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.
Sales professionals play an integral part in most businesses as they are responsible for selling a product or service to consumers. Depending on the type of position, sales professionals are required to complete numerous tasks including, prospecting, cold calling, client visits as well as some financial duties such as budgeting or forecasting. The sales arena is very broad with positions including inside sales, outside sales, account management and many others.