You spend about a third of your life working.
The only thing you’ll do more than work is sleep.
No wonder more and more couples are falling in love at the office.
It all comes down to the propinquity effect: the tendency for people to form relationships with the people they see the most.
In fact, one study found that 14% of couples who met at work went on to marry.
Don’t go into a profession simply because you’re hoping to meet someone, but if you’re tired of the scene at your current job and are looking for a change of pace…
Here is a list of 44 job ideas that make sure those hours you spend at work are socially productive, too.
Nursing – As a nurse, you will be exposed to doctors, volunteers, other nurses, and family members as well as your patients.
Lifeguard or swim instructor – At a fitness center pool, you can enjoy the eye candy, keep in shape, and even help train a handsome athlete or two.
Pharmaceutical Representative – This is one of the more unusual jobs on the list, but the word is that being a pharm rep gets you traveling and meeting new people.
Flight Attendant – Being a flight attendant these days isn’t what it used to be, but it’s still a great way to see the country (or even the world) while coming into contact with a range of people.
Bartender – Don’t try bar tending unless you’re confident about turning down men’s advances. Expect to get hit on regularly, and learn techniques to deal with your many admirers.
Volunteer – Volunteering for a cause you feel passionate about is one of the best ways to meet like-minded men. Something about volunteering brings people together in the best of ways.
Personal Trainer – Any fitness industry will attract eligible men, but there’s nothing quite as up close and personal as personal training. You’ll need to put firm boundaries in place for your client relationships, but it’s up to you as to whether you’ll allow personal relationships to blossom.
Rock Climbing Activity Center – Rock climbing has a certain thrill to it that creates camaraderie and sparks mutual interest. Whether you’re climbing indoors or working in a team to scale a difficult route, your gutsiness will win you fans.
Wedding Planner – Work drenched in romance all day long … nothing could be better, right? Even though you’ll be helping the happy couple, take a spare moment to chat with some of the handsome single guests.
Lawyer – There are so many positions available within the legal system, from the courtroom to the office. Take advantage of the career opportunities and the after hours socializing.
Ski Instructor – Another fitness-related industry where you get to enjoy being outside in the fresh air, doing what you love, and meeting other people who love the powder as much as you do.
Military – The military isn’t something to sign up for to meet a man. It’s something you’ve got to have a passion for. But if serving your country means a great deal to you, this career will ensure you’ve got plenty of male company.
Police – Whether you choose to go into the police as an officer or as a dispatcher or any of the other jobs available, know that you’ll be joining a tight-knit group of men and women bonded over the pressure of the job.
Dog Walker – This is a great short-term job if you live in a big city. If you’re looking for money on the side and you love animals, you’ll find well-paying clients glad that someone’s taking care of Fido.
Hardware or Farm Store – There’s not much call for dog walking in rural or remote areas, but the local hardware or farm store is often the gossip center for the region, where locals come in to get supplies and trade news.
Electronics Store – Nowadays men love their gadgets more than ever before. If you can be the knowledgeable salesperson who leads him to his new dream device, it’ll pave the way to enjoyable conversation.
Casino – There are plenty of jobs at a casino, whether it’s at the restaurants, entertainment, or bar. This might not be the best place to find a relationship-minded man, though.
Golf Course – Country clubs are magnets for well-heeled men.
Bookstore – Best place to meet other book lovers. “Chapter 1: They Meet.”
Accountant – There’s a shortage of women in financial services jobs. If you know your way around a spreadsheet and love the magic of numbers, then accountancy is for you.
Tech Support/IT – IT is one of those male-dominated industries that’s becoming increasingly aware of its need to create more inviting working environments for women. The perks of working at Google, Microsoft, etc are legendary … and so is the male-female ratio.
Child Care – If you love children, this is a no-brainer. Working parents, especially single working parents, need someone to rely on with their kids.
Journalist – Journalism is a tough industry. The pay isn’t great, the hours are crazy, but the adrenaline and the thrill of seeing your words in print is beyond belief.
Video Game Industry – Guys love video games. Whether you find work coding for a video game company, designing graphics for the latest app, or simply selling games at retail level, guys will love meeting someone who speaks their language.
Barber Shop – If you’re already cutting women’s hair, why not branch out and see male clients?
Men’s Clothing Store – Retail jobs don’t pay well, but if you’re looking for something short-term, helping your guy customers dress a bit sharper can be your act of goodwill for the day.
Health Store – If you know your way around vitamins and supplements, this is a great job to meet guys who are super-interested in healthy living.
Dry Cleaners – Not the sexiest job, but men in professional roles depend on dry cleaners to get their suits ready for that next big meeting.
Waitress – Sometimes, waiting tables is the perfect interlude to something bigger and better … especially if you live in Hollywood.
Coffee Shop – Become his favorite barista, and he won’t be able to live without you.
Church – Studies show that church is one of the best places to meet someone for a lifetime together.
DJ – DJing will get you into all the hottest parties, and being the one spinning the tracks keeps the spotlight on you.
Event Coordinator – Like a wedding planner, event coordinators have to have nerves of steel to balance demanding clients with the schedules of contractors and venues. But the socializing opportunities are numerous.
Sports Reporter – Sports reporting is still a male-dominated profession. You may find you have to prove your worth by knowing the sport better than any of your male peers. But if you love sports and love talking to athletes, then you’ll fit right in.
Personal Shopper – This is one of those just plain fun jobs, if you love fashion. You’ll mostly work with a female clientele, but every so often men will need your assistance, too.
Gym Employee – Studies show that anyone you meet when you’re riding high on the pleasure of endorphins seems more attractive. If you’re working at the check-in counter, that person will be you.
Car Dealer – If you love cars and can talk knowledgeably about what’s under the hood, then this is a great opportunity to show off your people skills.
Health Center – The medical industry is bursting at the seams. A health care career will ensure you’ll always have work, and you’ll get to work with a number of other men and women on a daily basis.
Comedian – Female comedians kill it. Try an open mic night at a local comedy club.
Mechanic – So you’ve got to put up with calendars of women in bikinis leaning over classic cars, but the male-female ratio is high.
Oil Rig – Nothing is more masculine than working on a oil rig. If you can be one of those rare women who can make it in the oil industry, you’ll earn their respect.
Politician/Lobbyist – Politics means long hours, shaking a lot of hands, and delivering a lot of sound bites, but it also means getting yourself out there and trying to be the change you want to see in the world.
Construction – Have a yen to build things? Then the construction industry needs a few good women.
Anything You Love Doing – When you love what you do, you radiate passion. You draw other people into your work. You share your gifts with the world. Don’t ever waste that talent. No job can compare with the magnetic potential of doing what you were born to do.
P.S. Want some more suggestions on where you can meet men? Your Brilliance expert author James Bauer has you covered. He gives you tips on how to open your eyes so that you can see all the romantic opportunities around you.