With the sad state of the dating world and the economy these days, you may simply be grateful to find a guy who has a job “ any job. A job is a defining element of a person’s personality “ a guy’s career can offer some clues.
If you’re going to get choosy (and you have every right to be), it’s obvious that some jobs are better than others for the man you get involved with “ the ones that pay really well will enable you to eat really well (on the nights he doesn’t work through dinner) and the ones that have him working from home may mean he’s perpetually swaddled in his bathrobe. Below, a primer on the best and worst careers for your mate.
Teachers: A man who can teach has already shown that he’s smart, understanding, patient and nurturing. Plus he gets summers off “ think of the great vacations you can take, and lazy summer mornings on the back deck.
Dentists: It’s like dating a doctor without the crazy hours and the annoying beeper. Most dentists have calm professional lives, with the occasional root canal the height of professional excitement “ you can be sure he won’t be leaping out of bed to perform emergency surgery on the weekend. Since most people are petrified of the dentist, many have lovely, patient personalities.
Novelists: A creative, expressive and passionate man, he’s also sensitive and curious and typically makes his own hours, which leaves plenty of time for you.
Engineers: With an education that leaned heavily toward math and science, these men are practical, reasonable, methodical and dedicated. Crazy hours come with occasional deadlines, but these pass.
Psychiatrists: He’s kind, intuitive, understanding and not (gasp) afraid to talk about feelings.
Bankers: He’s obsessed with money and, since time equals money, he will spend a lot of time away from you making more money. He’s also used to being the boss and making the decisions, which may make you crazy.
Pediatricians: Get ready to have a cold a month with a baby doctor in the house. If you don’t mind a lot of missed dates, constant vitamin C supplementation and teapots full of chamomile, he may be right for you. The upside: he’s probably great with kids.
Lawyers: The worst cliché©s often prove to be true with lawyers “ the profession attracts a cold, calculated kind of intelligence and a competitive, cut-throat edge. Be prepared for long hours come trial time “ he may spend days poring over a brief instead of your briefs.
Musicians: Sure, he’s sexy, and can strum you a song, but he doesn’t wake up until 4pm and won’t be home until at least 12 hours from then. The income is unsteady and his guitar obsession is anything but cheap. He may choose to spend his cash on a new fader pedal over date night. And of course there’s another downside: groupies.
Police/firemen: Erratic, long and exhausting hours, plus you’ll make yourself crazy worrying about him. This is a dangerous profession “ and that’s not even considering the whole damsel in distress schtick.
Bartenders: He works all hours and comes in smelling like stale beer and cigarettes. Plus, it’s practically part of his job description to flirt with drunk women “ in the interest of tips, naturally.