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Who’s at Greater Risk of Divorce—Doctors, Nurses or Executives?

Who Has the Highest Divorce Rate—Doctors, Nurses or Executives?

Though the common perception is that medical professionals, particularly physicians, have a higher rate of divorce than individuals in other professions, a recent study actually found doctors to be at less risk than many other professionals. The study, which used data from the U.S. Census Bureau, looked at the divorce rates of more than 6.5 million professionals, including approximately 250,000 doctors.

The Findings

Contrary to popular belief, the study found the divorce rate for physicians to be less than one in four (24%), whereas one in three nurses who married could expect it to end in divorce. Health care executives had a significantly higher divorce rate than doctors (31%), and all professionals outside of health care had a 35% divorce rate. Lawyers also had a higher divorce rate than doctors, at 27%.

On the down side, the research showed that female doctors were almost 50% more likely to have a marriage end in divorce than their male counterparts. Another interesting discovery—while female doctors who worked more than 40 hours a week had the highest divorce rates within the medical community, the opposite proved true for male doctors—working less than 40 hours per week increased their likelihood of divorce.

The study, published by The BMJ (formerly the British Medical Journal), attributed the higher rates of divorce among female doctors to the additional trade-offs that come with being a mother and a professional.

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