This Chart Shows Who You're Most Likely To Marry

February 14th 2016

Lucy Tiven

While many look to the stars for clues about their soul mates, U.S. Census Bureau data suggests that your career often dictates who you could end up with. Bloomberg News used the survey information to create an interactive chart showing how your job factors into the match-making equation.

In some professions like grade-school teachers, people tend to marry their colleagues, while others' patterns are less expected. For example, who knew nuclear engineers had a thing for writers and teachers?

Nuclear Engineers

The census studied heterosexual couples as well as gay and lesbian ones, and used thicker lines to indicate more popular pairings, while circles show couples from the same field.

Survey Key

Despite the cultural myth that high-level executives wed models, the survey presents a different picture.

Female models were more likely to end up with truck drivers, laborers, and men working in retail.


Fans of Grey's Anatomy may be pleased to learn that a career in medicine might actually land you a McDreamy.

Both physicians and surgeons often married within their field.


Office romance was also common among more culturally obscure professions like air traffic controllers.

air traffic controllers

The survey found an interesting disparity between who male and female CEOS chose to marry.


While high-ranking female executives often married other CEOS, male CEOS often ended up marrying below their pay grade, and fell for secretaries and elementary school teachers.

Where do you match up?

The U.S. Census Bureau’s 2014 American Community Survey surveyed 3.5 million households to discover how Americans are pairing up. If you want to see where your career is likely to lead your love life, plug your career into the interactive chart on Bloomberg.