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Day in the Life of a Tech Professional

The average work day for people working in tech is hardly predictable, but there are some common themes. Take a look at some of the responses from our online survey of professionals across the globe.

6:00 a.m.

Wake Up

  • 49% wake up between 6 and 7 a.m.
  • 10% wake up before 6 a.m.
  • 41% wake up at 7 a.m. or later
  • 33% put on their glasses
  • 5% put in their contacts
  • 10% have both glasses and contacts
  • 52% have neither

6:30 a.m.

Grab Some Coffee?

  • No: 34%
  • Yes: 66%
  • 29% have 1 cup
  • 44% have 2 cups
  • 19% have 3 cups
  • 6% have 4 cups
  • 2% have 5+ cups

7:30 a.m.

Begin Commute to Work

  • 10% don’t commute, as remote workers
  • 73% take a car
  • 14% use public transportation
  • 1% have a motorcycle

8:00 a.m.

Arrive at Work

  • 57% start working between 8 and 9 a.m.
  • 6% start between midnight and 6:30 a.m.
  • 5% start after noon
  • 9% work in organizations of 0-10
  • 18% work in organizations of 11-100
  • 30% work in organizations of 101-500
  • 43% work in organizations of 501+

8:30 a.m.

Start Working

  • 71% fire up their PC
    • 16% Mac
    • 6% both
    • 6% Linux
    • 1% Unix

10:00 a.m.

Time for the First Meeting of the Day

  • 51% average one or two meetings each day
  • 35% have no meetings

12:00 p.m.

Grab Lunch

  • 62% bring their own lunch
  • 38% go out for lunch

2:30 p.m.

Finish Up Projects

  • 78% listen to music while they work

Top genres:

  • Rock: 27%
  • Hip-Hop: 19%
  • Electronic: 10%
  • Jazz: 8%

5:30 p.m.

Head Home — Or Work Late?

  • 74% finish work between 4:30 and 6:00 p.m.
  • 62% work 7-8 hours each day
  • 25% never work late
  • 58% work late 1-2 times per week

6:00 p.m.

Relax at Home

  • 54% are welcomed by at least one furry companion
    • 26% are cat people
    • 67% are dog people
    • 7% have both
  • 38% perform freelance tech work

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