Here's an odd fact — extruding machine operators have one of the highest divorce rates in the United States. Their rate is even higher than law enforcement officers, a career that's frequently cited as having a high divorce rate.
The data comes from a presentation by Michael G. Aamodt, a psychology professor at Radford University in Radford, Va. Aamodt isn't specifically picking on extruder operators. Actually, his goal is to expose the myth that police officers have the highest divorce rate of any profession in the U.S.
Based on the 2000 census, here's his list of the actual most-divorced professions:
1. Dancers and choreographers: 43.05 percent.
2. Bartenders: 38.43 percent.
3. Massage therapists: 38.22 percent.
4. Gaming cage workers: 34.66 percent.
5. Extruding machine operators: 32.74 percent.
On the other end of the spectrum, here is his list of the least-divorced professions:
1. Media and communications equipment workers: 0 percent (obviously the result of statistical averaging).
2. Agricultural engineers: 1.78 percent.
3. Optometrists: 4.01 percent.
4. Transit and railroad police: 5.26 percent.
5. Clergy: 5.61 percent.
Law enforcement officials fall in the middle, at 14.47 percent.
So, what is it about extruding machine operators that gives them divorce rates way up in the range of bartenders and massage therapists? I don't really see how those jobs are very similar!
Loepp is managing editor of Plastics News and author of “The Plastics Blog.”