In advance of the 2020 Census, the U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting thousands of people for temporary jobs across the country.
These positions provide an 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 other services.
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.)
- Pass a Census-performed criminal background check and a review of criminal records, including fingerprinting.
- Commit to completing training.
- Be registered with the Selective Service System or have a qualifying exemption, if you are a male born after Dec. 31, 1959.
- 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. To complete training, it is also necessary to have access to a computer with internet and an email account.
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. Employees must not engage in any partisan political activity while on duty.
Veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. armed forces and were separated under honorable conditions may be eligible for veterans’ preference. Documentation supporting a claim for preference must accompany the application.
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, and paid training.
Some positions require evening and/or weekend shifts to interview members of the public when they are at home. While positions are available across the country, the Census Bureau is committed to hiring people to work in the area where they live.
The application process takes about 30 minutes. Applicants will need to provide a valid Social Security number, home address, email address, phone number, and date and place of birth.
The Census Bureau is an equal opportunity employer.
To learn more about positions near you, contact your area census office at (855) JOB-2020 and select option 3. You may also use the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339 for TTY/ASCII. To learn more about specific pay rates in your area, please visit 2020census.gov/en/jobs/locations.html.