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.
Software Specialists take part in a number of critical duties in the geosciences field. They help collect, analyze, interpret and input data collected by geoscience professionals in the field. These individuals are usually experts with one or more geological software programs, and these programs can vary from data analysis, to reservoir modeling, to well logging.