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.
Site engineers supervise workers on the construction site and monitor construction activities. They act as a liaison between the technical department and construction on engineering issues and implement best practices. Typical activities include preparing site reports, providing technical advice to the general workforce, surveying sites, and liaising with other engineers, consultants, contractors and clients.