Spanning Canada and the United States, North America is home to a plethora of major industry players, including Exxon Mobil Corp, the world's second-largest publicly traded company after Royal Dutch Shell. The region's oil and natural gas industry is focused on developing oil sands, deepwater gulf prospects and increasingly profitable shale deposits stretching across the continent. One of the premier sweet spots for deepwater exploration, the Gulf of Mexico is the largest body of water indenting the U.S. continental coastline, and its subsea developments continue to spark both national and international interest.
Geoscience technicians assist in the collection and interpretation of geological data. They work closely with geologists, geophysicists, and other geoscience professionals. Their duties may include storing, retrieving, compiling, manipulating and displaying data to assist in the discovery or production of oil and gas. In some cases geoscience technicians will be responsible for the maintenance and repair of equipment or instruments, and have experience with geoscience related computer software programs such as Aries or PHDWin is generally preferable.