TALLAHASSEE —Veteransenergypipeline.com, a new website, helps veterans find private-sector jobs that use skills they acquired during military service.   

The oil and natural gas industry reportedly supports more than 9 million American men and women in fields ranging from accountants and geologists to rig hands. But about half of the industry’s skilled workforce will retire in the next five to 10 years.

Replacing this pool of talent has become a priority for the industry, according to Vets4Energy. The non-partisan coalition of volunteer veterans is promoting the website, which is underwritten by the American Petroleum Institute. 

 “Our goal is to build on the successes of America’s energy revolution and help those serving our country, as well as veterans, transition into well-paying careers in the oil and gas industry,” API President and CEO Jack Gerard said.

The Pipeline also is designed for prospective employers. Using the site, a company seeking veteran talent can enter their own job descriptions and determine which military occupations best fit their needs.