Boasting 178 billion barrels of proven oil reserves and close to 58 Tcf of proven natural gas reserves as of 2009, Canada is the world's largest reserve holder after Saudi Arabia and the top supplier of U.S. energy imports. Canada is also home to the world's most expansive oil sands deposits, the development of which extracts and processes a heavy, tar-like crude bitumen that comprises the bulk of the country's reserves. Canada's oil and natural gas sector is privatized, with industry regulation occurring at the provincial level.
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.