The 5 Most (and Least) Romantic Industries

by Vault Careers | February 14, 2011

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For many, Valentine's Day can be the one of the loneliest days of the year. While your colleagues are passing around chocolates and arranging the roses that their partners just had delivered, those not in relationships can only hope the day ends without a discussion of their own love life.

Such feelings may even drive some to finally make their move on the colleague they've been secretly eyeing for months. But what if your chances of success depend as much on your career field as on your wooing ability? When Vault conducted the 2011 Office Romance Survey, we asked respondents to indicate what field they worked in, and whether they'd had a workplace fling or not. According to those results, here are the 5 professions where you're most and least likely to find love while you're on the clock.

Industries with the Most Office Romance

1. Publishing 92.3%
2. Advertising 78.9%
3. Marketing 75.0%
4. Real Estate 73.3%
5. Human Resources 72.2%

Industries with the Least Office Romance

1. Graphic Arts and Design 14.3%
2. Fashion 20.0%
3. Agriculture and Food 36.4%
4. Transportation and Logistics 42.1%
5. Accounting 47.4%

Once more for the record: the percentages represent the proportion of respondents in each industry who answered "yes" when asked if they had participated in an office romance. The number of respondents across each industry is not equal.

For more on any of these industries, check out Vault's industry profiles--or search for them by name in the bar at the top of the page.

--Phil Stott, 

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