One particular region that has continued to drill deeper to hit the hydrocarbon jackpot is located in the world's southern hemisphere and features unconventional conditions for recovering hydrocarbons. Specifically, Brazil's energy giant Petrobras is taking the reins for unlocking vast amounts of oil and gas below layers of salt, rock and sand, and several of the most memorable finds are located in extreme water depths in the country's subsalt basins. Operator of the Orinoco heavy oil belt, Venezuela's state-controlled PDVSA also reigns as a primary player in South America's energy sector. As a region, South America boasts some of the largest oil-and-gas discoveries ever made and is estimated to contain billions in recoverable hydrocarbon reserves.
Geoscience technicians assist in the collection and interpretation of geological data. They work closely with geologists, geophysicists, and other geoscience professionals. Their duties may include storing, retrieving, compiling, manipulating and displaying data to assist in the discovery or production of oil and gas. In some cases geoscience technicians will be responsible for the maintenance and repair of equipment or instruments, and have experience with geoscience related computer software programs such as Aries or PHDWin is generally preferable.