Applications for 2020 Census jobs will close at 12:00 AM EDT on September 30, 2020. Click here to apply.

After You Apply

The U.S. Census Bureau may reach out for additional information or to conduct a job interview. Before beginning work, you must complete a background check and training.


What To Expect

The Census Bureau needs to fill hundreds of thousands of positions across the country, so recruiting efforts start months before job offers are made. Depending on when you apply, it may be several weeks or months before hiring begins in your area.

The good news is that your application can remain in the applicant pool for the entire 2020 Census cycle. As a result, whenever the Census Bureau has openings in your area, your application may be considered, unless you ask us to no longer consider it.

Already Applied or Offered a Job?

You can check your status or update your application by logging in to the account created when you applied. You will receive an email notification when the status of your application changes.

Application Timeline


After you submit your application, you can keep track of your status by logging in to your account.

Job interviews

An interviewer will reach out to potential hires to conduct a phone interview. Job offers are made verbally, but candidates will also receive a letter by email.

Job offers

Generally, job offers for field positions are made approximately 60 days prior to training.

If selected, you will receive an email with information on completing your fingerprinting, background check, and hiring paperwork. These steps must be completed to receive information about training.

If you decline a job offer you will be placed back into the applicant pool. If you decline job offers three times, you will be removed from the applicant pool. 

Background checks and fingerprinting

The Census Bureau performs background checks and reviews criminal records as part of assessing applicants’ past conduct and suitability for employment. All candidates who receive a tentative offer of temporary 2020 Census employment go through a pre-appointment process.

Your offer may be withdrawn if you do not pass the background check. The process can take several weeks from the job offer to your first day on the job. See 2020 Census Fact Sheet: Hiring and Background Checks for more information.


Your exact time commitment for the paid training will be determined by the position and operation that you’ve been selected to fill. You will receive this information during your interview or by email. If you do not complete the training, you will not receive a work assignment. 

Getting started

Selected applicants are officially hired when they are sworn in and have taken the oath of office. This usually happens on the first day of work or training.

Updating Your Application

You can update your application by logging back in to your account. Once you log in, you will see a button labeled "Edit Application." If the button does not appear, it may be that your application is not far enough along in the process to be updated. Please check back again later if you do not see the button.

To withdraw your application from consideration, call 1-855-JOB-2020 (1-855-562-2020) and press 3 to reach your area census office. You may also use the Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339 for TTY/ASCII.

Understanding Your Status

You will receive an email notification when the status of your application changes. You can also check your status anytime by logging in to your account.

The following are examples of a status you may see:

– Selected: Selected applicants are candidates who have been offered a job and accepted the offer. Selected applicants must complete the background check process and report to work before they are officially hired.

– Ineligible: There are a variety of reasons a candidate might be ineligible for a position. To learn more, contact your area census office at 1-855-JOB-2020 (1-855-562-2020) and select option 3 (or call  1-800-877-8339 for TTY/ASCII).

If you believe your status is incorrect, contact your area census office for more information.

Having Trouble Logging In?

If you are having trouble logging into your account---or for more information about updating your email address or password---please consult these frequently asked questions

Spread the Word

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