This happily married couple are probably standing outside their office. (Image: iStock.)
Looks like psychics will be out of business, because there’s a new way to figure out exactly who we’ll marry – and it’s all to do with your job. So, forget about perfecting your date outfit, and ditch that list of hobbies on your online dating profile, because it seems that the love of your life is pre-determined according to your occupation.
We can thank US Census Bureau (USCB) data for this (via The Independent), which covered 3.5 million households for this useful info. Who knew that Cupid also doubled as a match-making careers consultant?
Boringly, it seems that the place to meet your future husband or wife is at work. Perhaps it’s simply convenience – you can turn up at work for your paycheck and eternal love. There goes that rom-com cliche of bumping into the love of your life on the streets of New York. Just rock up at the work lunchroom instead. It’s easier.
Teachers are the biggest offenders when it comes to mixing work and play. The USCB data shows that female primary school teachers tend to marry their fellow primary or high school teachers. Male primary school teachers also get hitched to other teachers, or they may opt for one of the school admin staff. So, you were right when you suspected that your primary school teacher Miss Hall had the hots for Mr Rastogi – if you look them up on Facebook, they’re probably married now and have had children who will grow up to be teachers to marry more teachers, and then teachers will take over the world.
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The trend of finding everlasting love in the workplace is common throughout many professions. Flight attendants, doctors, chefs, actors, lawyers, nurses and musicians all seem to tie the knot with their own kind. And why not? The couple who flies/operates/cooks/acts/practices/cares/performs together stays together, right?
So, if you are in one of those occupations and single, may we emphasise again that you do not need to join any online dating services or prop up your local bar in your search for love. You could even ask your boss to set you up with that hottie next to you. Actually, don’t do that. Just ask them out yourself.
Of course, there are always anomalies in data (that’s why people study statistics…right?!). It seems that there are some who (*gasp*) think outside the work cubicle when it comes to love.
Female dancers and choreographers like to enter into wedded bliss with male welding, soldering or brazing workers. Don’t worry guys, I can explain “brazing” to you, because I just Googled it and the job involves connecting bits of metal together. Also tying the knot with female dancers and choreographers are female lawyers and judges.