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.
Laboratory technicians typically perform the hands-on work in a lab, including analyzing samples, conducting tests, and documenting procedures and results. They may work with a variety of hazardous chemicals and are responsible for the overall cleanliness and organization of the laboratory. These technicians provide all the technical and operational support to allow the lab to function effectively, while ensuring that health and safety guidelines are met and correct processes are followed.