Which Industry's Workers Need Coffee More?

September 25, 2012 (PLANSPONSOR.com) – Food preparation and service workers are professions that need coffee the most, according to a survey by Dunkin’ Donuts and CareerBuilder.

The survey also reveals that coffee plays a major role in helping workers perk up on the job—43% of those who drink coffee claim they are less productive without it.

According to the survey, the workers that need coffee to get through the workday most are:

  • Food preparation/service workers; 
  • Scientists; 
  • Sales representatives; 
  • Marketing/public relations professionals; 
  • Nurses (nurse, nurse practitioner or physician assistant); 
  • Editors/writers/media workers; 
  • Business executives; 
  • Teachers/instructors (K-12); 
  • Engineering technicians/support; and 
  • IT managers/network administrators.


The majority of coffee drinkers do not stop after one cup, either—63% of workers who drink coffee drink two or more cups each workday; 28% drink three or more.

Comparing age groups, a greater number of younger workers indicate they need coffee for energy and motivation, as 62% of workers ages 18 to 24 say they are less productive without coffee and 58% ages 25 to 34 say the same.

While 55% of workers claim to drink at least one cup of coffee each workday, the Northeast holds the heaviest coffee drinkers, with 64% of workers drinking at least one cup per day, compared with the South (54%) and the Midwest and West (51%).

Coffee dependence seems to vary among genders, as well. Nearly half of female respondents (47%) claim they are less productive without it, compared with 40% of men.

The survey was conducted online by Harris Interactive on behalf of CareerBuilder among 4,152 U.S. workers (employed full time, not self-employed) ages 18 and over between August 13 and September 6, 2012.