Fate and chance often play a role in how people meet and fall in love. From accidental coffee spills to successful Tinder dates, there are many interesting starts to every great love story.
Research indicates that some professions tend to match up more frequently than others. The 2014 American Community Survey by the U.S. Census Bureau analyzed 3.5 million households and found some interesting matches.
High-earning women tend to marry their economic equals. Female physicians, surgeons, and lawyers often marry within their respective fields, such as with other doctors or lawyers.
Women in computer-related fields are also popular matches for high-earning women. However, "power couples" may contribute to income inequality.
High-earning men tend to marry lower-earning women. Male doctors may marry other doctors or Registered Nurses, but also teachers from elementary to post-secondary schools.
Male attorneys marry other lawyers or computer professionals. Male attorneys match elementary and middle school teachers, secretaries, and administrative assistants.
Male dancers like male dancers, secretaries, and administrative assistants. Female dancers choose CEOs, lawmakers, welders, and construction engineers as partners.
Female dancers also tend to go for female lawyers and judges, showing that sometimes opposites attract.
Despite these tendencies, it's important to remember that love is love. What really matters is that the couple can make their relationship last for a lifetime.
Professional compatibility may help couples understand each other's work-related challenges and experiences.