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.
Human Resources (HR) encompasses all functions pertaining to managing people within an organization through policies, systems, and strategic objectives. Recruitment, training, development, compensation, benefits, and employee relations are all functions typically managed by an HR department. HR also plays a major role in overseeing company culture, ensuring legal compliance, and aligning the human resources strategy with that of the business to minimize costs and reduce risk.