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.
An Electrician is a qualified tradesperson who installs and repairs electrical equipment and wiring. In addition to working on buildings, electricians may specialise in electrical wiring and cabling of ships, planes and other mobile platforms, such as oil rigs. This position usually begins with an apprenticeship where the apprentice will work alongside a more qualified electrician to learn the trade in addition to classroom study to obtain the appropriate qualifications.