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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bmcgraw

Architects should definitely make the list.... they inhale coffee! (esp architecture students, who consistently go days on end without sleeping)

February 10 2014 at 12:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
bmcgraw

Architects should definitely make the list.... they inhale coffee!

February 10 2014 at 12:51 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
lazv1

Not all jobs are office related! get off of that chair and head over to construction places, wood shops, mechanics, even police officers and youi will find out who really drinks coffee at 4:00 or 5:00 am and not at 9:30!!!!!!

October 01 2012 at 10:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
lazv1

Not all jobs are office related! get off of that chair and head over to construction places, wood shops, mechanics, even police officers and youi will find out who really drinks coffee at 4:00 or 5:00 am and not at 9:30!!!!!!

October 01 2012 at 10:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
olan5tops

I bet the polsters forgot to check the Salvation Army people too!

October 01 2012 at 6:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Harry Hurt

Don't forget pilots. They drink coffee by the gallon, especially the ones that fly at night.

October 01 2012 at 5:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
scot168

Left off sailors, did you ever see old Navy CPO's? Their finger had the coffee cup curl after years of drinking countless cups of late night cups of coffee. Don't let anyone every tell you different, Chief Petty Officers run the Navy.

October 01 2012 at 5:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
wesdik

I don't know how anybody can drink that bitter crap! I'd rather have a glass of orange juice, apple juice or some V-8 juice.

October 01 2012 at 4:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
timant2007

What about attorneys and anyone in the law profession. I study thousands of cases. Do you think that happens by accident?

October 01 2012 at 4:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
kvh32055

It's a good article, unfortunately published the week AFTER the fact.

October 01 2012 at 9:46 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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