Most people enjoy the convenience of technology and find advancements exciting. But when machines start to replace humans, technology's effect on the economy becomes a concern. The White House even warned that millions of jobs, specifically cashiers and drivers, are in jeopardy.
Amazon, along with its warehouses full of robots, has already significantly changed the retail industry. Its new grocery store, Amazon Go, will let customers grab items and go instead of waiting in checkout lines. Luckily, the company has also made job creation a priority.
Amazon plans to create over 100,000 full-time, full-benefit jobs, most of which will be at new fulfillment centers (warehouses that fulfill product orders) that are currently being built. Theses centers will be in New Jersey, Texas, Florida, California, and other states all over the country. From people who are seasoned professionals in their field to people who need on-the-job training, the company said it is looking for employees with all different types of experience, education, and skill levels.
Their benefits package seems great. Employees receive health insurance, disability insurance, a retirement plan and stock in the company. And new parents can take up to 20 weeks of paid leave.
Amazon already provides lots of jobs and money-making opportunities for people with different lifestyles:
- Over 10,000 veterans worked for Amazon and last year they promised to hire and train 25,000 veterans and military spouses over the next five years.
- Entrepreneurs can sell products, apps, and services through Amazon. The company said that in 2016, over 100,000 sellers generated over $100,000 each in sales.
- With Amazon Flex, people can "earn up to $25 per hour by delivering Amazon packages on their own schedule using their own vehicle and smartphone."
- Specifically, in the Amazon Jobs portal, they currently have hundreds of open positions for college students/new grads and people who'd like to work from home. Right now, their fulfillment centers have just under 4,000 open positions.
As the new positions arise over the next 18 months, Amazon is sure to post them on https://www.amazon.jobs/.