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 Toolpusher is responsible for the drill crew and, on some rigs, the marine and maintenance crews as well. On land, the Toolpusher may be the rig manager responsible for all operations. They are able to utilize real-time data to co-ordinate operations, ensuring equipment and manpower is available to complete a specific task.