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.
Laboratory technicians typically perform the hands-on work in a lab, including analyzing samples, conducting tests, and documenting procedures and results. They may work with a variety of hazardous chemicals and are responsible for the overall cleanliness and organization of the laboratory. These technicians provide all the technical and operational support to allow the lab to function effectively, while ensuring that health and safety guidelines are met and correct processes are followed.