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.
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.