Bloomberg's done a deep, deep dive into Census data from the 2014 American Community Survey and taken a close look at who marries whom based on their professions.
Some of their immediate findings aren't entirely surprising: Female CEOs, for example, are most likely to marry other high-powered executives and male CEOs are known to seek out women making significantly less money than them.
Less immediately obvious (and perhaps even more interesting) are the data about same sex couples. Same-sex marriage has only been universally legal in the U.S. for a little under a year now, but pre-conceived notions about what gay couples are supposed to look like have been around for ages.
According to Census data, though, being gay doesn't necessarily narrow down your pool of potential spouses' professions the way stereotypical media representations tend to suggest. Being a gay interior designer, for example, doesn't mean that you're destined to someone else with an eye for decor.
Bloomberg's graph is fairly easy to interpret. Solid blue or pinks lines between two professions indicate a large number of gay and lesbian couples having those two jobs.
So let's say you were a…
Gay nuclear engineer…there's a good chance you could end up with a writer
Lesbian designers married an awful lot of high-powered execs and legislators
Maybe you're an artist? Your husband just might end being a counselor
Computer systems analysts tied the knot with photographers
You might guess that lawyers and judges were prone to marrying other lawyers and judges but many found love with food preparation supervisors
Models and mechanics said "I do" with stunning regularity
Airline pilots and flight engineers fell for human resource workers
Architects built futures with financial clerks from various industries
Licensed vocational nurses married security guards
Lesbian secretaries married the professional recyclers
While gay secretaries wound up marrying the very nice mechanics from down the street
Personal makeup artists went for production supervisors
Surprising no one, a lot of gay actors ended up with TV and movie editors and camera operators
Lesbian nurses and agricultural workers worked out well
Pipelayers and plumbers settled down with bookkeepers and accountants
Librarians tended to choose their assistants over their fellow librarians
And grounds maintenance workers? They married quite a few teachers.
The moral of the story? Much like straight couples, lesbians and gay relationships take on many, many forms that span across a variety of professional skill sets and income brackets. One difference though: they don't get divorced quite as often.