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.
Painting, Coating, and Blasting professionals are the individuals responsible for selecting, priming, applying, and removing the coating systems for various oil and gas equipment and pipelines. The painting/coating of equipment serves a number of purposes including corrosion prevention, providing a non-slip surface, and using bright colours to allow maximum visibility. Painting/coating is extremely useful in drilling equipment where it can help with heat resistance, and in offshore or subsea operations where coatings must stand up to extreme pressures and salt water. "Blasting" refers to the prepping of the surface about to be painted/coated. It involves applying high pressured sand, water or other material to the equipment that is about to be painted/coated. There are numerous jobs available in this field, from designing these systems to the individuals involved in the actual painting, coating, or blasting.