study to find links between career and marriage. A 2016 Bloomberg study based on the U.S. Census Bureau's 2014 American Community Survey found that high-earning women tend to marry partners who are on the same economic level as they are, while middle- and lower-earning women marry people who are more financially successful. Another study from last year that was published in the American Sociological Review found that the biggest determining factor of marriage success was whether or not the husband is working full-time.

Whatever career you and your partner have, there are still plenty of things you can do to strengthen your marriage, and one of them is as simple as making date night a priority.