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In advance of the 2020 Census, the U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting thousands of people for temporary jobs across the country.

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Overview

These positions provide the perfect opportunity to earn some extra income while helping your community. The results of the 2020 Census will help determine each state’s representation in Congress, as well as how certain funds are spent for schools, hospitals, roads, and more. This is your chance to play a part in history and help ensure that everyone in your community is counted! 

Job Qualifications

To be eligible for a 2020 Census job, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Have a valid Social Security number.
  • Be a U.S. citizen.
  • Have a valid email address.
  • Complete an application and answer assessment questions. (Some assessment questions are available in Spanish. However, an English proficiency test may also be required.)
  • Be registered with the Selective Service System or have a qualifying exemption, if you are a male born after Dec. 31, 1959.
  • Pass a Census-performed criminal background check and a review of criminal records, including fingerprinting.
  • Commit to completing training.
  • Be available to work flexible hours, which can include days, evenings, and/or weekends.

Most jobs require employees to:

  • Have access to a vehicle and a valid driver’s license, unless public transportation is readily available.
  • Have access to a computer with internet and an email account (to complete training).

If you are employed elsewhere, your current job must be compatible with Census Bureau employment and not create conflicts of interest. These will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Also, you must not engage in any partisan political activity while on duty.

The Census Bureau is an equal opportunity employer. For more information, visit our Equal Employment Opportunity page.

If you are a veteran who served on active duty in the U.S. armed forces and were separated under honorable conditions, you may be eligible for veterans’ preference. Documentation supporting your claim for preference must accompany your application. For more information, visit the U.S. Office of Personnel Management Veterans’ Preference page

Ready to Apply?

If you meet these qualifications, take the next step toward joining our team! The application process takes about 30 minutes. You will need to provide your Social Security number, home address, email address, phone number, and your date and place of birth.

 

 

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What to Expect

Most 2020 Census positions will likely last several weeks. These temporary positions can include census takers, recruiting assistants, office staff, and supervisory staff. They feature:

  • Competitive wages
  • Weekly paychecks
  • Flexible hours
  • Paid training

Some positions require evening and/or weekend shifts because you must be available to interview members of the public when they are at home. In addition, most 2020 Census jobs require employees to have:

  • A valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle, unless public transportation is readily available
  • Access to a computer with internet and an email account (to complete training)

While positions are available across the country, the Census Bureau is committed to hiring people to work in the area where they live. After all, you are likely the most familiar with the people and places within your own community.

To learn more about positions near you, contact your area census office at 1-855-JOB-2020 (1-855-562-2020) and select option 3. You may also use the Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339 for TTY/ASCII.

To learn more about specific pay rates in your area, please visit our Pay & Locations page

Timeline

Job offers for field positions are made approximately 60 days prior to training. The 60-day window between job offer and training allows time to conduct background checks (including fingerprinting). Job offers are contingent upon the outcome of the background check.  Applicants who pass the background check are hired and trained approximately 60 days after they receive a job offer.

2020 Census Recruiting and Hiring Timeline for Census Takers

 2020 Census Recruiting and Hiring Timeline for Census Takers

* May not be available for this entire timeframe

 

 

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Job Details: Frequently Asked Questions

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The largest number of openings are for census takers. In areas where the Census Bureau has local offices, clerical jobs are also available. In addition, there are a few supervisory and recruiting outreach positions. You can apply for these jobs with one application; the online process will guide you.

Most positions are anticipated to last several weeks, but employment may end at any time or hours of work may be reduced if there is a lack of available work. 

Positions are located throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. Contact your area census office for more information. Call 1-855-JOB-2020 (1-855-562-2020) and select option 3; when prompted, enter your ZIP code to be routed to your area census office. You may also use the Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339 for TTY/ASCII.  

Your work schedule will depend on your position. Generally, hours for field positions are flexible. Some field positions require you to work during the day so you can see addresses on buildings. Other field positions require you to interview members of the public, so you must be available to work evenings and weekends, when people are usually at home. Supervisory positions require employees to be available for certain day, evening, and/or weekend shifts.

Hours for office positions are variable, depending on the availability of work. Most administrative work is done during regular business hours, but office employees may be required to work in the evenings and on weekends. 

Field positions require interviewing members of the public, so employees must be available to work when people are usually at home, such as in the evening and on weekends. Office employees could also be required to work some weekend hours, depending on the availability of work.  

Jobs for the 2020 Census offer competitive wages, which are paid weekly, as well as paid training. In addition, employees doing fieldwork are reimbursed for authorized work-related expenses such as mileage. For more detailed information on specific pay rates, please visit our Pay & Locations page. The map will show the pay rates in your area.  

Temporary 2020 Census employees are paid weekly through direct deposit or a paycheck in the mail. They can expect to receive their first paycheck 10 to 14 days after their first day of work, and they will receive subsequent paychecks every 7 days.  

Yes, field employees will be reimbursed for authorized work expenses such as mileage incurred while conducting census work.  

Positions for the 2020 Census are temporary. However, you can visit the Census Careers page or USA Jobs site to search for permanent employment with the Census Bureau.  

How To Apply 

Candidates must complete an online job application. The application process includes assessment questions about your education, work, and other experience.  


The U.S. Census Bureau is an equal opportunity employer.