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.
Programming & Database roles involve the creation of software used to manage data in a structured format, making it readily accessible, and in line with the needs of the business. In oil and gas, there are many roles that require a Programming & Database background, including CNC Programmer, Data Scientist, and Pipeline Analyst. In fact, any role that requires data to be stored and structured will often employ a Programmer or Database Engineer.