Amazon has plans to create more than 100,000 new full-time jobs across the US by 2018.
The new job opportunities will be for people 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, the company said. Many of the roles will be in new fulfillment centers that are currently under construction in Texas, California, Florida, New Jersey and many other states across the country.
Over the past five years, Amazon has created over 150,000 jobs in America, growing its workforce here from 30,000 employees in 2011 to over 180,000 at the end of 2016. The company intends to grow its forces to 280,000 by mid-2018.
Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and c.e.o., said: “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. 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.”
The online retailer last year pledged to hire and train 25,000 military veterans and spouses over the next five years. In addition, the company committed to training 10,000 active duty service members, veterans and military spouses not employed by Amazon in cloud computing through AWS Educate.