Amazon Announces 5,000 Warehouse Job Openings Ahead of Obama Visit

President Barack Obama is scheduled to deliver a speech on jobs at Amazon's Chattanooga warehouse later today, and in anticipation of his visit, the e-commerce site announced that it's looking to hire 5,000 full-time warehouse employees to work throughout its growing network of U.S. fulfillment centers. According to Amazon, median pay inside its fulfillment centers is 30 percent higher than that of people who work in traditional retail stores, and that's before factoring in stock grants that full-time employees receive, which over the past five years have added an average of 9 percent to base pay annually.

"We’re hiring more than 5,000 people to join our team and help us continue to innovate and serve our customers," said Dave Clark, vice president of worldwide operations and customer service at Amazon. "We’re focused on sustained innovation across Amazon and want to help our employees succeed—whether at Amazon or elsewhere—so we offer programs like Career Choice, where we’ll pay for up to 95 percent of eligible employees’ tuition regardless of whether the skills they learn are relevant to a career at Amazon."

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Amazon currently employs 20,000 full-time employees in its U.S. fulfillment centers, having opened eight new locations in just the last year alone. The 5,000 jobs available now include picking, packing, and shipping customer orders while using "high-end, state of the art technology," Amazon says.

In addition to warehouse jobs, Amazon is looking to add 2,000 customer service employees in a mix of full-time, part-time, and seasonal positions. Some of those positions will be work-from-home.