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.
The Rig Instrument Technician involves working with complex instruments that measure changes in the industrial environment. The Technician is responsible for the instruments themselves, measuring factors that may impact their safe and efficient operation. These factors include temperature, stress, vibration, humidity and also pressure. Although the role revolves around maintaining existing instruments, it can involve designing and building alternate devices when necessary.