Google’s quickly developing self-driving car project is creating some promising employment opportunities for a number of industries, as they put out calls for engineers, marketers, and developers.
Google has listed a total of 36 professional jobs on its website for the self-driving car project, with the majority of the positions involved with development and testing of the systems.
While many of the jobs are for engineers, there is also a listing for a policy analyst position, a head of real-estate services position, and a marketing manager position.
So far, Google’s driverless car promises to take care of all driving responsibilities — besides, of course, things like oil changes, which thanks to technology only requires attention every 10,000 miles or so. The company has even put in a request to be granted the right to omit steering wheels entirely from their designs.
These cutting edge vehicles could be a godsend for elderly individuals who can no longer drive or just wish to relax in their vehicle. It has also been heralded as a safer method of transportation, as a majority of auto accidents are attributed to human error. With Apple and Tesla placing their own serious bids in the driverless car competition, it is quickly shaping up to be what USA Today calls “one of the hottest contests in auto industry.”
In their job descriptions, Google hints that some of the obstacles that the program will face will involve the idea of community involvement, acceptance, and awareness.
“This is not a conventional marketing role,” says the job description for the marketing manager. “You will help bring self-driving cars to market by designing and executing programs that help win the hearts and minds of local communities, opinion formers and governments.”
Meanwhile, the manufacturing process engineer that Google is looking to hire will be part of a team that “responsible for developing and/or approving manufacturing process flows, designing factory assembly stations, optimizing production floor layout, automating critical manufacturing processes and approving fixture designs used in the assembly of electronic modules for the self-driving car.”