As home to supermajors, as well as a plethora of smaller, independent energy players, the US boasts one of the largest concentrations of energy personnel in the world. With its insatiable appetite for energy resources, the United States is the world's single largest consumer of oil, using as much as 20.73 million barrels per day as of 2008. Recently, interest has peaked in the vast quantity of untapped natural gas resources in the US, the reserves of which were inventoried in 2008 at 238 Tcf, with producers specifically targeting the nation's promising shale formations for this energy commodity.
Architects are responsible for planning, designing, and overseeing the construction of buildings and structures, and their main goal is to build a structure as efficiently and safely as possible. They are most notably involved in the initial design and construction phase, but will stay involved throughout the course of a project. In the oil and gas industry, architects are involved in the construction of buildings and other civil projects where they will work with structural and civil engineers and designers, as well as construction managers and engineers.