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for Amazon workers wary about more and more of these robots taking over their work there's now a path ahead the E. commerce giant on Thursday said it'll invest seven hundred million dollars to retrain a hundred thousand staffers about a third of its US work force by twenty twenty five the program is open to workers from warehouses to corporate offices for example someone with no technical background can pick up skills for a software engineering career and those with technical backgrounds can be trained for machine learning skills the announcement comes at a time when Amazon faces criticism about poor pay and working conditions even after it high minimum wage to fifteen dollars an hour last year and one group of workers at a warehouse in Minnesota recently called for a strike during next week's Amazon prime day sales Reuters reporter Jeffrey dastan well we are in a period of historically low unemployment there are questions as to what will change when more and more work is automated such as the hundreds of thousands of jobs that Amazon is created in its warehouses worldwide Amazon has offered programs for retraining its workers before what's new now is the scope there are more programs and it's going to invest more money over a long time in that I guess one one interesting thing about the announcement is is Amazon is up front that , the workers who are we train aren't necessarily going to get those higher skilled jobs at Amazon while the training can help Amazon find that talent it needs its human resources executive in a statement says quote it might be a stepping stone to different aspirations and ads Amazon wants to help create more professional options for its employees Amazon says its fastest growing highly skilled jobs in the past five years include data mapping specialists data scientists logistics coordinators and transportation specialists