Could the Decline of Marriage Cause Some Jobs to Vanish?

marriageMarriage in America is in decline. The Pew Research Center found that 39 percent of those surveyed considered marriage obsolete. This number is expected to keep growing.

The end of marriage has grim implications for many job categories. Of course, you know that when those jobs vanish, others will take their place. In the interim, it's smart for you to be alert to not enter a shrinking field or, if you are already in that field, to begin the transition to a way of making a living that's growing.

What jobs could be in danger?

  • Wife or husband. In the 1960s, when 72 percent of Americans were married, becoming a wife could represent a full-time job. For those who were shrewd about whom they chose, this could be lucrative, without too much heavy lifting. There might have even been job security, for those who knew how to play the game. Severance in the form of alimony wasn't bad either. More recently, men who excelled in domestic and nurturing tasks could be well employed as househusbands or Mr. Mom.
  • Wedding services. Many photographers, magazine publishers, caterers, florists, honeymoon providers, gown designers, hair dressers, and newspapers hanging on through paid photo placement by couples will be hit badly.
  • Lawyers. They have had a brisk niche business configuring prenuptial agreements and handling divorces. They will have to migrate to other practice areas in law.
  • Psychotherapists. As an institution like marriage enters decline, those ensnared in it attempt to hold the dysfunctional arrangement together by consulting with relationship counselors. Sooner or later, however, this professional service will not be needed as much.

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Joe in JT

Hey Jonas Quinn: Your sad story about your sister only recieving child support payments when your brother in law "feels like paying" is a lie. Because once the judge sets child support payments on the man, he has to pay the state. The state pays the woman. Then the state goes after the man saying you broke a court appointed order. The woman gets the payments regardless of whether the guy pays, so your sister wasn't telling you the whole story. Bottom line, men get screwed for being married. Oh and the guy who blogged his wife is cooking him dinner right now, and how he trained her real good. You train dogs, not wives.

November 19 2010 at 9:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Ryan

lol...or so you think...

November 20 2010 at 4:31 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tamara Platz

Jonas is right. If people believe that marriage is a sacred institution, then why arent they out there trying to reduce the divorce rate??? Why are they trying to stop people that love one another from getting married?

Seems a bit nonsensical to me. The church allows divorce but then tries to claim that marriage is a sacred institution??

The church is so corrupt it is a wonder that anyone believes what the church has to say. Her is an institution that systematically concealed the rape of young children and yet millions follow them???

November 19 2010 at 8:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bernard Liebowicz

What a ridiculous comment to make. Marriage has been around for centuries and so has divorce. How arrogant of you to say that gay people being allowed to marry will diminish the meaning of marriage.

If marriage has any "meaning" indeed it is not in the word "marriage" but in the hearts and minds of the two individuals being joined. So dont blame the gays for the sorry state of affairs that straight individuals have created.

The problem with straight people, as I see it, is that people have become more and more selfish and unwillingly to compromise. That is the reason that divorce is up and marriage rates are decling. I have been with my partner for 25 years. I have had to compromise many many a time. And yes, we argue almost every other day, but that's life. I dont decide to get up and walk away because of it. But you know what Im not "married" and it would be very easy to walk away with no legal consequences, but I dont. The reason I dont is because I love him and will always love him. Life is not all about the individual but somehow in our messed up little civilization we have made it all about the self. Well, NEWSFLASH: It's NOT all about you when you are in a relationship or when you are a member of society. Yes, you need to take care of yourself, but you also have a greater mission in life and that is take care of those around you. When the world comes to that realization, the world will be a much much better place.

So enough of this bullshit of blaming the gays. If marriage is that important to the straight community then get together and figure out a way to strengthen the institution but dont "fix" it by taking away the rights of others! Here is an idea... How about that sacred institution called the church denying divorce to those all so sanctimonious "christians" that get divorced pretty much every other day. I guess it's because the gays are telling them to do it! LMAO

November 19 2010 at 8:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bernard Liebowicz

What a ridiculous comment to make. Marriage has been around for centuries and so has divorce. How arrogant of you to say that gay people being allowed to marry will diminish the meaning of marriage.

If marriage has any "meaning" indeed it is not in the word "marriage" but in the hearts and minds of the two individuals being joined. So dont blame the gays for the sorry state of affairs that straight individuals have created.

The problem with straight people, as I see it, is that people have become more and more selfish and unwillingly to compromise. That is the reason that divorce is up and marriage rates are decling. I have been with my partner for 25 years. I have had to compromise many many a time. And yes, we argue almost every other day, but that's life. I dont decide to get up and walk away because of it. But you know what Im not "married" and it would be very easy to walk away with no legal consequences, but I dont. The reason I dont is because I love him and will always love him. Life is not all about the individual but somehow in our messed up little civilization we have made it all about the self. Well, NEWSFLASH: It's NOT all about you when you are in a relationship or when you are a member of society. Yes, you need to take care of yourself, but you also have a greater mission in life and that is take care of those around you. When the world comes to that realization, the world will be a much much better place.

So enough of this bullshit of blaming the gays. If marriage is that important to the straight community then get together and figure out a way to strengthen the institution but dont "fix" it by taking away the rights of others! Here is an idea... How about that sacred institution called the church denying divorce to those all so sanctimonious "christians" that get divorced pretty much every other day. I guess it's because the gays are telling them to do it! LMAO

November 19 2010 at 8:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
john

THE ANTI-MARRIAGE FAD IS ENDING. POLLS ARE FLAWED EVEN IDEALLY AND SINGLES WHO HAVE NEVER MARRIED ARE EMOTIONALLY AND IRRATIONALLY BIASED AND EVERYBODY KNOWS THE ONCE MARRIED KEEP GOING BACK UNTIL THEY GET IT RIGHT, FOR A REASON. THIS WAS ALL FURTHER EXAGERATED BY POLITICAL INTRIQUE BY WHICH BROKEN MARRIAGE WOULD DIMINISH SOCIETAL FINANCIAL RESOURCES IN THE WESTERN HEMISHPERE (ABSOLUTLEY TRUE)AND MARKETING STRATEGISTS FOUND THAT IRRATIONAL SINGLES ARE MUCH MUCH MORE CARELESS WITH THEIR MONEY (LIKE SMALL CHILDREN- THE EVEN GREATER TARGET MARKET OF ALL) AND SO THEY FINANCED THE PROMOTION OF THE MOD SINGLE, ANTI-MARRIAGE IMAGE. ALL PICK-POCKETING BS.

November 19 2010 at 7:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ryan

First off, a number of you have probably had poor marriages. If you don't want her leaving you, then train her right before you agree to marry her.. Too many dudes nowadays are getting trampled on by women and sucking up when the girls are hinting at wanting to get married. If they want that, then they have to earn it. My wife is the best wife you could ask for. And you know why? Because I trained her up right! Every morning she makes my breakfast and gets me my lunch for the day. Then during the day while I'm at work she keeps the house cleaned and does the daytime errands that cant be done at the dumb businesses that close too early in the day. And right now as I'm writing this, she's cooking dinner. A number of people have asked me why she doesn't get a job, but to be real I want her to stay at home, in order to get things done. Y'all need to step your game up if you want to get & stay married!

November 19 2010 at 7:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Todd

The majority of women need children in order to fulfill their maternal destiny, but for some reason they don't seem to need their husbands anymore after they get the children. They just need his money. The media in general portrays men as complete blithering idiots in commercials & TV shows, that is when they bother to include a man as part of the family to begin with. Women are taught that men are disposable stepping stones to get where they want to be in life. The FOC makes sure that a man has no ability to have a decent life after divorce. It was different in the 60's thru the 80's when men had great paying jobs & could afford a messy divorce & child support & yet still be able to afford a nice house of his own. These days, one false move & a guy's basically scrambling to be able to afford a 1 bedroom apartment, while his ex is enjoying their house with her new instant boyfriend.

November 19 2010 at 7:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Joe in JT

Excellent Todd! One reason woman don't need men after that have your children is a man isn't needed any longer for protection from violence. All women have to do today is dial 911 on their cell phones and the cops are there in 2 minutes to arrest the male. Usually the husband. Here's a typical scenario. Wife knows just what buttons to push on her husband to make him crazy. She does this annoying thing over and over and starts pushing the husband around. The husband gets fed up and defends himself, maybe even taking a swipe at her. She "imediately" calls the police. The FIRST thing cops do is "remove" the husband from his own house and spends the night in jail. Then the charges start to be filed. The prosecuting attorney just happens to be a feminist man hater that "must" prosecute the man even if the wife says no. Then the man is "caught" in the legal system, and winds up losing all his money then spends time in jail. Who in there right mind would marry a American woman. Marry a Japanese girl, and your life is on cloud nine. They can't do enough for their husbands.

November 19 2010 at 9:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mark

I had a friend tell me that as gays get closer and closer to being able to marry that straights would begin to forego marriage for either a "religious union" of some sort or start living together. According to him marriage is becoming a "gay thing." Most straight couples want something to mean something, and when marriage loses its meaning fewer straights will marry. Indeed, within 10 years a higher percentage of gays will marry than straights. Sorry state of affairs.

November 19 2010 at 6:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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grdael

You are a true idiot!

November 19 2010 at 7:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joe in JT

Any man who marries an American woman is a moron. Just re-read this article section "wife or husband" and understand the mentality of the feminist, man hater Jane who wrote it. Her idea of marriage is for the wife to "get over" on the husband by marrying someone rich. She writes about the wife having a "windfall" with alimony. And if she plays her cards right the dope husband can stay at home a play Mr.Mom or as she describes it a "house husband". This article doesn't even delve into the worst part of marrying an American woman and that is child support. Once told by a judge how much a man has to fork over each month to the state, it's a waiting game until the guy misses a payment, gets slapped with interest and fines, and ends up in a jail cell, while the x bitch is sitting at home sipping martini's with her new boy friend.

November 19 2010 at 6:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Bernard Liebowicz

Hello Joe,

I can tell you that my sister is not at home "sipping martin's"

My sister got married at the age of 22, had a baby by 23, and another by 24 and was divorced by 25. All the time, my sister was working! except when she was on maternity leave.

My sister didnt sit on her ass and collect alimony and child support after her divorce since my dead beat ex brother in law didnt and now only pays child support when and if he is arrested. My sister, now 40, did a phenomenal job at raising my nieces. She gave them everything they needed and more by working hard and being a good parent, and sacrificing the things she should have been enjoying in her late 20s, and 30s. She bought a house on her own and is helping my nieces to go to college no thanks to their deadbeat dad.

My sister has battled the court system for years to get the dirtbag to pay for his kids. You know what he is doing? Getting more women pregnant; We have lost count of the number of kids he has. He doesnt pay any child support so far as we know. He family (parents, brothers,..) hides his income by setting companies up in their names that he runs.

My ex owes my sister over $40K in child support, and travels internationally, but his passport is still active and the police cant or wont do anything about it. He carries fake id's and has made a game out of the whole system.

Men should be responsible for their offspring or keep their "junk" in their pants. If you are not mature enough to own up to your responsibility as a parent, DONT BECOME A PARENT ( Its very easy guys.. use protection...go gay!)


November 19 2010 at 7:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Hummer 1 is the only one

amen, the US has made marriage her obsolete...thanks to the greed of laywers misinformation of gloria steinem and company and the bleeding heart liberal judges, you have destroyed an institution that is no longer worth the risk getting into..in the US, if you're a man and want to struggle for 40 years then die poor, get married, other wise avoid this money making induced fraud at all costs....signed handsome, upwardly mobile, and happily single at 45, Alex

November 20 2010 at 12:43 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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