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.
The Directional Driller is responsible for drilling the off-vertical portion of the wellbore in accordance with the operator's drilling program so that all targets are reached. Directional Drillers oversee the rig up and rig down of the steering portion of the bottom hole assembly and work within the drilling contractor's and operator's safety and operational policies.