The 10 Professions That Drink The Most Coffee

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By Susan Ricker


Nothing is more motivating than the aroma of fresh coffee floating through the air. It's the invigorating scent that confidently says, "We're going to get this done today!" and starts streaming energy through you. Like getting to work on time and finding no long list of emails to tackle, a cup of coffee can make a big difference in a worker's morning.

A new survey
commissioned jointly by Dunkin' Donuts and CareerBuilder shows just how many workers rely on an eye-opening and mind-cranking cup of strong coffee: 43 percent of those surveyed claim that they are less productive without a cup of joe. For those who do make coffee a regular part of their workday, 63 percent of coffee-drinking workers actually drink two cups or more each workday, and 28 percent drink three cups or more.

National Coffee Day is Saturday, Sept. 29, and in celebration of the beverage that fuels the nation's productivity, Dunkin' Donuts and CareerBuilder sought out to find which jobs rely on coffee the most and what else is going on in the coffee mugs of workers across America.

Part Of The Job

Coffee seems to be a necessity on the job in a wide variety of careers. Workers who stated that they are less productive without coffee were found in many different professions, though the highest numbers of workers who need coffee to get through the workday are:
  1. Food preparation/service workers
  2. Scientists
  3. Sales representatives
  4. Marketing/public relations professionals
  5. Nurses (nurse, nurse practitioner or physician assistant)
  6. Editors/writers/media workers
  7. Business executives
  8. Teachers/instructors (K-12)
  9. Engineering technicians/support
  10. IT managers/network administrators


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The Worker's Daily Grind

A worker's day can be just as unique as his coffee preference, but among the coffee-drinkers' community, the survey showed definite trends of just how essential to the workplace the caffeine bean really is:
  • 63 percent of workers who drink coffee actually drink two cups or more each workday. 28 percent drink three cups or more.
  • The majority of younger workers need coffee for energy and motivation, as 62 percent of workers aged 18 to 24 say they are less productive without coffee, with 58 percent of workers aged 25 to 34 making the same claim.
  • 55 percent of workers claim to drink at least one cup of coffee each workday. Geographically, 64 percent of workers in the Northeast drink at least one cup per day, compared to the South at 54 percent and the Midwest and West at 51 percent.

Overall, 43 percent of workers who drink coffee claim they are less productive without their cup of Joe. 47 percent of female workers claim they are less productive without coffee, compared to 40 percent of male workers.

Survey Reveals Coffee Preferences Across Professions




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