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 Amazon Boosts Military Hiring Efforts

Seattle, WA-based Amazon announced earlier this year its plans to grow its full-time, U.S.-based workforce from 180,000 in 2016 to more than 280,000 by mid-2018. It’s already created 150,000-plus jobs in the U.S., growing its workforce here from 30,000 employees in 2011 to more than 180,000 at the end of 2016.
In addition, 10,000 military veterans already work at Amazon, and last year the company pledged to hire and train an additional 25,000 veterans and military spouses during the next five years.
The tech company has further committed to training 10,000 active duty service members, veterans and military spouses not employed by Amazon in cloud computing via AWS Educate.
In addition to its increased military hiring efforts and its plans to grow its workforce even more, Amazon points out that 9,000-plus employees have now participated in its career choice program that pre-pays 95 percent of tuition for degrees in high-demand occupations such as aircraft mechanics, computer-aided design, machine tool technologies, medical lab technologies, nursing and many other fields.
These new job opportunities are for people all across the country and with all types of experience, education and skill levels - from engineers and software developers to those seeking entry-level positions and on-the-job training.
Many of the roles will be in new fulfillment centers that have been previously announced by Amazon during the past several months and that are currently under construction in Texas, California, Florida, New Jersey and many other states across the country.
In addition to direct, full-time employment, Amazon businesses such as Marketplace and Amazon Flex will continue to create thousands of jobs for people across the U.S. who want to start their own business or the flexibility to work part-time and set their own schedules.
“Innovation is one of our guiding principles at Amazon, and it’s created hundreds of thousands of American jobs. These jobs are not just in our Seattle headquarters or in Silicon Valley - they’re in our customer service network, fulfillment centers and other facilities in local communities throughout the country,” notes Jeff Bezos, Amazon Founder and CEO.
“We plan to add another 100,000 new Amazonians across the company over the next 18 months as we open new fulfillment centers, and continue to invent in areas like cloud technology, machine learning and advanced logistics.”
To learn more about working at Amazon, visit amazon.jobs.
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