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Who could marry an Architect?
An architect has imbibed his life with his work. There’s no difference between personal and professional time, so marrying one can be a challenging decision and a full-time job of its own. There are all-nighters, endless hours of sketches and drawings, unstable work schedules and swinging moods. You would think the likelihood of marriage within the profession would be higher concerning architects, but a survey from the 2012 and 2014 U.S. Census Bureau, followed by an interactive infographic chart published by Bloomberg, comes to clear the air.

The information was taken from more than 3.5 million households to find out how married professionals are pairing up and it seems that economic compatibility and equality is an important factor to the selection of the significant other.

Infographic by Bloomberg Business

The variety of the compatible professions changes substantially by gender. While architects match in general with various professions, the most usual ones are the following in order of frequency:

Male architects tend to marry

  • Female elementary and middle school teachers
  • Female designers
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants

Female architects tend to marry

  • Male architects
  • Male office administrators
  • Male retail salespersons

How many people marry within the profession?

The table below shows the rate at which people married others in the same occupational category. For married couples in which both members work, a little over 12% of those couples share the same occupational group while for architects it’s narrowed down to 7%. This may be explained by the gender unbalance in the profession, but it is something that is being eliminated over the years.

Data collected from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2012 American Community Survey

How often female architects marry male ones?

While Architecture couples are relatively unlikely, for women in architecture the probability of having a husband who works as an architect rises. If both members of the couple work, nearly 22% of women who have a job in architecture are married to a man in the same field.

Data collected from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2012 American Community Survey

Male architect’s spouse doesn’t usually have a similar occupation

Exactly the contrary happens with male architects, for whom the probability of getting married to a female architect falls down to 4%, almost at the end of the table. Whatever the reason, the data shows that the professional life is just a fraction of who we are and choosing our life partner is usually more than destiny or chemistry.

Data collected from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2012 American Community Survey

Data Sources

Bloomberg. Pearce A., Gambrell D.,(2016). This Chart Shows Who Marries CEOs, Doctors, Chefs and Janitors. Retrieved from https://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/2016-who-marries-whom/ [Accessed 23 January 2017]

Priceonomics. Kopf D., (2012). What Professions Are Most Likely To Marry Each Other? Retrieved from https://priceonomics.com/what-professions-are-most-likely-to-marry-each/  [Accessed 23 January 2017]


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