Amazon announced Monday it is hiring for 100,000 new full and part-time jobs across the country -- 6,500 of which will be in North Texas.
Daniel Martin, the operations PR manager for Amazon, explained that the new jobs are needed to meet customer demand.
“A lot of it is for our operations network, but in addition to it, we are also hiring IT, management, safety and security, as well as technology jobs,” Martin said.
Martin said last year, Amazon promoted more than 20,000 people nationwide from hourly to full time.
“These jobs can be a springboard into new opportunities and careers within Amazon,” he said.
The online retail giant said the jobs are in addition to the more than 43,500 jobs already created in Texas.
Jobs will start at $15 per hour with benefits that start on the first day on the job.
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University of North Texas economics professor Michael Carroll said any sort of hiring in this economy is positive.
He said that warehouse jobs are a good start, but not enough to sustain an economic workforce.
He said to look for jobs on the technical and logistical side.
“If you could be the one in charge of scheduling trucks and deliveries, I think that’s a real growth industry right now,” Carroll said.
Carroll said it would take a long-term job to survive in this economy, and he shared advice with people looking to grow within the company.
“Learn the picture of Amazon. Don’t just go to work and work your eight hours and go home. Figure out what the company is really doing,” Carroll said.
Amazon said they opened 75 fulfillment and delivery stations this year and hundreds of additional locations are opening by the end of the year to serve customers during what is expected to be their biggest peak season ever.
There are six fulfillment centers in North Texas, one opened in southwest Dallas this year and three new delivery stations are open in Fort Worth, Frisco and Forney.
Amazon will host a virtual career day on Thursday. Those who attend can learn about the company's 33,000 corporate and tech job openings available across the country. Career coaching sessions are also offered. Prospective employees can register online click here.