We want to make it easier for Amazonians to pursue their aspirations, but it can be difficult in this economy to have the flexibility and financial resources to teach yourself new skills. So we offer our hourly associates the Career Choice program.
Career Choice is available to Amazon hourly associates who have been employed for one continuous year. The company pre-pays 95% of tuition and fees for associates to earn certificates and associate degrees in high-demand occupations such as aircraft mechanics, computer-aided design, machine tool technologies, medical laboratory science, dental hygiene, solar technician, and nursing, to name a few. (We exclusively fund education only in areas that are in high demand according to sources like the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, and we fund those areas regardless of whether those skills are relevant to a career at Amazon.)
In addition, Amazon will reimburse 95% of the cost of all required textbooks. In total, Career Choice will pay up to $12,000 in tuition, textbooks, and associated fees over four years.
To date, more than 16,000 associates have participated in Career Choice across 10 countries–U.S., Canada, U.K., Germany, Spain, France, Ireland, Italy, Poland, and Czech Republic–and we’re expanding the program to South Africa, Costa Rica, and Slovakia this year.
Because of the great interest in Career Choice, we've built 39 onsite classrooms so college and technical classes can be taught inside our Fulfillment Centers, making associates' participation in Career Choice even more seamless by reducing the need to commute to skill-building classes.
This program is peculiar (just like we are). In fact, it's safe to say you won't find anything quite like it anywhere else. See what Career Choice graduates like Jamie Davis say about their experience and how it’s changed their lives for the better