The spectre of on-the-clock cheating (or cheating after-hours with a co-worker or client) exists prevalently in pop culture (“Mad Men”, “Scandal”, “Grey’s Anatomy”, “Fatal Attraction." The list goes on and on and on).
And while cheaters can certainly pop up in a wide range of professions, data shows that 13 fields have a higher percentage of self-confessed adulterers in their numbers than others.
Ashley Madison, the infamous dating site that specializes in setting members up for extra-marital affairs, polled the career status of its membership base and generated a report on the careers most likely to attract wandering spouses, which was published by Business Insider. While Ashley Madison did observe differences between the careers of male members and female members, 13 careers emerged as particularly prominent among this cheat-happy population.
Only 1% of Ashley Madison’s female members work in politics. And (much to our surprise) less than 1% of male members admit to a career in the political sphere.
12. Arts & Entertainment
Women in the arts (actors, musicians, writers, producers, directors, etc) represent 4% of Ashley Madisonians, and a slightly-lower number of members (3%) are men working in the same arena.
Men involved in farming and related fields account for 3% of Ashley Madison members, while women in the field don't represent a notable percentage of Ashley Madison participants.
Women in the legal field — whether lawyers, paralegals, judges, or aides — comprise 4% of Ashley Madison members. Meanwhile, 4% of male members also cop to working in law.
9. Marketing & Communications
Marketing professionals require strong interpersonal skills and talent for socializing — and some may take these talents to the extreme, based on Ashley Madison membership numbers. 4% of female members and 6% of male members work in the communications field.
8. Social Work
According to Ashley Madison’s findings, 2% of male members work in the social work field and 9% of female members do the same.
7. Retail & Hospitality
An industry famous for promoting socialization and outgoing interactions, retail & hospitality claims 9% of Ashley Madison’s female members and 8% of its male members.
The image of the slick, aggressively non-monogamous Wall Street tycoon is a common one throughout movie and TV history, and Ashley Madison reveals some potential truth to the stereotype: 8% of male members and 9% of female members work in finance.
Men working in education — whether as teachers, professors, administrators, or visiting lecturers — account for 4% of Ashley Madison members...but that number skyrockets when looking at the number of female educators who signed up for the site (12%).
Those who choose to strike out on their own and start businesses also may, in some cases, be prone to imaginative concepts of fidelity; for both male and female Ashley Madison members, entrepreneurship proved the fourth most popular career choice.
3. Information Technology
Women working in I.T. support represent 8% of Ashley Madison members, while their male counterparts make up 12%.
As it turns out, “Grey’s Anatomy” may be onto something. 23% of female Ashley Madison members work in the medical field as doctors or nurses, while 5% of male members do the same.
Professions like construction, plumbing, and welding feature more flexible and unpredictable schedules than traditional 9-to-5 positions, which, according to communications director Isabella Mise of Ashley Madison, “[makes it easier for people] to fly under the radar when it comes to sneaking around with an affair partner.” 4% of female Ashley Madison members work trade jobs, while that number rises to a full 29% in the male-membership pool.