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.
Safety Engineering is an engineering discipline that applies engineering principles in order to design and implement systems with acceptable levels of safety. Safety Engineers evaluate and review specifications of machinery to ensure they meet safety regulations and are safe to operate. They design and implement safety programs to prevent and decrease the possibility of human error in engineered environments.