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 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!
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.
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.
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 Locations page.
- Fall 2018: The Census Bureau will launch a smaller-scale recruiting effort to fill recruiting assistant, office operations supervisor, and clerk positions for offices that will open starting in January 2019. The first job offers will be made in the fall of 2018. To determine whether there will be an office in your area and to see the pay rate for office positions, please visit our Locations page.
- January 2019: Recruiting will begin for census taker positions for Address Canvassing, the first major field operation of the 2020 Census. The recruiting effort to support the Address Canvassing operation will take place from January 2019 through June 2019. Applicants selected to work on this operation will work mostly daylight hours, updating address lists and maps.
- Summer 2019: The majority of job offers for the Address Canvassing operation will be made in the summer of 2019. Several thousand positions will be available throughout the country.
Job Details: Frequently Asked Questions
What are the available positions that I can apply for?
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 all jobs with one application; the online process will guide you.
How long will the 2020 Census jobs last?
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.
Where are the jobs located?
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.
What will my work schedule be?
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.
Will I be required to work on the 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.
What do the jobs pay?
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 Locations page. The map will show the pay rates in your area.
How often will I be paid?
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.
Do you offer reimbursement for work-related expenses?
Yes, field employees will be reimbursed for authorized work expenses such as mileage incurred while conducting census work.
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