Benefits Coordinators Among Professions Most Needing a Cup of Joe

September 28, 2011 ( - According to a new survey commissioned jointly by Dunkin’ Donuts and CareerBuilder, coffee plays a big role in helping professionals perk up at work, as 34% need coffee to get through their workday.

Forty-six percent of those who drink coffee claim they are less productive without a cup of Joe. The survey also found scientists/lab technicians are the professions that need coffee the most, followed by marketing/public relations and education administrators.  

The rest of the top 15 professions in which workers most need a coffee include: 

  • Editor/Writer; 
  • Healthcare Administrator; 
  • Physician; 
  • Food Preparer; 
  • Professor; 
  • Social Worker; 
  • Financial Professional; 
  • Personal Caretaker; 
  • Human Resources Benefits Coordinator; 
  • Nurse; 
  • Government Professional; and 
  • Skilled Tradesperson (plumber, carpenter, etc). 

The survey also shows 61% of workers who drink coffee actually drink two cups or more each workday. Twenty-eight percent drink three cups or more.  

Geographically, workers in the Northeast stated they are the most dependent on coffee, with 49% of people claiming they are less productive without coffee, compared to the West at 47%, and Midwest and South at 45% each.  

Thirty-six percent of American workers ages 18 to 24 claimed that coffee has helped their career by providing an opportunity to network with other co-workers.  

The survey was conducted online within the U.S. by Harris Interactive on behalf of among 4,721 U.S. workers (employed full-time; not self-employed; both government and non-government) ages 18 and over between August 16 and September 8, 2011.