Who Drinks the Most Coffee in the Workplace?

A Dunkin' Donuts and Careerbuilder survey finds that food-service workers, scientists, and sales reps are chugging the java

Does your office practically run on coffee? It just might if you work in food service, science labs, or sales offices. 

In honor of the upcoming National Coffee Day this week, Dunkin' Donuts and Careerbuilder paired up to survey American workers to figure out which professions drank the most coffee. The survey questioned more than 4,000 workers for three weeks between August and September, according to a release. 

The findings? Better tip your food-service workers so they can keep up with their caffeine habit, as they rank number one in the survey. Scientists, sales reps, nurses, and teachers all cracked the top 10; as well as public relations/marketing execs and reporters and writers. (Judging by the number of Starbucks cups in our collective trash can, we'd have to agree.) 

Other stats from the survey: 63 percent of all coffee drinkers drink two or more cups per day, with 28 percent drinking three or more per day. Employees in the Northwest drink more coffee than those in the South or Midwest. And unsurprisingly, nearly everyone says that coffee helps their productivity. 

Check out the full list below, in order of coffee-drinking professions.

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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I suspect the BIGGEST coffee drinkers are the smokers...or, perhaps those workers who are not sure what to do next or are afraid to do next what they should, so they go have a cup of coffee. Coffee breaks are a huge waste of time AND they are unhealthy. If you drink more than a cup a day, you will be giving up your job to a non-coffee drinker whose nerves are not frayed. Drink up!


Yo journalist--with a screenname like that you researched before making remark, right (doubt it!)? or do you work for Rush? All recent research has shown there are medical benefits to drinking coffee. As for "coffee breaks", it's not just for coffee drinkers. So you're saying you don't take "breaks', coffee or otherwise? yeah right. they're not a waste of time, or employers wouldn't offer them; they offer refresher to clear mind and be more alert and creative. And show me one worker who's lost job because of coffee; considering your unfounded and wild remarks, maybe YOU need to drink some caffeine so your brain can wake up and think before you write!

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