Scientists, Marketers Are Biggest Coffee Cravers at Work

A new survey shows how coffee is fueling the American work force.

Nearly half of the U.S. workers surveyed said they are less productive without their daily cup of joe. In particular, scientists and lab technicians are heavily reliant on their coffee, followed by marketing and public relations professionals, based on the results of a survey of nearly 5,000 full-time employees. The survey was conducted by Dunkin' Donuts, which has more than a passing interest in coffee consumption, and CareerBuilder.

Other professions with the highest proportion of workers saying they accomplish less when they lack coffee were, in descending order, education administrators, editors and writers, health care administrators, physicians, food preparers, social workers, financial professionals, and skilled tradespeople such as plumbers and carpenters.

Geographically, workers in the Northeast were found to be most coffee-dependent, followed by those in the West, Midwest and South.

The survey was conducted to commemorate National Coffee Day (Sept. 29), featuring discounts and promotions by many coffee-serving establishments, including Dunkin' Donuts.  

[Infographic: How Much Coffee Do Americans Drink?]

"Coffee continues to play an increasingly important role in the workplace, helping to jump-start people across all professions in the morning and keep them going throughout their busy workday," John Costello, chief global marketing and innovation officer at Dunkin' Brands, said in a prepared release.

And coffee is making employees feel more than just productive. 

Thirty-six percent of surveyed professionals under the age of 24 claim coffee has helped their overall career
by providing an opportunity to network with co-workers.

"It's interesting to see how coffee not only brings additional energy to the workday, but also provides opportunities to strike up conversations and build relationships," Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources at CareerBuilder, said in a prepared statement.

The survey also found that 61 percent of coffee-drinking professionals actually down two cups or more each workday, with 28 percent guzzling at least three cups.

Additionally, the study revealed how various professionals like their coffee: Hotel workers and attorneys are most likely to take it black, while human resources professionals and personal caretakers tend to prefer cream and sugar.