What Do Rachel And José From Married At First Sight Do For A Living?

Season 13 of "Married at First Sight" introduced viewers to lovable couple Rachel and José who, as ScreenRant points out, had a better chance of going the distance than many others on the hit show, thanks to being similarly unlucky in love. As the outlet notes, both Rachel and José had trouble finding partners who were serious enough about them to want to settle down, so clearly, getting married suited both of their needs.

While the two did have a difficult journey on the show, per Distractify, they ultimately ended up together on the all-important Decision Day. Rachel and José had similar issues with trust, and fought frequently over money, but were consistently willing to try and make things work. Fans were no doubt cheering the two of them on, but the couple announced their decision to divorce in December 2021, per People. "After much thought, we have decided that we are better off going our separate ways," read a joint statement from their teams. "It's a decision we do not make lightly, but after some back and forth and trying to make this marriage work, we know this decision best serves our future." Wedded bliss may not have been in the cards for Rachel and José, but as it turns out, both parties have established careers to fall back on (outside of the reality TV space).

Rachel and José both prioritize their careers

According to ScreenRant, Rachel works as a special education evaluator, while José is a mission flight specialist. For José, who grew up in a family that struggled to make ends meet, it was important that he provide for himself and his loved ones later on in life. Per Career Trend, the reality star operates various spacecrafts, while also taking care of the flight plans for each mission. Distractify confirms that José typically clocks in at the NASA Space Center in Houston, Texas, which is also where his season of "Married at First Sight" was filmed. Aside from planning the various missions, José is tasked with fixing equipment onboard the space station itself. 

As Career Trend notes, thousands of people apply to work at NASA each year, but there are few positions available. Moreover, "Competition is tough. To have any chance at all, you have to meet NASA's astronaut requirements." Because a two-year training program must be completed before a prospective mission flight specialist is even offered a job, this highlights José's dedication to his career. And while reality TV is infamous for showcasing contestants' bizarre jobs, per Us Weekly, there's no denying that Rachel and José have serious and well-established professions. The two may have bickered onscreen about their finances, but Flying Magazine reports that civilian astronauts can earn an annual salary of up to $145,000, so money may not have been the real reason behind Rachel and José's breakup.