The American Petroleum Institute (API) recently released a vendor survey that demonstrates the diverse array of suppliers, service providers, and other small and mid-sized businesses supporting the U.S. energy renaissance.
“Oil and natural gas companies are only one part of a much larger economic success story that is creating job growth up and down the supply chain,” said API Upstream Group Director Erik Milito. “From the folks who make work gloves to environmental consultants, these businesses represent just a small cross-section of the opportunities created by America’s energy revolution.”
API’s 2014 vendor survey lists nearly 30,000 operators, contractors, service companies, suppliers, and other vendors that support oil and natural gas operations in every state and the District of Columbia. It includes individual state profiles, which detail job gains and salary information for industry- related work, as well as information on survey participants organized by congressional district.
“Overall, as of 2011, the oil and natural gas industry directly or indirectly supported 9.8 million U.S. jobs, and many more are expected over the next decade,” said Milito.
Oil and gas operations are commonly found in remote locations far from company headquarters. Now, it's possible to monitor pump operations, collate and analyze seismic data, and track employees around the world from almost anywhere. Whether employees are in the office or in the field, the internet and related applications enable a greater multidirectional flow of information – and control – than ever before.