Harvesting an abundance of oil and natural gas resources, the Middle East supplies nearly half of all exports to the global oil market. Middle Eastern countries Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are all members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), which pumps roughly 40% of the world's oil, with Saudi Arabia leading the pack for the greatest amount of output. OPEC's crude oil production was 28.7 million barrels per day in the first half of 2009.
Chemical engineers apply the principles of chemistry to help convert raw materials into useful products. They deal with the design, construction, maintenance and operation of plants and equipment to carry out these procedures. In the oil and gas industry, chemical engineers work to help refine crude oil into useable products such as gasoline and lubricants, and they are also heavily involved in chemical plants and manufacturing operations. Some positions that would require a chemical engineer include process engineer, corrosion engineer and petrochemical engineer, among others.